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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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How to Make Diversity and Inclusion Real 

Session 1:  How to practice intentional inclusion.  Taken place on 8th April 

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. 

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

Wednesday 21st April 2021

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

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 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

Measuring Up – Showing the Impact of Your Work  

Tuesday 11th May 2021

10.00 am – 1.00 pm (3 hours with a short break halfway)

Cost: £45 – £75

It’s no longer good enough just to do good work. We now need to be able to prove it and show it. 

This practical session will look at how we can move away from playing a ‘numbers game’ and focus more on the outcomes and the difference our work makes.  The session will look at tested ways of measuring the impact of what we do, how we can encourage people to take a longer term view and provide useful evidence for funders and commissioners

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

Wednesday 12th May 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.

Collaboration and partnership working – making it work

Tuesday 8th June 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?

Designing and Managing Projects

Tuesday 15th June 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.

Recruiting Volunteers and the Five Ways to Wellbeing 

Currently postponed. New date being arranged.   Contact training@ocva.org.uk for more details.

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. 

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