Training & events

OCVA trains volunteers, trustees and staff working in voluntary, community and non-profit organisations across Oxfordshire and beyond.

We aim to improve your skills, knowledge and confidence with accredited and non-accredited training; leading to personal and career development.

Why train with us?

Our training sessions are delivered by a friendly team of internal and external experts in their field, with an understanding of the issues that affect the sector. We keep the session fees low as low as possible to ensure sessions are open to all.

To address the complexities of issues affecting the sector our training courses are always changing and evolving to respond to the needs of those who require our services. One of the many ways in which we are trying to improve our services includes making our training mobile, with sessions to be implemented across the county. This is in make certain that all individuals and organisations based outside of the city centre have an easier chance to access our courses.

*Training is VAT exempt.

Current training sessions

We are pleased to be able to provide training sessions online.
These will be done using the Zoom online platform.

Effective Remote Team Management

2 sessions both from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm  (4 hours in total) 

Thursday 11th March and Thursday 18th March 2021 (£90 – £120)

As home and virtual working is becoming more popular it is now imperative for managers to develop their skills in engaging a remote workforce.

Attending this 2 part workshop will enable you to explore the evolving nature of team management by focusing on leading employees remotely.

Participants need to attend both sessions

How To Be A Good Trustee

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm (2 hours) 

Tuesday 16th March 2021   (£45 – £75)

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.

How to Make Diversity and Inclusion Real 

Session 1:  How to practice intentional inclusion. Thursday 8th April 2021 

Session 2:  How to attract and retain diverse talent. Thursday 15th April 2021

Session 3:  Finding growth: supporting your volunteers, clients and service users from diverse backgrounds. Thursday 22nd April 2021

Cost: £25 – £60 for one session

          £45 – £75 for two sessions

          £60 – £90 for threes sessions

In the backdrop of the covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) global protests which have highlighted persisting systemic inequalities across society, many organisations are rightly reviewing their structures, practices, and cultures to test and ensure alignment with their espoused values across success indicators such as race and class.  However, there is often a wide gap between desiring change and having the necessary awareness and knowhow to drive tangible results.

This 3-series workshop aims to be a starting point for participants to gain the confidence and language to embark on a shared journey towards making workplace and community-facing diversity and inclusion real in their organisations. 

Recruiting Volunteers and the Five Ways to Wellbeing 

Tuesday 13th April 2021     1.00 – 4.00 pm

Cost: £45 – £75

This is a joint training session delivered by OCVA and Oxfordshire Mind

This training session looks at how you can recruit, retain, and motivate volunteers and the impact volunteering can have on a volunteer’s wellbeing.  

There will be opportunities throughout the session to reflect on your current methods of recruitment and volunteer management and how you can adapt them to the “new normal” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This workshop gives an overview of how both physical and mental health benefits can be used to motivate people into volunteering and is aimed at those who have a role in recruiting volunteers. 

Bid Writing Workshop


Wednesday 14th April 2021

10.00 am – 1.30 pm ( 3.5 hours with break midway)

Cost: £45 – £75

Putting together a winning bid to a funder/commissioner is a demanding task. 

This workshop looks at how the process works and the principles that underpin it and will help to craft a bid that is convincing, realistic and comprehensive.

A practical session packed with material to use in real life situations.

Intermediate Social Media Masterclass

Tuesday 20th April 2021

9.30 am – 11.30 am ( 2 hours )

Cost: £45 – £75

During the Covid-19 pandemic, social media has become and even more vital channel for communicating for charities of all sizes, helping raise their profiles, inspire supporters and reach the communities they serve. 

This course will explore how your organisation can thrive online, introduce the use of analytics and social media management tools and look at how to develop engaging and impactful content

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.

Reframing Conflicts

9.30 am – 12.15 pm (2 hours 45 minutes with 10 minute break)

Wednesday 21st April 2021 (£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

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