FREE Upcoming Training: Charity Legals with Brabners (Thursday 14th June)

In this FREE seminar, Brabners Charity Law solicitors will consider some of the latest and topical issues impacting on charities, their regulation and practice including:
  • The Law Commission’s review into technical issues in charity law
  • Issues for consideration arising from the recent Oxfam and Presidents Club revelations
  • Summary of Charity Commission regulatory cases
  • Hot off the press latest information
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG (map)

To book your place online, please click here. Alternatively, please email; or call 0151 920 0726

Leadership Links sessions in partnership with NCVO – Wed 27th June 2018

Wednesday, June 27th: Good governance in the charity board room  (Book Here)
9.30am-4pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (£70.00 per person)

Can you afford not to attend?

With the overhaul and launch of the new Charity Governance Code[1] in July 2017, we now have a clear set of aspirational standards for good governance in charities.  Covering eight areas on a foundation that Trustees understand their role and their organisation, the Code sets-out recommended practice from clarity of purpose to board room behaviours.


Leadership Links are development and networking opportunities targeted at local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector leaders, coordinators and managers based on a selection of important organisational issues, with two workshops remaining in the current programme.

These one-day, custom events will provide you with skills and greater confidence to review and formulate your organisation’s strategy and to see it through to operational effectiveness, and examine the governance implications of board participation and oversight.

Suitable for chairs, trustees, chief executives, and other senior managers, these two remaining workshops will help you to improve your leadership and management practice within the context of enhancing responsibility and accountability, and provide you with opportunities to learn from others.

Workshop content

The Governance workshop on June 27 will consider:

  • Dealing with uncertainty – what do we need from our board in today’s world?
  • Sustainability and succession – what needs to happen to build and retain the board we need?
  • What’s holding us back from that and what can we do?
  • How systems, processes and administration can support board development
  • The components of effective recruitment, induction and ongoing board support
  • The benefits and approaches to board review
  • How you will implement changes for your organisation?

The facilitator

Following a general management career in the private sector, Howard Exton-Smith has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, trainer and coach specialising in personal and organisational development, strategy and governance, and the management of change.

He works at the intersection of the private, public and third sectors to build capacity by strengthening individuals and organisations.  Client-centred and flexible, Howard employs a collaborative and facilitatory style to solve problems and participatory techniques to foster learning and ownership.  He is a Belbin Team Roles Accredited consultant.

From a background in psychology, marketing and professional services, Howard has extensive experience of delivering successful learning, development and capacity-building programmes with a range of audiences.  He leads NCVO’s open-programme finance, risk and change courses and is also responsible for creating bespoke, in-company, courses when required.

Howard has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and North America and has been a Trustee and Chair of a UK charity.  He holds an MSc in Management.

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Children England – Training is underway to support transition for young people with SEND

As part of our Listen To My Voice project, Children England is delivering training for service managers in Stoke-on-Trent that will help them in their work to support young people with special educational needs or disabilities who are making the transition to adulthood. These workshops enable them to identify some of the challenges for these young people and look at collaborative ways to help break down these barriers, ensuring that the voice of young people is taken into account and understood by services. More training is planned for September and October – read the article to find out more.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Mental Health England accredited (10th & 11th July)

Edsential, working in partnership with The Alliance for Learning, are offering Professional Development Training in ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid 2 day Nationally Accredited course’ for primary and secondary leaders, teachers and support staff.

The Programme

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is exactly what you might think – a first aid approach to mental health.

MHFA training is an intensive course, delivered by a trained instructor (trained by Mental Health First Aid England) over 2 days, aimed at those without specialist mental health training.

In line with the governments Future in Mind policy 2015, all education providers are being encouraged to improve their ‘whole school’ approach to mental health through workforce development and targeted interventions with children and young people and we are delivering training in a number of related areas in order to support schools in this.

The Aims

The core aims of the programme are to enable participants to:

  • Gain a wider understanding, for themselves and others, of some issues surrounding mental health
  • Gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects school
  • Work more effectively with children and young people experiencing mental health problems
  • Identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems
  • Help support children and young people with mental health problems, and look after their own mental health
  • Begin developing an action plan for promoting positive mental health in a school setting

The Training

Date: 10th and 11th July 2017

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Venue: Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port, CH65 2AL

Cost: £300 per person for 2 days training. Lunch and refreshments will be provided


To book please visit:

Emmaus Merseyside’s Seaforth Green is opened for the community

A ‘participation garden’ and community green space have been opened in Seaforth.

The space, to be called Seaforth Green, is next to homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside, and was officially opened on Monday, May 8 by Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne.

Other guests at the event included formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Merseyside along with Seaforth residents.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne, said: “The Emmaus project is really inspirational. I was particularly impressed with their emphasis and getting people into meaningful work.”

Emmaus Merseyside supports formerly homeless people by providing a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it.

The charity runs three social enterprises in Merseyside, taking in and selling donated and refurbished furniture, household goods, bric-a-brac and vintage pieces.

Phil Gibbon, one of the community members at Emmaus Merseyside who now maintains the gardens said: “We hope Seaforth Green and our participation garden will become hubs that bring the local community together.”

The project to revitalise Seaforth Green has been supported by Sefton Council. Dong Energy via GrantScape, provided funding through the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund towards the first phase of the works.

Nigel Mellor, chair of Emmaus Merseyside, said: “I would like to thank all of our supporters who have contributed to the creation of the Emmaus Merseyside community and these two green space sites. We are well underway with our growing project and we will now begin to transform the rundown green into an asset for the local community to enjoy, learn and grow together.

“It will provide training and opportunities for volunteers and homeless people to work with the local community groups and schools.”

Free Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Knowledge Twilight Workshops (January & March 2017)

Sefton CVS will be running a free Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Knowledge workshop in January and March 2017.

The workshop aims are:

  • To increase knowledge and ability to recognise signs and indicators of CSE
  • To improve confidence to respond to CSE in line with Sefton procedures in order to protect children
  • To improve appropriate information sharing by the VCFS in order to protect children experiencing CSE and assist Merseyside Police in their prosecution of offenders where appropriate.

Click here for a flyer with more information on the workshops.

If you are interested in attending one of the free sessions, please complete this booking form (click here), and return to

Working Futures project offers help and support for local, young unemployed people

Working Futures is a new project, part funded by the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative to provide a personalised, flexible package of support to help young people aged 16 to 29, who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEET), to move towards a better future.

The programme will be delivered by a partnership of 22* not-for-profit training providers spanning the six boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, with the ability to offer localised delivery in key areas of need

Led by Greenbank College, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium, the proven multi-agency approach, founded on partners that really care about their local communities, will ensure that those in need of additional support to help develop their skills and find work will receive the best possible service; whatever their starting point.

Assistance will include employability and skills development, work experience and wider barrier removal and the time on the programme will be dependent upon the needs of the individual.

Gerry Kinsella, Greenbank’s Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and to be able to offer this vital service to young people and make a real difference to local communities.

All of the partners have a vital role to play in ensuring the programme’s success and it is an honour to be leading such an experienced partnership.”

Stuart McGrory, Consortium Manager at VOLA added:

“This funding is fantastic news for Liverpool City Region and all its young, unemployed adults. As a collaboration of community based, not-for-profit organisations, we understand the needs of young people in our local communities and are fully committed to helping them find work, or move in to education or training as a stepping stone to the labour market.”

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Knowledge Workshops For Sefton’s VCF Sector

South Sefton: Tuesday 24th May @ Sing Plus, 53 Cambridge Rd, Seaforth, L21 1EZ

North Sefton: Wednesday 15th June @ Waterside Lodge, Marine Drive, Southport, PR8 1RY

There will be 3 workshops on each date taking place at 1-3pm, 4-6pm and 7-9pm
(Arrival 15 minutes before workshop start time for tea/coffee)

Please reserve your FREE place(s) on any of the six workshops

Workshop Aims:
– To increase knowledge and ability to recognise signs and indicators of CSE
– To improve confidence to respond to CSE in line with Sefton procedures in order to protect children
– To improve appropriate information sharing by the VCFS in order to protect children experiencing CSE and assist Merseyside Police in their prosecution of offenders where appropriate.

Who Should Attend: Trustee’s, Company Directors, Managers and Frontline staff (paid and volunteers) that have responsibilities for delivering activities or services for children and young people in Sefton as part of the Voluntary, Community or Faith Sector.

Please reserve your place by returning a booking form (click here to download) to Jenny Dexter
E: T: 0151 920 0726 ext 202

Free training courses for people with a learning disability (People First Merseyside)

People First Merseyside are offering FREE ‘Road Ahead’ Training Courses in Sefton, for People with a Learning Disability aged 18-30.

The first Course this year is Friday 15th April 2016, with a venue in Sefton to be confirmed.

Each course has 8 sessions and all the training is delivered by other young people with a learning disability. Places are limited to 12 people for each course and it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Please phone 0151 707 6751 to book a place or to find out any further information about the training courses.

Some of the things young people with disabilities said about last years courses:

  • “I stood up in front of everyone and talked.”
  • “It was great fun I loved the giant Jenga game.”
  • “I’ve made lots of new friends.”
  • “I am going to be a trainer on the next course.” 

The trainers said:

  • “I feel really proud of myself I’ve done a really good job.”
  • “I want to do it again it has been amazing.”
  • “I love telling people about my life and where I live.”

The aims of the course are to:

  • Improve people’s confidence and self esteem.
  • To help people be more involved in the community and being less isolated.
  • To help people have happier and healthier lives.

Click here to download a flyer from People First Merseyside. (pdf.)

COMPASS: Setting a new course!

COMPASS is a leading, voluntary sector service deliverer of community counselling, NHS contracts, work place support services and professional development training.

At the heart of Compass’ work is our flagship, donation-based community counselling service delivered by highly skilled and trained voluntary counsellors.

COMPASS has set a new course.

To support the board of trustees achieve an ambitious long term plan of action designed to protect, extend and enhance this vital service. which includes attaining service accreditation with British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and reach Star Standard, a quality standard that is designed to enable voluntary sector groups to demonstrate their effectiveness and contribution to local agendas, the Compass Council of Management are pleased to announce the following;

Gary Williams has been appointed Vice Chair of the Compass Council of Management. A member of the BACP, Gary works as a counsellor for COMPASS and in private practice offering person centred counselling & solution focused brief therapy for members of the emergency services & performing artistes in the entertainment industry.

Andrew Reeves joins the Compass board of trustees, Andrew is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist (Snr. MBACP) as well as a Fellow of BACP (FBACP). who originally trained as a social worker before then training in counselling and psychotherapy.

Andrew has researched therapy with suicidal clients and people who self-injure and self-harm for over 15 years and have written extensively about this.Over the years he has delivered highly-regarded workshops to many thousands of therapists, psychologists, mental health workers and teachers and have a national and international reputation for delivering engaging, inclusive, insightful and humorous training workshops.

Registered Office:
151 Dale Street Liverpool L2 2AH
Compass is Registered in England & Wales as a Registered Charity No. 700335  and a Company Limited by Guarantee No.2235061