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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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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?

Charity Chairs Checklist 

Wednesday 29th September 2021

10.00 am – 11.00 am (1 hour)

Cost: FREE

This free online event includes total access to a unique document which has been developed by studying good practice in steering organisations successfully.  Under key headings, the tenth anniversary version includes a Now to Action brief.

It will cover: 

  • What the role of Chair really involves
  • How to transform your performance
  • Creating prioritised goals
  • Planning for success

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.

Coaching Skills

Thursday 7th October 2021

10.00 am – 12.00 pm ( 2 hours )

Cost: £45 – £75

At this time when we are all being asked to work in different ways and with different challenges, all manage need to enhance their skills. One skill in particular that has become very important is to be able to coach staff to come up with their own ideas. Therefore, this is a must attend session to help you to be equipped to support and develop staff and ones self.

Attending this 2 hour workshop will enable you to explore what is needed to coach others effectively.

Introduction to Marketing

Wednesday 13th October 2021

10.00 am – 11.00 am ( 1 hour )

Cost: £15 – £45

This online course explains why Marketing is relevant to the non – profit sector and how it can be applied appropriately. Marketing is the prime activity for creating, communicating,  delivering and exchanging offerings that have lasting value for stakeholders and society

The course will cover: 

  • What marketing really produces
  • How marketing can transform your organisation
  • Creating a marketing ethos
  • Planning for success

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.

Managing Performance 

Wednesday 20th October 2021

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm ( 2 hours )

Cost: £45 – £75

As home and virtual working is becoming more popular it is now imperative for managers to develop their skills in engaging a remote workforce. Our skills need to evolve to maintain performance whether managing teams face-to-face or remotely.

Attending this 2 hour workshop will enable you to explore the evolving nature of team management by focusing on leading employees in a hybrid workforce.

Reframing Conflicts

Tuesday 26th October 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.

Essentials for the Leader in Raising the Profile of your Organisation

Wednesday 27th October 2021

10.00 am – 12.00 pm ( 2 hours )

Cost: £30 – £60

As CEO, this online workshop 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 to have 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.

Improve Your Talks, Presentations and Speeches

Thursday 28th October 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.

Introduction to Strategy

Wednesday 17th November 2021

10.00 am – 11.00 am (1  hour)

Cost: £15 – £45

This online course will provide clear guidelines on developing Strategy and how it relates to tactical activity. Strategy is about giving an organisation purpose and direction, motivating trustees, staff and volunteers to engage meaningfully with funders and beneficiaries.

The course will cover: 

  • What strategy really means
  • How strategic thinking can transform your sustainability
  • Creating a strategic structure
  • Planning for success



Effective People Management

Thursday 18th November 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.


Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

Thursday 25th November 2021

1.00 pm – 3.30 pm (3.5 hours)

Cost: £40 – £70

This is 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 people’s motivations to volunteer and the 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 and how OCVA can help.

Business and Report Writing


Tuesday 30th November 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.

Essentials for the Chair in Effective Development & Planning

Wednesday 1st December 2021

10.00 am – 12.00 pm (2 hours)

Cost: £30 – £60

As Chair, you are responsible for guarding your organisation and its strategy 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 support or a potential Chair looking for successful techniques, this online workshop focuses on practical solutions to achieve positive results for growth and delivery.

An Introduction to Volunteering and the Law

Tuesday 7th December 2021

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm (2 hours)

Cost: £40 – £70

An essential session for those responsible for managing volunteers.

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?

Fundamentals of GDPR: Staff awareness for those new to GDPR or needing a refresher

Wednesday 8th December 2021

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm (2 hours)

Cost: £60 – £90

A two hour data protection staff awareness online training Ideal for anyone new to data protection, as part of a new starter training programme or those needing a refresher of GDPR.

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 ongoing monitoring and adherence.

This 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.

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