* Training Special - 9th February 2015 *

Please see below for up-coming training opportunities...
Introduction to Safeguarding Children

25th March - Belford - 9:30am - 12:30pm

This course is a 1/2 day introduction to child protection issues for volunteers and paid workers in community and voluntary groups and organisations e.g.Youth/Church/Sports groups, advice centres, drop in centres, community centres etc. The aim is to provide participants with a basic awareness of what child abuse is, child protection procedures and your responses to child protection.

Delivered by VoiCeS on behalf of NSCB.  For further details about the course and to find out how to book, please click here.

Deaf Awareness – Equality Training
Thursday 11th February 2015 AM & PM sessions available – Belsay Training Room, County Hall, Morpeth.

Do you know how to improve and make services more accessible for people with hearing loss such as: hard of hearing, deafened, Deaf and deafblind? Do you understand about the correct and different types of support for these people? Do you come into contact with older people or children with hearing loss?

Aims and objectives
This course is to help staff develop an understanding of hearing loss and the differences between people who are D/deaf and hard of hearing and the requirements of each individual.

Please click here for further information.

Should you wish to book a place on this training, please contact Learning & OD, 01670 623160 or email Learning&

Create Your Own Website 

12th March 2015 at Seahouses Sports & Community Centre.

This is a practical course which will help organisations to create and publish a website using Google Sites.  Topics covered:
  • Accessing Google Sites and using a template.
  • Editing page layout, text and pictures.
  • Adding documents and a Google Map.
  • Registering and mapping a user friendly url
  • Getting your site on Google Search

This course is suitable for: VCSE trustees, employees and volunteers with little or no experience of website design.

If you are interested in attending this training please contact Marc Johnson for more details and course fees. 

Introduction to Welfare Benefits

24th February 2015 - Hexham
5th March 2015 - Blyth

Training will be delivered from 10.00 – 4.00 and lunch will be included.

Northumberland Advice Network are organising some FREE training sessions on the subject of 'Basic Introduction to Welfare Benefits' for Northumberland Advice Network members only. The Network is free to join.

The session will be interactive with exercises and discussion. To get the most out of the day, please come prepared to participate!

If you wish to attend one of these sessions, please email or telephone: 01670 501261.

Is Your Organisation Deafblind Aware? 

Scene Enterprises CIC has received support from the Big Lottery Fund to offer North East voluntary sector organisations the opportunity to have key staff and volunteers trained and suitably qualified to identify and support their deafblind service users.

The completely free of charge series of unique, accredited one day training courses will also increase your organisations equalities capacity and profile. The training starts with the Foundation Certificate in Deafblind Awareness and for those who wish to continue there is also the Deafblind Communicator Guide and Acquired Communication Disorder Communication Facilitator courses.

This training opportunity, which would normally cost £295 per person, per day, is completely FREE of charge and is taking place across each local authority area beginning in February.  Training starts at 9.30am – 3.30pm and includes all refreshments and lunch.  For further information, including training dates in Northumberland, click here.

Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 

Wednesday 10th June 2015 - Berwick upon Tweed

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland's specialist training programme is built on our 35 years’ experience in working with survivors of sexual violence and feedback from previous training participants.

Delivered by Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland.  For further details, including booking instructions and pricing, please click here.

Working with Adult Survivors of Rape & Sexual Assault

Wednesday 14th October 2015 - Hexham

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland's specialist training programme is built on our 35 years’ experience in working with survivors of sexual violence and feedback from previous training participants.Delivered by Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland.  

For further details, including booking instructions and pricing, please click here.

Sexual Exploitation Training

17th March 2015 - Bell View, Belford - 9:30 am – 12.30 pm

From this training participants will:

  • Have an understanding of what sexual exploitation is, its impacts and the pattern of sexual exploitation in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear
  • Be able to identify risk factors in young people that should lead to further questions around sexual exploitation
  • Understand the safeguarding process in relation to young people at risk of sexual exploitation
  • Be aware of what services are available for young people and how those services work with young people around sexual exploitatio
  • Have examined their practice in relation to sexual exploitation issues

Who Should Attend?
Professionals and carers who have regular contact with children and young people. Delegates should have completed introductory level safeguarding training.

Delivered by the NSCB.  To apply, please complete and return the following application form.

E-Safety Training

19th March 2015 - West Hartford Fire Station, Cramlington - 9:30 am – 12.30 pm

This half-day course uses CEOP Ambassador training materials to support professionals in ensuring they recognise and manage the risks of new technologies. It will also enable delegates to disseminate CEOP materials and resources to children and young people.
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the training delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the role of CEOP and its work, including the Report Abuse mechanism
  • Recognise the different technologies that young people use, how they use them and the risks posed by this use
  • Identify methods of protecting young people when using these technologies
  • Identify what Cyber bullying is (including racism, xenophobia and homophobia) and how it can be combated
  • Understand the term Child Trafficking and recognise possible indicators
  • Understand how to access Thinkuknow resources and use them safely and appropriately with young people

Who Should Attend?
Anyone working with children and young people in Northumberland
In order to meet CEOP requirements, all delegates attending this training must provide evidence of their CRB clearance (certificate or a letter from their manager) and photo ID. Please bring these with you on the day of the course.
Anyone failing to provide this evidence will not be allowed to attend the training.

Delivered by the NSCB.  To apply, please complete and return the following application form.

Communicating with Disabled Children and Young People Training

26th March 2015 - West Hartford Fire Station, Cramlington - 9:30 am – 4.30 pm

This is 1-day course is aimed at people who have little or no knowledge of communication with disabled children/young people.
Participants will gain a basic understanding of communication with disabled children and young people.
Learning Outcomes of participants:

  • Gain an understanding of the principles of communication
  • Identify the potential barriers to communication and how to overcome them
  • Gain skills to enable them to explore the needs of the child/young person
  • Identify good practice approaches
Delivered by the NSCB.  To apply, please complete and return the following application form.

FREE OCN Level 2 Award in Community Development
CVA Blyth Valley are now offering OCN Level 2 Awards in Community Development FREE to local voluntary organisations and community groups.

This level 2 award aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of those involved in community development practice. The qualification provides underpinning knowledge for the practice of community development and enables people to enhance the effectiveness of their community development work either as volunteers,  full or part time community development staff, or as personnel of organisations and services with a community development approach.
This qualification contributes to the upskilling of our community development workforce (paid or unpaid) equipping people and organisations with the power and resources they need to make a real difference in their communities.

Entry Requirements:
There are no specific entry requirements for these qualifications, but it is helpful if learners have sound literacy, numeracy and study skills.  Some units  require the demonstration of skills in a community based context and learners must be active in a community and its development.

Course content:
·         Development of community groups
·         Social inequality and diversity in communities
·         The purpose and processes of community development
Course delivery:
Candidates will be required to attend 4 full days training or 8 evening sessions, produce a portfolio of work and will be required to undertake some learning in their own time.  Support will be given throughout this process.

Dates and venues are yet to be set as we intend to tailor the courses to be as accessible as possible with days, dates and venues to suit the majority of the participants to maximise participation.

To express an interest in enrolling on this course or for more information please email us on  or contact us on 01670 353623.



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