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We are pleased to be able to provide training sessions online.

These will be done using the Zoom online platform. Please see below for our current training courses and follow the links for further information and to book online.

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Volunteering and Mental  Wellbeing 

Recruiting Volunteers and the Five Ways to Wellbeing

Thursday 24th June 2021

1.00 pm – 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. 

The Financial Responsibilities of Treasurers and Trustees

Tuesday 6th July 2021

10.00 am – 12.00 pm (2 hours)

Cost: £45 – £75

The role of treasurers and other trustees in ensuring effective financial planning and safeguarding of voluntary organisations is vital.

This session will help trustees/treasurers to understand their role and come up with some practical actions they can take to ensure that they both safeguard the charity’s assets and ensure they are used effectively. 

This session will be useful for new trustees, those who have taken on the role of treasurer or chair and those who wish to refresh their knowledge.

You will build your understanding of the role of a treasurer in a small voluntary organisation and develop your ability to deal with the specifics of the finances of a small voluntary organisation.

Effective Fundraising Workshop – A Strategic Approach

Tuesday 13th July 2021

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

Cost: £45 – £75

This workshop offers a comprehensive and practical introduction to getting the funding to support your organisation and its projects.  A lot of fundraising work is wasted effort.  Often we struggle to build and make a compelling case. 

This workshop outlines key tried and tested ideas, highlights important trends and opportunities and shows how we can take a more planned and strategic approach to fundraising.

The course covers: 

  • What do we mean by effective fundraising – overcoming common blocks
  • Mapping out the funding landscape
  • Key trends in the funding world
  • Developing your case for support
  • Making your pitch
  • Building a supporter base.

Improve Your Talks, Presentations and Speeches

Wednesday 1st September 2021

10.00 am – 12.00 pm (2 hours)

Cost: £35 – £65

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.

Improve Your Copywriting Skills To Get More Impact

Thursday 9th September 2021

10.00 am – 12.00 pm (2 hours)

Cost: £35 – £65

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 two-hour online 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.

Business and Report Writing


Wednesday 15th September 2021

10.00 am – 12.00 pm (2 hours)

Cost: £35 – £65

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 two-hour online course gives you the skills and techniques to make writing jobs easier – enabling you to write with greater speed, confidence and results. The course will be run online using Zoom.

Effective People Management

Thursday 16th September 2021

10.00 am – 12.30 pm (2.5 hours)

Cost: £45 – £75

Are you new to management? Or 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.


Collaboration and partnership working – making it work

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

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

Cost: £45 – £75

Increasingly organisations are being encouraged or pushed to work together.  Either is alliances, joint programmes or cross sector partnerships.  This half day workshop outlines what is possible and what we can do to create partnerships that really work. It will cover: 
  • Why collaborate? – What’s driving it?
  • What’s possible – from alliances to mergers – a review of models available.
  • Negotiating an effective relationship – what’s needed?
  • Success and fail factors – how to get the best out of a partnership?

Reframing Conflicts

Tuesday 28th September 2021

9.30 am – 12.15 pm (2.75 hours)

Cost: £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 be held online via Zoom and 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.

Designing and Managing Projects

Wednesday 6th October 2021

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

Cost: £45 – £75

Increasingly, it is easier to get support for a project rather than long term funding.  Projects are usually fixed term, have a specific scope and and focus and require particular skills to manage them.

What will I learn?

  • How to turn an idea into a project.
  • Tools for project design
  • Managing key events in the life of your project.
  • Project leadership.
  • Managing the project’s end.

Researching and Prioritising Funders 

Tuesday 19th October 2021

10.00 am – 12.00 pm ( 2 hours )

Cost: £40 – £70

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 two 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.

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will:

  • Be able to identify suitable funders for your project or organisation
  • Develop techniques for sourcing likely funders to meet your project needs
  • Gain an understanding of what funders are looking for
  • Be able to prioritise the needs of likely funders for your project

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Email training@ocva.org.uk or call us on 01865 251946
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