Training & Masterclasses

Sefton CVS’s Training and Development Service works to enhance the skills and knowledge of VCF sector staff, boards and volunteers in order to build the capability and competence of organisations to sustain themselves and grow.

Sefton CVS is an approved training centre and offers courses accredited through Open Awards, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and ABC as it means common inspection framework standards (CIF).

Non-accredited courses, coaching and peer learning can be provided in group training sessions and through masterclasses and bespoke provision.

The service focuses on:

  • Capacity building to ensure organisations are legally compliant and adopt good practice.
  • Ensuring a professional and up-to-date workforce within the VCF sector.
  • Ensuring organisations are fit for purpose and tender/commission ready.
  • Improving the social and financial value of workforce learning and development.

Sefton CVS, in partnership with NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations), are pleased to announce four Leadership Links training opportunities running from September 2017 until June 2018. Click here for full details

Upcoming Training & Masterclasses 

Please see below for a list of upcoming training and development opportunities from Sefton CVS. Please use the online booking form below to book your place, but if you experience any problems or you require more information, please email 

Relationship/Confidence Masterclass

Wednesday 13th September 2017 
Info: Attendees will learn techniques to use with their clients around mental health. Topics include: Introduction to mental health; Helping clients identify support networks, gaps in those support networks and ways to fill them; How to identify low self esteem in clients and strategies to improve self esteem; Improve clients self confidence in social situations; Working with clients to identify past and current strengths (resilience).
Time: 1pm-4pm
Tutor: George Harvey (Venus Charity)
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

Dementia Friends

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 
Info: A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you.
know living with dementia, every action counts.

Time: 1pm-2pm
Tutor: Conal Devitt (Sefton CVS)
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

Applying for Grant Funding for Heritage Buildings (2017 Update)

Thursday 12th October 2017 
Info: Attendees will be looking at: ‘Ten Top Tips’ guidance principles for applying for grant funding for heritage buildings (based upon the principles that have successfully been employed in the context of places of worship); Real-life (anonymised) examples;
Exercises to enable participants to “have a go” at writing some sections of an application form; Have an opportunity to ask questions in the Q&A session.

Time: 1pm-4pm
Tutor: Ian Simpson MBA CBIFM (Diocese of Liverpool)
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

Marketing and Customer Service Masterclass

Thursday 26th October 2017 
Info: Attendees will understand: the concepts and function of services marketing; the
marketing mix (product, price, place, promotion) to help achieve competitive
advantage; the whole patient/client approach using appropriate listening skills, values, acknowledgement of the customer and patient need. Recognise the importance of physical evidence in terms of how first impressions count. Increase knowledge on how to make their service market ready. Recognise the importance of building trust and core relationships with stakeholders and commissioners. 

Time: 1pm-4pm
Tutor: Anna Nygaard (Public Health, Sefton Council)
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG


Tuesday 7th November 2017 
Info: This short masterclass will briefly cover: Government Counter Terrorism strategy known as CONTEST; Threat levels; Channel – this is a safeguarding initiative;
Merseyside terrorism arrest examples; Conviction DVD – a true story of a vulnerable
individual radicalised via the internet and now imprisoned for terrorism offences.

Time: 1pm-4pm
Tutor: Laura Goad (Sefton CVS)
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

Suicide Prevention Awareness

Thursday 23rd November 2017 
Info: After the session we anticipate attendees will be able to: Identify signs that might
suggest someone is thinking about suicide; Recognise risk and identify key risk factors; List key support services for people who feel suicidal; Have increased confidence to ask direct questions about suicide.

Time: 1pm-4pm
Tutor: Thomasina Afful (Sefton CVS)
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

Making Every Contact Count Level 1

Thursday 7th December 2017
Info: Making Every Contact Count’s (MECC) aim is to maximize the opportunities front line workers have to increase the number of healthy chats in Sefton. We will equip
attendees to do this by providing an overview of the health and wellbeing of the Sefton
population; increase knowledge about the key health messages; highlight what support services are available and what they provide; introduce the skills to have a healthy chat; recognize the opportunities to have a healthy chat; use the 3A’s to deliver a healthy chat in Sefton.
Anne-Marie Morrison (Living Well Sefton)
Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

Online Training

Accredited On-Line Training to the Third Sector £7.50 

  • Child Protection  Certificate accredited Kidscape and Family Lives Level 2 programme (graded against nationally accepted levels and equivalent to GCSE grades A* – C)
  • Safeguarding Adults endorsed by Remploy and the Association of Chief Police Officers Level 2 programme (as graded against the nationally accepted levels and equivalent to GCSE grades A* – C)
  • Equality and Diversity Level 2 programme (graded against nationally accepted levels and equivalent to GCSE grades A* – C)

To book online training please contact us on 0151 920 0726 ext 202 or email

 Online Booking Form