VCAS Training & Continual Professional Development

Voluntary and Community Action Sunderland offer a comprehensive Training package to Sunderland’s Voluntary and Community Sector, Statutory Partners and the Private Sector.

We also offer; Bespoke Training packages to organisations that can include, Management Board Roles and responsibilities, Organisational Finance and Risk Assessment Training to name just a few


Running Effective Meetings

Why not take some of the stress away from running your meetings, putting together a well-structured agenda and understanding the role of the Chair are all important elements and enable you to be better equipped for your next meeting. With practical advice and tips about what makes an effective meeting and a helpful check list to put you in control this is the right course to set you on your way to being skilled up ready for any busy meeting.

£10 Members / £30 Non Members


DIY Fundraising

Looking at rolling up your sleeves and raising money yourself, this half day sessions is packed with hints and tips to make the process more effective and make sure you stay within the boundaries of the law. It includes: Methods of raising money, understanding the legal issues, cash handling, and good practice.

£10 members / £30 Non Members 


Minute Taking & Agenda Preparation

This session is ideal for those new to Minute Taking and a great refresher for those more experienced. The session looks at; the purpose of and how to structure and agenda effective minute taking tips and different types of minutes, proof reading. £10 Members / £30 Non Members

Presentation Skills

Terrified of speaking in public? Dreading a presentation? If so, this informative course is for you. Learn how to put together a more effective presentation and the importance of planning. Session also include public speaking and getting the most from visual aids. £10 Members / £30 Non Members

Introduction to DBS Checks

This session is ideal for individuals and volunteers helping you to understand what is a DBS Check? Barring, Regulated Activity, Costs, levels, the Update and Checking Service.  VCAS can also process your DBS application for you!

£10 Members / £30 Non Members


Volunteer Recruitment & Retention

Does your organisation need volunteers? Having difficulty hanging on to them? Come and join Volunteer Centre Sunderland for a nuts and bolts session that tells you everything you ever need to know about effective Volunteer recruitment and retention.

£10 Members / £30 Non Members


Writing Better Funding Bids

Do you struggle with funding bids? Are you having more rejections than hits? Come along to find out the secrets of a good funding bid as it’s all in the process, evidence gathering, completion of the application, identifying your unique selling point, hidden costs and lots more.

£10 Members / £30 Non Members


 Outcomes: All you need to know

Do you know what an Outcome is and how to measure one? This informative session will look at outputs, outcomes and impact, what they mean and effective ways to measure them, also the benefits of benchmarking.

£10 Members / £30 Non Members


 Small Charity Finance

The importance of charity finance is integral to the effective running of small charities / community groups, this informative afternoon session will give you a much better understanding of:  The importance of maintaining good financial records,  Double entry bookkeeping,  Annual accounts and what the Charity Commission need from you.

£10 Members / £30 Non Members 


Understanding Volunteering  

A very informative session aimed at allowing people to understand volunteering, get to grips with the basics of volunteering, the value of volunteering, for the individual, the organisation engaging with the volunteer, the VCS as a whole, the wider community, exploring the volunteer website and what it has to offer. 

£10 Members / £30 Non-Members


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