February 2020

How To Be A Good Trustee  – This training course is now fully booked, please email training@ocva.org.uk if you would like to be on a waiting list for the next course.  

Tuesday 25th February 2020 ( 3 hours )   £40 – £70

This course is for new trustees, those thinking about joining a board or existing board members wanting a refresher and update. It aims to provide an overview of the key things you need to know as a trustee. The session will equip you with the knowledge of your responsibilities as a trustee and confidence to know where to go to find out more after the course. The course covers the role of individual trustees and the nature of their collective responsibility, plus some practical tips about how to be effective and add value to the board. There will also be a chance to find out more about some of the latest developments in the sector.

March 2020

Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3 

Thursday 12th March 2020 ( 6 hours )  £95 – £125    

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require all employers to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. This includes carrying out a risk assessment, appointing a suitable amount of first aiders and providing appropriate first aid training.

The QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification designed for those who have a specific responsibility at work, to provide first aid in a range of emergency first aid situations. It is also ideal for people who have a specific responsibility to provide basic first aid in voluntary and community activities. Closing date for registration: 27th February 2020 at 12.00 pm

An Introduction to Volunteering and the Law This training course is now fully booked, please email training@ocva.org.uk if you would like to be on a waiting list for the next course.  

Tuesday 17th March 2020 ( 3 hours )   £40 – £70

This informative and engaging workshop will highlight the key areas to be aware of, and tips to make sure you are adhering to your responsibilities in protecting volunteer’s rights. This course is a basic introduction to volunteering and the law. The session will help you to clarify the legal position in relation to volunteers. How do you ensure that you are supporting and developing volunteers while avoiding the risk of creating contracts and falling foul of employment law?

OCVA’s Volunteer Co-ordinator will use practical exercises, real life examples and current advice to guide you through the process of acquiring volunteers and developing volunteer agreements. There will be useful tips provided on developing an agreement that reflects the role and the volunteer’s responsibilities, without creating a contract. You will also have an opportunity to enhance your knowledge of best practice in managing volunteers to achieve these guidelines.

This is a pro-active workshop, designed to break down the complexities of these regulations and leave you feeling reassured in your responsibilities and management of volunteers.

Reframing Conflicts

Wednesday 18th March 2020 ( 3 hours )  £40 – £70

Conflict is an inevitable part of everyday life.  It is often also experienced as negative, worrying, exhausting, painful, destructive and – at worst – dangerous.  It can be particularly stressful in small organisations that rely on cooperation and commonality of view. However, it can also have positive effects.

This workshop will focus on how conflict arises, what mechanisms are involved and how it might give rise to creative possibilities for change.  Participants will practise using some basic tools and techniques to help achieve this in their work with clients and colleagues.

Intermediate Social Media Masterclass

Wednesday 25th March 2020 ( 3 hours )   £45 – £75

Social media is now the biggest source of internet traffic worldwide – it has already transformed the way society communicates, and how charities of all sizes raise their profiles, inspire supporters and reach the communities they serve. Join us for a fun and fast paced workshop on how your organisation can thrive and drive impact online. This is your chance to get hands on with your channels (twitter, facebook, instagram confirmed so far), share tactics, and have your questions answered by a digital communications expert.

This workshop is designed for those who already have experience running at least one social media channel and are looking to learn more about them. Closing date for registration: 11th March 2020 at 12.00 pm

Comments from previous attendees: ‘Trainer very knowledgeable’  ‘lots of content covered’  ‘excellent interactive course’ 

April 2020

Effective management of grants and multi-funding streams

Wednesday 1st April 2020 ( 3 hours )  £45 – £75

Most organisations are financed through grants and other external funding sources.This course is designed to enable those involved with managing grants and external funding to become more efficient and effective in the financial management of such funds. 

This course is designed to equip the participants with best practices and essentials skills in effective grants/external funding management.

Step up your Email Marketing!

Thursday 2nd April 2020 ( 3 hours )   £45 – £75 

Emails and newsletters are one of the most powerful and cost effective tools for charities to reach our audiences – be they service users, supporters or volunteers! Learn more about how to get the most out of using emails to promote your organisation and engage more effectively. Closing date for registration: 19th March 2020 at 12.00 pm

Comments from previous attendees: ‘ Really useful overview and great tips’ ‘Helpful and informative’ ‘Presenter very open and engaging’

How To Run Successful Meetings

Tuesday 21st April 2020 ( 3 hours )  £45 – £75

Meetings can be a valuable and effective asset if used appropriately,  with clear direction and purpose. This interactive half day course will cover the essential elements of planning and carrying out your meeting, from the preparation through to the future planning. It will also help to identify your preferred style/role at meetings which will allow you to understand others behaviours in a team or meeting situation.

The aim of this session is to provide you with the information and skills you need to ensure that you can run meetings that are well prepared, produce results and identify key actions. It will also enable you to contribute more effectively to meetings.

May 2020

Your role as Leader in raising the profile of your organisation

Wednesday 13th May 2020  ( 2.5 hours )  £40 – £70

This workshop for CEOs will demonstrate the difference that marketing can bring and will provide a format that will help to deliver improved control and performance to all key areas.

For charity CEOs attempting to manage and sustain their organisations in challenging times, marketing often has a lower priority than effective fundraising, bidding for contracts, retaining staff and finding volunteers. However, a well-prepared Marketing Plan is the glue that binds these fundamental needs together into a cohesive expression of how a charity brings value to its community. Marketing is a total understanding of the needs of users combined with the strengths of each charity’s ethos into a powerful and convincing proposition.

This is an interactive workshop and Neil Morrick as the workshop leader will encourage all participants to contribute and discuss ways forward.

Researching and Prioritising Funders

Thursday 14th May 2020  ( 3 hours )     £45 – £75

With increased demands you have less time than before to search for funders. How many of us have wasted hours searching and applying for funding with low returns? This interactive three hour session aims to reduce your funding search time and will help you to identify which funders will closely match the type of funding you need for your project(s) and organisation. 

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Potential training sessions

the list below is for training events previously run through OCVA . If you are interested in any of them, please email us at: training@ocva.org.uk or phone 01865 251946 or complete our online training survey https://ocva.org.uk/2018/08/23/ocva-training-survey/

Basic First Aid
This basic first aid course will equip staff members and volunteers in the event of first aid being required. The course provides information and practical demonstrations, designed to give individuals the basic skills to keep them safe, administer and the skills to save someone’s life.  

Plan Your Evaluation
It is vital for charities to describe the changes that result from their work and the potential long-term benefits to society. When defining a funded project, it is essential to understand the issue your work will address and identify the difference your organisation wants to make. The aim of this course is to help you create an evaluation framework for initiatives, develop a tracking system to monitor progress against targets and communicate your project’s purpose and impact to funders and stakeholders.  

GDPR: an evolution not a revolution
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on the 25th of May 2018 and is the most significant change to data protection law in almost 20 years. This half day training session will introduce the GDPR to delegates, describe the differences between the Data Protection Act 1998 and provide practical steps that need to be taken in order to start implementing GDPR.   

Health and Safety Level 2
The QA Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) is ideal for all employees, as it helps candidates develop a greater understanding of Health and Safety issues and the role that everyone plays in maintaining a safe working environment.  

Fire Safety Awareness Level 1
The QA Level 1 Award in Fire Safety Awareness (QCF) is a  nationally recognised qualification designed for those who want to increase their awareness of fire safety in the workplace. Candidates will learn basic fire safety principles in order to ensure they are keeping themselves and others in the workplace safe at all times. They will also learn what to do in the event of an emergency and the simple measures that can be taken to control the risk of fires.  

Measure Your Impact
Charities are constantly being asked to demonstrate what difference they are making, not just what they are delivering. Good impact reporting can show funders how resources are utilised and highlight what changes an organisation has made on society. Impact results can also inspire your staff, volunteers and trustees. However, many voluntary organisations struggle to know what should be measured and how to include this information in reports. This course aims to demystify impact measurement and reporting. It will be interactive and you will have the opportunity of discussing your reporting needs as part of the course.    

 

Basic First Aid
This basic first aid course will equip staff members and volunteers in the event of first aid being required. The course provides information and practical demonstrations, designed to give individuals the basic skills to keep them safe, administer and the skills to save someone’s life.    

Community Fundraising
This course is for charity fundraisers who organise events and/or use volunteers to fundraise on behalf or in aid of their charity. The course covers the advantages and disadvantages associated with raising funds from local communities, managing volunteers, including legal and regulatory, developing a community fundraising strategy, where community fundraising fits into the broader fundraising strategy, volunteer recruitment and motivation, practical event planning and management, return on investment and how to measure success.    

Microsoft Excel Refresher
This interactive and practical course introduces beginners to the software and explains how it can be used to enhance your work. This course is ideal for learners and refreshers as it covers all the basic elements of Excel in a practical, hand on format, allowing you time to practice the techniques in the session. By the end of the course, learners will be able to format a spreadsheet for printing, create charts, use basic functions effectively and start to analyse data.    

Advanced Microsoft Excel
Do you want to develop your Microsoft Excel skills? Would you like to make your work more efficient through the use of formulas and formatted spreadsheets? This interactive and practical course introduces participants to the advanced techniques and how these can be used to enhance your work. This course is ideal for those who have experience of using Excel, but would like a more in-depth knowledge of how to use spreadsheets more efficiently.

Effective Digital Marketing
Are you taking a joined up (strategic) approach to your digital marketing? Are you using the right channels to reach the right audience for your organisation? How are you engaging with them and are you measuring all that work? This course will give you an introduction to creating a digital marketing strategy. You will leave with the appropriate actions to take back control on your marketing techniques.  

Effective People Management
Are you new to management? Or you would you like to refresh your management skills? This course is designed to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for managing employees in the workplace, as required by a practising or potential first line manager.    

Good Governance: Understanding Your Legal and Financial Responsibilities
This essential session will look at the legal and financial aspects of charitable organisations and the roles and responsibilities associated with them. Perfect for new and existing trustees.  

WordPress for Beginners
Are you new to WordPress? Are you not sure how to manage your site effectively? Are you thinking of creating a new site but not sure where to start? Then this course is for you!    

Advanced WordPress 
Are you already running a WordPress website and want to get the best from it? Unsure of how to make your site work better? Want to learn more about how to manage your site effectively? This is a practical, interactive course designed to help you make your WordPress site more effective.    

Improve your marketing with online digital tools

Today there are a wide range of tools available to help Charities with their marketing communications. However choosing the right tool – or combination of tools – to meet your goals such as fundraising, attracting volunteers, and supporting your core activities can be a challenge.This course is firstly designed to give you an overview of the key digital tools including Mailchimp, LinkedIN, Facebook, Twitter, E newsletters and explain how they could be used to meet your goals. Secondly it is designed to help you get the best from these tools, via practical, hands-on experience.

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
An action packed session filled with practical suggestions and plenty of opportunities to share ideas on how to recruit volunteers and keep hold of them! Volunteer recruitment is a constant challenge for many organisations. This workshop will explore national and local trends in motivations to volunteer and barriers inhibiting volunteering. Equipped with this knowledge you will have the chance to critique current volunteer recruitment campaigns, analyse new and innovative ways for working and learn about current developments in the sector in Oxfordshire. 

Fundamentals of GDPR: For any charity that has either not started the GDPR planning or needs a refresher

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on the 25th of May 2018 and is the most significant change to data protection law in almost 20 years. The GDPR strengthens a number of existing principles and introduces more rights for individuals in the use of their personal data. GDPR should not be viewed as a tick-box exercise, that once ‘compliant’ it can be forgotten about. Charities need to view the regulation as one that requires on going monitoring and adherence. This half day training session will introduce GDPR to delegates, describe the differences between the Data Protection Act 1998 and provide practical steps that need to be taken in order to start and continue implementing GDPR.    

Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator             

Be Prepared – did you know that following a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces a casualty’s chance of survival by 10%? Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the UK’s biggest killers, and yet statistics show that most of the British public are unaware of the life-saving difference they can make by performing CPR and defibrillation.

The QA Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (RQF) qualification has been designed to provide candidates with the skills needed to administer safe, prompt and effective basic life support and use an AED safely in emergency situations.       

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers 

An action packed session filled with practical suggestions and plenty of opportunities to share ideas on how to recruit volunteers and keep hold of them! Volunteer recruitment is a constant challenge for many organisations. This workshop will explore national and local trends in motivations to volunteer and barriers inhibiting volunteering. Equipped with this knowledge you will have the chance to critique current volunteer recruitment campaigns, analyse new and innovative ways for working and learn about current developments in the sector in Oxfordshire.

Managing Volunteers 

Delivered by OCVA’s Volunteer Centre Coordinator, the content will cover volunteer inductions, effective communication with volunteers, strategies for maintaining volunteer motivation and how to deal with difficult situations involving volunteers. There will be opportunities throughout the workshop for discussion and reflection on your current approach to volunteer management, as well as practical suggestions for you to implement.

How to find your brand voice

Do you use words to tell people about your charity? Then this workshop is for you! Most organisations focus on the information they need to communicate about themselves and their work – in other words, their content. But they don’t think as carefully about the language they use to convey that content – their style and tone of voice. And if the way your charity sounds jars with who you are and what you’re offering, it doesn’t really matter what you say, because how you write will be putting people off from the moment they land on your website, read your blog, or pick up your leaflet.

So come join copywriter and brand voice expert Bethany Joy for this hands-on writing session. Merrily throwing marketing jargon out of the window and keeping things simple, interactive, and fun, she’ll be offering you a practical guide to shaping the language your charity uses, so that through it people get a better sense of your organisational personality and are inspired to engage with you.

Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3 

The QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification designed for those who have a specific responsibility at work, to provide first aid in a range of emergency first aid situations. It is also ideal for people who have a specific responsibility to provide basic first aid in voluntary and community activities. 

Health and Safety   Level 2

The QA Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF) is ideal for all employees, as it helps candidates develop a greater understanding of Health and Safety issues and the role that everyone plays in maintaining a safe working environment. Candidates undertake 3 practical assessments during the course plus a multiple choice exam at the end of the course. On successful completion of the course, candidates will achieve a Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace from Qualsafe. The qualification is valid for 3 years but annual refreshers are considered best practice.

Recruiting Volunteers Workshop

 Delivered by OCVA’s Volunteer Centre Coordinator, the content will cover volunteer inductions, effective communication with volunteers, strategies for maintaining volunteer motivation and how to deal with difficult situations involving volunteers. There will be opportunities throughout the workshop for discussion and reflection on your current approach to volunteer management, as well as practical suggestions for you to implement.

Improve Your Online Digital Marketing Skills

Today they are a wide range of tools available to help Charities with their marketing communications. However choosing the right tool – or combination of tools – to meet your goals such as fundraising, attracting volunteers, and supporting your core activities can be a challenge. This course is firstly designed to give you an overview of the key digital tools including Mailchimp, LinkedIN, Facebook, Twitter, E newsletters and explain how they could be used to meet your goals. Secondly it is designed to help you get the best from these tools, via practical, hands-on experience. This course has been extended from 3 to 4 hours following feedback from the previous course to allow more time for practical experience during the session. A laptop, tablet or mobile phone is useful to bring to the session to allow you to try out the tools.

Improve Your Talks, Presentations and Speeches

Are you comfortable when giving talks, presentations and pitching for money – and are they impactful and persuasive?  Enrol on this intensive course and you will learn how to: plan and deliver an effective talk, engage an audience, make a strong impression and impact, and manage potential challenges. You’ll learn how to structure your material for the best impact and present to different audiences. The course will cover the essential skills necessary to plan and build presentations, then to deliver them in the most effective way.

Effective People Management

Are you new to management? Or you would you like to refresh your management skills? This course is designed to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for managing employees in the workplace, as required by a current or potential first line manager. This course will give you the tools to manage employees effectively and efficiently, plus develop your communication and management skills.

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

An action packed session filled with practical suggestions and plenty of opportunities to share ideas on how to recruit volunteers and keep hold of them!

Volunteer recruitment is a constant challenge for many organisations. This workshop will explore national and local trends in motivations to volunteer and barriers inhibiting volunteering. Equipped with this knowledge you will have the chance to critique current volunteer recruitment campaigns, analyse new and innovative ways for working and learn about current developments in the sector in Oxfordshire. There will be opportunities throughout the session to reflect on your current methods of recruitment and volunteer management. OCVA’s Volunteer Co-ordinator will offer his thoughts on how to retain volunteers based on conversations with clients in the Volunteer Centre and the findings of national research.

Business and Report Writing 

Want to improve the impact and effectiveness of your reports, proposals and other documents? Need help with starting or structuring, getting the right tone of voice, or influencing your readers? This intensive and practical three-hour course gives you the skills and techniques to make writing jobs easier – enabling you to write with greater speed, confidence and results.

We start by looking at where business writing goes wrong, discovering the mistakes to avoid (not grammatical ones) and introduce you to the tricks used by professional writers. Then we look in detail at how to write winning reports/proposals.  This includes topics such as: how and where to start, the essentials of effective writing, and how to catch the attention of – and win over – your readers.   

Managing Volunteers       

Delivered by OCVA’s Volunteer Centre Coordinator, the content will cover volunteer inductions, effective communication with volunteers, strategies for maintaining volunteer motivation and how to deal with difficult situations involving volunteers. There will be opportunities throughout the workshop for discussion and reflection on your current approach to volunteer management, as well as practical suggestions for you to implement.   

The role of the Chair in effective Development and Planning

As Chair, you are responsible for guarding your organisation and its mission and guiding the Board and Management to achieve its aims. Your role is becoming increasingly challenging due to the unique requirements of the charity sector.  Development and Planning are the interlinked pillars on which all organisations stand, and straightforward skills in these areas will transform results.

Whether you are experienced and want more ideas, new to the role and needing successful techniques or a potential Chair looking for support, this workshop focuses on practical solutions to achieve positive results for growth and delivery. Neil Morrick is the workshop leader and will cover each topic comprehensively, discuss ways forward and encourage all participants to contribute.

Improve Your Copywriting Skills To Get More Impact   

Are you looking for more impact from your marketing materials? For example, a poster/leaflet that successfully attracts new volunteers/trustees, or a leaflet that gets your events/activities in front of target audiences.  Or do you want some fresh ideas and inspiration for making these challenging writing jobs easier and more fun?

This intensive and practical three-hour course introduces you to the essentials of effective copywriting. It demonstrates which ingredients go into good copywriting – and where some people make mistakes. And it will show you some easy ways to attract and influence your target audience, which will help make your next campaign a success.   

Fundamentals of GDPR: new to GDPR or need a refresher?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on the 25th of May 2018 and is the most significant change to data protection law in almost 20 years. The GDPR strengthens a number of existing principles and introduces more rights for individuals in the use of their personal data. GDPR should not be viewed as a tick-box exercise, that once ‘compliant’ it can be forgotten about. Charities need to view the regulation as one that requires on going monitoring and adherence. This half day training session will introduce GDPR to delegates, describe the differences between the Data Protection Act 1998 and provide practical steps that need to be taken in order to start and continue implementing GDPR. 

Step Up Your Email Marketing

Emails and newsletters are one of the most powerful and cost effective tools for charities to reach our audiences – be they service users, supporters or volunteers! Learn more about how to get the most out of using emails to promote your organisation and engage more effectively.

Introduction to Social Media for Charities

Social media is now the biggest source of internet traffic worldwide – it has already transformed the way society communicates, and how charities of all sizes raise their profiles, inspire supporters and reach the communities they serve. Yet for those brand new to using social media, it can feel very overwhelming knowing how to use and understand these tools! This workshop is designed for those exploring setting up social media for their organisation, or whose organisations have it but are completely new to using it themselves.

Please note that this is a beginner level course. If you already have some familiarity with using social media then please see the Intermediate Social Media Masterclass training course. 

Fire Warden/Marshal Training   Level 2      

This level 2 course is aimed at anyone who requires a course as a Fire Warden or a Fire Marshal. The course covers the latest fire safety regulations and the roles and duties of employees and their responsibilities on Fire Safety. The QA Level 2 Award in Fire Safety (QCF) is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification that has been specifically designed for anyone who has a specific responsibility for fire safety in the workplace, such as designated fire wardens/fire marshals.

Successful candidates will gain an understanding of fire safety management at work and the specific roles and responsibilities related to fire safety in the workplace.

Grow Your Organisation By Solving Problems Differently

All organisations have problems of our volunteers or service users engaging with us. The benefits of solving these problems are huge – yet often we find ourselves struggling to know where to begin. We need a way to do things differently. This workshop will introduce you to a new straightforward process for solving such problems in the most efficient, effective way possible.

The Scientific Secrets Behind Motivating Volunteers 

With cuts to charities and community services it is crucial that our volunteers are more motivated than ever.
During this workshop you will learn how the surprising research into the science of motivation can be used to create more motivating volunteer roles through simple, practical changes, using the three pillars of motivation. You will have plenty of time and guidance to apply your new ideas and learning to a volunteer role from your organisation.

 

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Can’t find what you are looking for? Email training@ocva.org.uk or call 01865 251946.