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Fully funded training for VCSE sector groups & organisations in Gloucestershire

We offer a range of fully funded learning & development opportunities for the VCSE sector in Gloucestershire. Find out about what's coming up hereWe share information about upcoming courses, events and more in our VCSE Sector News Bulletin. You can find out more and sign up to this mailing via our Newsletters page. We also offer a range of free to stream webinars and online courses covering topics such as The Charities Act (2023) and Social Media for Beginners.

Go Volunteer Glos

Go Volunteer Glos provides a range of free webinars and training courses to help organisations find, manage and support their volunteers. Upcoming dates are published on the Go Volunteer Glos website. You can also join our mailing lists to keep updated about future webinars and course dates.

Horses for Wellbeing

Horses for Wellbeing aims to harness the transformative power of horses for emotional and mental wellbeing. Through ground-based activities, utilising the connection between horses and humans, Horses for Wellbeing seeks to cultivate personal growth, resilience, self-esteem, and emotional regulation. The focus is on creating lasting positive changes on the lives of the young people they work with. Horses for Wellbeing provides therapeutic experiences and specialised tailored programmes to meet the unique needs of the target demographic and address challenges such as low self-esteem, separation anxiety and ADHD. You can find out more about their Equine Facilitated Learning on  Horses for Wellbeing's website.

Inclusion Gloucestershire

Inclusion Gloucestershire has a wide range of inclusivity and awareness training available, including the following:

  • Disability Awareness Training – a 3 hour online or face to face training course for up to 12 people delivered by our Experts with lived experience and a Facilitating Trainer - £590
  • Co-Production Training – a 3 hour online or face to face training course for up to 12 people delivered by our Experts with lived experience and a Facilitating Trainer - £590
  • Easy Read Training -  a 3 hour online or face to face training course for up to 12 people delivered by our Experts with lived experience and a Facilitating Trainer - £590
  • Inclusive Communication & Practice Training - a 3 hour online or face to face training course for up to 12 people delivered by our Experts with lived experience and a Facilitating Trainer - £590

These fees are correct as of June 2024. Please visit Inclusion Gloucestershire's website for further information about the wide range of training on offer. To enquire about training or to book on a training course, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunflowers Suicide Support

Three new training courses are available. These are as follows:

  • ASIST - A two day training course for up to 26 people. This course is delivered in person and is £3,100.
  • safeTALK - A 4 hour training course for up to 30 people. This course is delivered in person and is £1,400
  • Suicide First Aid - A one day training course for up to 16 people. This course is delivered online and is £1,700.
  • Suicide First Aid Lite - A 3 hour training course for up to 20 people. This course is delivered online and is £1,200.

These fees are correct as of January 2024. Please visit their Sunflowers Suicide Support's website for more information and to check for any fee changes. The contact email for training enquiries is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Red Horse Foundation

The Red Horse Foundation is offering 10-week courses which include a mixture of theory and experimental practice with their herd. The course fee is £1,000 and courses start on 28 April 2024. You can find out more about their Fundamentals of Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT): Skills and Practice Training for Mental Health professionals and any fee/date changes on their The Red Horse Foundations website

Other learning & development opportunities available in Gloucestershire

  • The Benefact Group has a range of free to view fundraising webinars. You can find out more on their website.
  • Charity Excellence offers a range of free funding workshops. You can find out more on their website.
  • DIALOG training is available for free to VCSE sector groups & organisations in Gloucestershire. DIALOG enables patients to think about their lives in terms of 11 questions. It also asks them to rate their satisfaction with eight aspects of their life and three treatment aspects on a 7-point scale. DIALOG provides a score for quality of life and a score for treatment satisfaction. You can find out more via the following weblink.
  • Domestic Abuse Routine Enquiry (DARE) toolkit training - this training aims to provide a wide range of multi-agency professionals with the tools they need to identify, explore and engage domestic abuse perpetrators so they can be successfully referred on to specialist local services. The DARE toolkit training is CPD accredited and consists of three online compulsory half-day workshops over a three-week period. You can find out more via the following weblink.
  • Gloucestershire County Council Free Carer Aware E-learning - This course covers: Who is an unpaid carer; Carer rights; and Local support. Once you click through to the website you will need to create an account to register with the online portal. If you would like to provide any feedback regarding the training, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
  • Gloucestershire College has a range of free accredited online training courses in topics such as business, health & social care and equality & diversity. You can find out more information on their website.
  • Glos Families Directory offers a range of Parent Workshops and Practitioner Training. You can find out more information on their website.
  • Gloucestershire Primary Care Training Hub has a range of free and chargeable social care related CPD training. You can find out more on their website
  • Gloucestershire Suicide Prevention Partnership Free wellbeing training - The partnership organise a range of courses throughout the year. These courses are free for individuals working/volunteering in public & VCSE sector organisations in Gloucestershire who come across members of the public. You can find out more on their website.
  • LearnPro is an eLearning platform available to all Gloucestershire VCS organisations, and there is no fee. Training includes a range of key subjects such as Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion training. If you would like to access the platform email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to get your organisation registered and create an administrator on the account (so they can record training completed by team members for their CPD and HR files).
  • NHS England Free Telephone Triage Training Programme (Cancer) – Colleagues within the sector that work with oncology and haematology patients can now access free online training to help utilise the UK Oncology Nurses Society (UKONS) triage tool in everyday practice. This training may be useful for anyone in your team that undertakes telephone assessment of cancer patients (including service managers and practice educators). You can find out more on their website.
  • Rathbones Charity Investment Training Hub - Rathbones has a range of free to view webinars covering trustees’ management duties, income-only vs total return on investment approaches, equities selection and more. More information is available on their website
  • Stroud &South Gloucestershire College offers a range of online training courses and accredited qualifications. This includes some recently launched free mental health & wellbeing qualifications.You can find out more information on their website.
  • St John Ambulance provides online and in-person First Aid courses. You can find out more information on their website.
  • Warm & Well Free Introduction to Energy Use in the Home & Fuel Poverty Awareness Training - This training is for Gloucestershire based organisations/services and is for front line staff, volunteers, community workers, councillors, etc. who support communities/households that may be at risk of fuel poverty. The training is fully certified by the CPD Certification Service and runs on various dates throughout the year. You can find out more information via the following weblink.

National training providers

  • Charity Finance Group offers a range of training covering topics such as Gift Aid, finance for trustees and investment training. You can find out more information on the Charity Finance Group's website.
  • Dunhill Medical Trust, Moore Kingston Smith Non-Profit Advisory and the University of Birmingham’s School of Social Policy is offering free Capability Development Training for community-facing organisations. More information is available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • UK Gov Free Qualifications. A range of funded Level 2 qualifications such as Equality & Diversity, Marketing and Health & Social Care are advertised on the following website.
  • The Kings Fund offers a free 'NHS Explained' online course - this course will enable you to gain in-depth understanding of how the NHS works and explore current and future challenges. You can find more information on the Kings Fund website.
  • Getting OnBoard offers a comprehensive training programme for trustees, including a range of free webinars. You can find out more information on the Getting OnBoard website.
  • The Health and Safety Executive provides training courses on a range of topics. You can find out more information on the HSE's website. They also have a work-related stress online learning tool which may be useful for your group/organisation.
  • NCVO offers a range of courses for VCSE sector groups & organisations covering a vast number of sector-specific topics. You can find out more information on the NCVO website.
  • The Kings Fund NHS Explained course - This course will enable you to gain in-depth understanding of how the NHS works and explore current and future challenges.You can find out more on their website.
  • NEW: The Public Sector Executive, in partnership with Crown Commercial Service, has an on demand webinar ready to stream on their website entitled: ‘Sustainability and Carbon Net Zero – good for the economy as well as the environment
  • The Open University has an online platform with hundreds of training courses, including those specifically for VCSE sector groups/organisations. You can find out more on the Open Learn website.
  • Recovery 4 All provides training on working with addiction. You can find out more by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • The South West Cyber Resilience Centre offers training on Cyber Security. You can find out more information on the South West Cyber Resilience Centre's website.
  • Free Ofcom Webinars and Videos - These webinars and videos are available to view on Ofcom's YouTube Channel and include: Introduction to the Online Safety Act and the illegal harms consultationDoes the Online Safety Act apply to your business?; and Demystifying the Online Safety Risk Assessments.
  • Free Staying Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff Training - The National Cyber Security Centre has a free online training session explaining why cyber security is important. It also covers three key areas: defending yourself against phishing; using strong passwords; and securing your devices. More information is available on the NCSC website.

Please note

  • This webpage contains a list of resources and is not an endorsement of any of the above training providers. Please ensure that you conduct the necessary research and due diligence to ensure that any training you attend/commission is appropriate for your group/organisation.
  • We only advertise training courses that are relevant to VCSE sector groups & organisations in Gloucestershire on this webpage. We will prioritise learning & development opportunities provided by VCSE sector groups & organisations and our partners.
  • To ensure that the information contained on this webpage is as succinct as possible, we provide a short overview of opportunities and make decisions about the content contained on this webpage on a 'case by case' basis.
  • For 'one off' events/training courses relevant to VCSE sector groups & organisations in Gloucestershire, please consider contacting us to request whether an article can be included in our VCSE Sector News Bulletin.

Get in touch

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