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.

Have your say and help shape our Sefton CVS Training Programme 2019/20

To support our understanding of your organisation’s training and development needs, Sefton CVS are launching a Training Needs Online Questionnaire which we hope will inform the further development of our training offer for VCF sector staff and volunteers in 2019/20.

Please click here to complete the online Training Needs Online Questionnaire. The closing date for the questionnaire is 12noon on Monday 15th April 2019.

Where possible, we recommend printing off the PDF version (click here) of the document so you can discuss staff/volunteer needs with colleagues before submitting your response. Completion should take no more than 10 minutes.


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 training@seftoncvs.org.uk


Mental Health First Aid Training (2 day accredited course)
Charges Apply (Please contact us for costs )  

Wednesday 27th March & Thursday 28th March 2019 

Info:  The purpose of this training is to equip participants who may come in contact with people experiencing poor mental health with the ability to:
Spot the early signs of a mental health problem; Feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem; Provide help on a first aid basis; Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others; Help stop a mental illness from getting worse; Help someone recover faster; Guide someone towards the right support; Reduce the stigma of mental health problems. Participants who access this training will also benefit personally from the course as they will be able to use their increased knowledge and awareness to look after their own mental health

Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Sefton Carers Centre, South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE


Safeguarding Good Governance

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 

Info: This session will provide guidance and practical tools to support Trustees and managers to achieve good safeguarding governance across their organisation.

Areas that will be covered include:

  • The Charity Commissions expectations in relation to Safeguarding Governance
  • Policies, Actions, Training and Good Practice in relation to achieving Good Safeguarding Governance
  • Achieving a positive and lasting Safeguarding Culture in your organisation

Time: 1:00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG


Effective volunteer recruitment and Induction

Thursday 25th April 2019

This session covers best practice in recruiting volunteers and inducting them into your group or organisation. We’ll provide you with hints and tips, advice on policy and procedure and answer any questions you may have about recruitment and induction. This workshop should ultimately save you time and energy when it comes to future volunteer management.

Facilitators: Facilitators: Mike Howlett and Rachael West

Time: 1-4pm
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG


Safeguarding Adults

Thursday 16th May

Info: The target audience for this course is any frontline staff or volunteers who have face to face contact with adults, as well as those with line management responsibilities for these staff/volunteers. Trustees are also welcome to attend to gain policy and practice knowledge.

The course outcomes include:

  • To demonstrate core values of dignity, respect, choice and control
  • To explore what is meant by safeguarding
  • To identify the different types of abuse
  • To understand your role and responsibilities in the safeguarding process

Facilitators: Simone McCaskill (Sefton CVS) and Jan Campbell (Sefton CVS)

Time: 12.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, PR8 6HQ


Level 1 Safeguarding Children Course (Sefton LSCB Endorsed)

Thursday 19th September 2019 

Info: The target audience for this course is any frontline staff or volunteers who have face to face contact with children, as well as those with line management responsibilities for these staff/volunteers. Trustees are also welcome to attend to gain policy and practice knowledge.

The course will cover:

  • Identifying our safeguarding roles in different settings
  • The legal/historical context related to safeguarding children
  • Explore what is meant by safeguarding, early help and promoting the welfare of children
  • Recognising, Responding, and Reporting Concerns of abuse or neglect
  • Allegations Management, Good Practice, Whistle Blowing  and the role of the Local Authorities Designated Officer
  • Where to access further training

Time: 10:00am – 2.30pm
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG


Safeguarding Adults

Tuesday 8th October 

Info: The target audience for this course is any frontline staff or volunteers who have face to face contact with adults, as well as those with line management responsibilities for these staff/volunteers. Trustees are also welcome to attend to gain policy and practice knowledge.

The course outcomes include:

To demonstrate core values of dignity, respect, choice and control
To explore what is meant by safeguarding
To identify the different types of abuse
To understand your role and responsibilities in the safeguarding process
Facilitators: Simone McCaskill (Sefton CVS) and Jan Campbell (Sefton CVS)

Time: 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: 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 training@seftoncvs.org.uk


 Online Booking Form