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.

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

FULLY BOOKED Safeguarding Adults

Friday 15th November

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: Jan Campbell (Sefton CVS)

Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: Southport Community Centre , Norwood Road, Southport, PR8 6HQ

GDPR Training; ‘GDPR 18 Months On’ – Session 1

Thursday 28th November

Info: Do you understand your responsibilities with:

  • Same basic principles as previous Privacy law, but stronger expectations
  • Accountability which is tightened
  • New rights for individuals, and strengthening of existing rights
  • Greater requirements to report breaches
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments which are mandatory
  • Higher penalties for non-compliance

The course outcomes include:

  • Understand your Legal requirements in relation to Data Protection legislation, and the Rights of individuals
  • Maintain documentation on your data processing activities
  • Review and update your Privacy Notices
  • Ensure your process for consent is GDPR compliant
  • Implement measures that meet the principles of data protection by design and data protection by default
  • Conduct Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) where appropriate
  • Ensure prior consultation with ICO for high risk processing
  • Understand what is a mandatory breach notification to the ICO without delay and within 72 hours
  • When notification to data subjects is needed where breach is high risk
  • When compensation for material and non-material damage (e.g. distress) may be claimed
  • Why has the maximum fine increased from £500k to €20m

Facilitators: Suzanne Crutchley (LLM Data Protection & Information Governance Manager for MIAA)

Time: 9.30pm – 12.30pm
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

The CEO: Leading and Managing Change 

Thursday 21st November

Info: Most major change initiatives generate only lukewarm results – many fail miserably.  The most common reason is that many managers don’t realise that transformation is a process, not an event.  It advances through stages that build on each other and it takes time.  Pressured to respond to a VUCA  world or accelerate the process, leaders and managers pull back or skip stages, but shortcuts never work.

Building on change management theories, and the practice and understanding of transitions, this course will provide you with a route map and a set of checklists for leading and managing successful transformations.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

To book your place, please email or call 0151 920 0726

Debt & Mental Health

Tuesday 10th December

The training covers all aspect of personal debt such as housing possession, bailiffs, Consumer Credit Act and debt collection agents, Statute barred debt, Payday loans and continuous payment agreements, banks and consumers first right of a            appropriation, etc.

Learning outcomes, participants will be able to recognise the early signs of debt/mental health and be able to provide initial help.

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

Equality and Diversity Training

Thursday 12th December

Info: This training will cover the following topic:

  • What is: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion?
  • Who are under represented communities & what are the barriers they face
  • Equalities Legislation: what it means for you
  • Discrimination: direct & indirect General Duties & how they should influence your work Being sensitive to need Challenging behaviour

Time: 1pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

Emerging Leaders

Thursday 20th February 2020

Info: This course is for those who would be traditionally seen as middle managers and are now moving into a more senior position and taking on more leadership responsibility.  This role may be more complex than previously and may have more resources and complexity to manage.

You will explore the difference between supervision, management, and leadership to allow you to experience, review and identify effective approaches to leadership whilst considering the advantages and disadvantages of different styles.  The course will help emerging leaders to develop a sense of vision for their department or business unit and to operate more strategically and, ultimately, you will be encouraged to find your own preferred effective leadership style.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

To book your place, please email or call 0151 920 0726

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