Don’t miss upcoming FREE Training from Sefton CVS (starting Friday 20th July)

Please see below for the latest FREE training opportunities from Sefton CVS. To book your place at any of the sessions below, please email or click here to book your place online.

An Introduction to Good Practice for Fundraising

Friday 20th July 2018
Aimed at new and developing groups this workshop will give you guidance and the basic tools to organise a successful fundraising strategy.  The content includes fundraising strategies, policies and organisational capacity.  We will show you how to understand the priorities of the funders, how to prepare to write your bid, how to engage with key stakeholders and the best approach to a successful fundraising campaign.  This workshop will show you how to take account of internal time/costs and external costs.  Also how to consider results, contingencies and expectations.

Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG

An Introduction to Effective Governance and Leadership

Monday 23rd July 2018
The pathway to sustainable development is effective governance and good leadership.  This half day workshop will give you the tools you need to support to you implement good policies and practice to enhance the governance in your organisation.  You will learn agile solutions for your leadership problems and enhance your confidence in managing and leading your organisation. Content includes: decision making processes, responsiveness, accountability, managing stakeholders, organisational structures and effective action planning.

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

Domestic Abuse Masterclass

Tuesday 24th July 2018
Info: This masterclass will cover a brief outline on the following topics:

  • What is Domestic Abuse?
  • Consider the impact on Victims, Children and Young People.
  • What works well
  • Referral pathways

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

An Introduction to Planning and Managing Events

Friday 27th July 2018
Info: This workshop will walk you through the essential steps to planning a successful event.  It will give you the tools to help you develop your event goals and objectives, organise a team, plan, brand and create a marketing plan and how to evaluate your event.  It will help you to understand what you can realistically achieve with your time and everything else involved in planning and running an event.

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

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

Capital Schools Mental Health

More than half of primary school teachers say they do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems, research suggests.  Just one in 10 “strongly agreed” with the statement that they felt they had the necessary training to feel confident about what action to take when a child was experiencing a mental health problem, compared with 54% who disagreed.

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.

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

3tc’s ‘Technology 4 U’ courses help the digitally excluded

3tc, Merseyside Third Sector Technology Centre, is currently running its free ‘Technology 4 U’ course funded by the Big Lottery for people living in the Church, Derby, Ford, Linacre, Litherland, Netherton & Orrell and St. Oswald area in South Sefton. At just 3 hours per week these courses are ideal for people with little or no computer skills. Topics include:

  • PC & internet basics
  • How to complete online forms
  • Using web e-mail
  • Saving attachments to an online storage area
  • Using a free online word processor and Google search

‘Technology 4 U’ is especially useful for the unemployed as they will learn how to view their Universal Jobmatch account, do job searches, upload and download CV’s and create attractive cover letters etc.

Jackie Kemp, 3tc’s Chief Officer said “As more and more services become digital-by-default there is nothing worse than feeling anxious or nervous about having to use an online service. We want people to be confident using a computer. Perhaps even more importantly we want them to learn computer skills for themselves so they can take advantage of other online services that will save them money and make their lives considerably easier. We show people how they can access a lot of tools and resources for free, and they can continue to use these even after the course ends. Even if you do not own a computer you will still be able to use these tools and resources across a range of community venues that provide free access to the Internet”.

3tc is running its free ‘Technology 4 U’ courses from its base at 3tc House, 16 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 0NY. Anyone interested should ring Claire on 0151-285-4010 so she can check their eligibility

Working Futures Programme for people age 16-29 in Liverpool

Tomorrow’s People is a national employment charity that works with those facing the greatest barriers to employment and helps them to get and keep a job. The charity has helped over 475,000 people on their journey into work since it was founded in 1984.

The Working Futures programme lasts 10 weeks with minimum 12 hours attendance over 2 days weekly. This will include in work placements or training .Participants will be provided with a paid for weekly bus pass and their benefits will be unaffected by attending this 10 week programme.

Support is aimed at people looking to develop their confidence and employability skills. Participants will be given support in choosing their job goals and setting out an immediate action plan. They will also benefit from work experience and CV development.

The Sefton programme will commence from Wednesday 5th October through to Friday, 9th December 2016, from 2nd Floor training room in 3tc House, 16 Crosby Road North, Waterloo L22 0NY (from where we will also deliver future 2017 courses commencing 17th July & 4th December).

Click here for referral form.

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.)