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Training & Qualifications

volunteers training We offer a range of training that supports volunteering, resilience building and individual progression. All training is delivered by qualified and experienced trainers who have an interest or specialism in the topic they are delivering.

All Innovates training is delivered in an informal and relaxed environment; we encourage and deliver for varying learning styles and aim to make the learner feel as comfortable as possible. We have four ranges of friendly professionally delivered training please click on the links to find out more information about the courses.

Various dates available please contact us for dates, or to book a place.


Training for Volunteers

Above workshops (2 hours each) £20.00
All five workshops (over six weeks) £110.00

The Professional Volunteer Accredited Course
ASDAN Community Volunteering Qualification
Level 1 (7 half day sessions) £180.00
Level 2 (9 half day sessions) £267.50

Volunteer Management

Writing a Volunteer Policy
1 day workshop £65.00
Volunteer Recruitment and Selection
1 day workshop £65.00
Managing Volunteers/Law and Policies
1 day workshop £65.00
Volunteer Retention and Motivation
1 day workshop £65.00
Coaching and supporting Volunteers
1 day workshop £65.00
All five of the above volunteer management workshops
5 day course at discounted price of £290.00

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse Awareness
1 day workshop £65.00

Freedom Program
Introduction to Home Study Course

Half day workshop £45.00 (inc books)

Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children
Half day workshop £30.00

All three of the above domestic abuse workshops
2 day course at discounted price of £130.00

Bespoke training and workshops on the following topics

Skills for Support Workers
Meetings and Minute Taking Skills
I.T. For You
Coaching for Supervision
Basic Coaching Skills
Safeguarding (Children, Young People and Families)
Confidence and Assertiveness Building
Career and Professional Development
Team Development/Team Working
Conflict Resolution

Training for Volunteers
Building on Volunteering to Develop a Career

Audience
For anyone who is either considering volunteering, has recently began to volunteer or who is established as a volunteer

Outline
Identify own development achieved through volunteering
Creating CV and personal statements that includes reference to voluntary achievements
Identify knowledge gained as a volunteer

Context
This can be undertaken as a stand alone workshop which gives a good basis of information for anyone wishing to show their skills and attributes that have been gained and developed through their volunteering and can be complimented by any of the other workshops in this range.

Training for Volunteers
Health and Safety for Volunteers

Audience
For anyone who is either considering volunteering, has recently began to volunteer or who is established as a volunteer

Outline
Common causes of accidents in volunteering placement
Dealing with and reporting accidents
Volunteering safely/safe working practises

Context
This can be undertaken as a stand alone workshop which gives a general introduction to health and safety whilst volunteering and can be complimented by any of the other workshops in this range.

Training for Volunteers
Communication for Volunteers

Audience
For anyone who is either considering volunteering, has recently began to volunteer or who is established as a volunteer

Outline
Types of communication used within your volunteering role
Importance of effective communication
Active listening skills
Questioning techniques

Context
This can be undertaken as a stand alone workshop which gives a general overview of varying communications skills and when and how to use them whilst carrying out a volunteering role and can be complimented by any of the other workshops in this range.

Training for Volunteers
Time Management and Volunteering

Audience
For anyone who is either considering volunteering, has recently began to volunteer or who is established as a volunteer

Outline
Importance of good time management when volunteering
Prioritising
Commitments and Planning
Time management techniques

Context
This can be undertaken as a stand alone workshop which gives a general idea and tools to become more adept at time management and can be complimented by any of the other workshops in this range.

Volunteer Management
Writing a Volunteer Policy

Audience
For staff that are responsible for support and guidance of volunteers or those who work on volunteer policy and procedures

Outline
Purpose of the policy
Organisational Values
Policy framework
Content

Context
This can be undertaken as a stand alone workshop but can be complimented by any of the other workshops in this range.

Volunteer Management
Volunteer Recruitment and Selection

Audience
For staff that are responsible for support and guidance of volunteers or those who work on volunteer policy and procedures

Outline
Establishing a recruitment procedure
Volunteer role descriptions
Marketing volunteer roles
Volunteer selection that are compliant with best practice

Context
This can be undertaken as a stand alone workshop but can be complimented by any of the other workshops in this range.

Volunteer Management
Managing Volunteers/Law and policies

Audience
For staff that are responsible for support and guidance of volunteers or those who work on volunteer policy and procedures

Outline
How managing volunteers differs and compares to managing staff
Policy and procedure
Addressing management issues
The law in relation to volunteering

Context
This can be undertaken as a stand alone workshop and closely links with retention and motivation. It can be complimented by any of the other workshops in this range.

Volunteer Management
Volunteer Retention and Motivation

Audience
For staff that are responsible for support and guidance of volunteers or those who work on volunteer policy and procedures

Outline
Coaching the volunteer
Why people volunteer
Making volunteers feel valued
Recognising a volunteers contribution
Instil ownership

Context
This can be undertaken as a stand alone workshop which is closely linked to managing volunteers. It can be complimented by any of the other workshops in this range.

Volunteer Management
Coaching and Supporting Volunteers

Audience
For staff that are responsible for support and guidance of volunteers or those who work on volunteer policy and procedures

Outline
The elements of volunteer support structures
The elements of a volunteer support session
Using effective coaching skills
Using active listening and non-verbal communication skills
Challenge constructively

Context
This can be undertaken as a stand alone workshop which is closely linked to managing volunteers. It can be complimented by any of the other workshops in this range.

Domestic Abuse
Domestic Abuse Awareness

Audience
This workshop is aimed at individuals in organisations and voluntary groups who work with adults and children or young people, to give a basic awareness of issues surrounding domestic abuse

Outline
Common myths/Statistics
Abusive behaviours
Power and control tactics
Effects of domestic abuse
Responding to disclosures/Services available for victims
Why women stay

Context
Depending on your role, this may be the only level of training you need, although most people will benefit from attending the full range we offer.

Domestic Abuse
Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children

Audience
For practitioners whose work engages them with families where domestic abuse is or has taken place. Delegates must have some experience of working in the field of domestic abuse or must have attended the Innovate Volunteering one day domestic abuse awareness course.

Outline
Effects on children of different ages
Behaviours children may display
Social Impact on Children
Where to find support for children

Context
This workshop compliments the workshops in this range ad when completed as a full range gives delegates an understanding of the varying areas.

Domestic Abuse
Freedom Programme
Introduction to Home Study Course

Audience
For staff / volunteers who may lack confidence using the Freedom Programme Home-Study Course with their service users, but who already work in the field of domestic abuse and have an awareness or for those who have already completed Innovate Volunteering domestic abuse awareness course.

Outline
The elements of each session of the Home-Study Course
Familiarity with the background to the Freedom Programme
Experience how it feels to take part in a session of the Freedom Programme
The Cycle of Violence from the abusers perspective
Supporting a client through the home study course

Context
This introductory session will illustrate how to support a women through the Freedom home study course. They will then be able to support friends and clients through the home study course without attending the full Freedom Programme training course. This workshop compliments the workshops in this range.

Audience
Organisations or groups who want to have training delivered to their staff or volunteers which is entirely relevant and planned to fit bespoke requirements.

Outline
Formal or Informal
Accredited or non accredited
On site or Off site
Small or large groups
With content specific to need
Entirely relevant to the organisation
At a price that suits

Context
All are trainers are experienced in the subjects they are delivering on and can adapt the training to suit the need of the organisation.


What they've done for me personally on a supportive and emotional level, you couldn't have got any better because this house is much calmer
Parent - Service User

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