Spark Training programme 2021

We offer an affordable programme of webinars and bite-size online learning sessions for Somerset charities and community groups. Our upcoming events are listed below, and you can catch up on our previous free webinars on our YouTube channel.

Covid Community Champions Induction

Join our growing network of Covid Community Champions, and help slow the spread of the virus where you live and work. After attending this short online induction, we'll provide regular updates on Covid-19 and local health and wellbeing support which you can then share with your community, and help keep people informed, safe and well. This session is free to attend.

Tuesday 2nd March, 7pm to 8:30pm

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Trustee Training

Many charities have been adversely affected by the pandemic, and good governance will be crucial in responding the crisis. As we begin to emerge and look to the future, strong leadership is vital in ensuring sustainability for local organisations. This session will help you understand your role, responsibilities, and liabilities as a trustee, particularly in light of Covid-19. We will cover some strategies for re-engaging with your volunteers and beneficiaries, look at what risk assessments are required, and explore how to monitor the changing needs of organisation and its stakeholders.

Thursday 25th March, 10am to 1pm

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Child Protection Basic Awareness

Aimed at VCSE staff and volunteers who work with children, this half-day session will cover current legislation, referral mechanisms and information sharing. We will also look at the categories of abuse, roles, responsibilities and boundaries, early help assessment, safer working practices, and whistle blowing procedures. This session is free to attend but spaces are limited to 2 per organisation.

Tuesday 20th April, 1:30pm to 6pm

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More training topics and dates to be announced, check back regularly for the details.

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An excellent webinar covering all the important topics around setting up community support and mutual aid groups in an emergency. It helped to confirm some of our practice, improve other aspects and answer questions we had been guessing at.

Webinar participant, April 2020.