GVS Training

GVS offer an extensive range of training courses highly relevant to the Voluntary Sector.

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) 1 Day Course

26th November 2018, 9am – 4pm
Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, Barry CF62 9DA
Cost: £50 (normal price £118.80)

Who should attend: People who want to receive training in emergency first aid. It is especially suited for nominated first aiders in smaller, low risk working environments e.g. offices.

The day will cover:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a first aider, including dealing with incidents in a safe manner
  • Dealing with a breathing but unresponsive casualty
  • Dealing with a casualty who is having a seizure
  • Recognise cardiac arrest and perform CPR including the use of an AED
  • Administer first aid to a casualty with an airway obstruction
  • Administer first aid to a casualty with external bleeding.
  • Recognise and treat a casualty in shock
  • How to treat a casualty with minor injuries. (Burns cuts, bruises and splinters)

Assessment: Multiple choice questions, and continuous observation by the trainer

Qualification: Successful candidates will receive EFAW certification for which is valid for three years. The qualification complies with current HSE Legislation

Physical ability: Candidates must confirm that they are fit and well enough to partake in the physical elements

ID: Photographic ID must be shown to the trainer on the first day of the course

Dress Code: Suitable clothing for practical activities which involves lying on the floor

Book online through Eventbrite or contact GVS




Recruiting, Selecting and Managing Volunteers  

7th February 2019, 10am - 1pm    
Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, BARRY, CF62 9DA
Cost: £20

Ideal if you are new to managing volunteers or would like a refresher. 


How to help get local press publicity for small voluntary groups in the Vale

Friday 15th March 2018, 10am - 11.30am

Cost: £5

This is a Briefing session opportunity for voluntary groups to obtain knowledge and tips for writing and formatting press releases straight from the professionals, the Editors themselves. GVS has limited spaces for up to six people to attend this session which is priced at just £5 per person.

Partnership Working – Is it for you?

Date to be arranged - contact GVS for details

Are you considering working in partnership? If so this briefing session may help.

The session will help you:

  • Consider whether a partnership is the right way forward for you and your project
  • Identify the pros and cons of partnership working
  • Recognise what are the most important things to consider if you decide to work in a partnership



Community Fundraising

Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, BARRY, CF62 9DA
Price: £20

Raising funds from local communities through developing volunteer networks.       

GDPR - All You Need to Know

Date to be arranged - contact GVS for details

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018. The new legislation impacts on all aspects of voluntary sector activity from marketing to fundraising, from HR to IT, and all organisations need to take steps to prepare.

This half-day briefing session will:

  • Give an overview of the new concepts and approaches in the GDPR
  • Outline the legal bases for processing personal data and the conditions for getting consent from individuals
  • Discuss what must be included in privacy notices and when they must be issued
  • Review the rights of individuals under the GDPR, including changes to data subject access requests
  • Discuss the new obligations on data processors and the requirements for third-party contact

By the end of the session, you will have a solid overview of all of the above and be in a better position to prepare for the changes ahead.

For further information please contact GVS.



DBS Checks & Safer Recruiting

Safer Recruiting is aimed at employers and volunteer managers; it looks at best recruitment practice for roles working with vulnerable groups; the use of DBS checks and how they support safeguarding, what they tell you and how to respond to content; also recruiting where there is no access to checks; and ongoing support options after the appointment of volunteers and staff.



Trustees - Automatic Disqualification - The New Rules


Cost: £15

There are new rules regarding Automatic Disqualification of Trustees. It cover the new Automatic Disqualification Rules and what organisation need to do to comply.

FREE Making Every Contact Count briefing session

Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, Barry CF62 9DA

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about encouraging and empowering people to make healthier lifestyle choices to achieve positive long-term behaviour change. The fundamental idea underpinning MECC is simple. It recognises that staff working in health, local authority and voluntary sectors have thousands of contacts every day with individuals from the resident population and are in an ideal position to promote health and healthy lifestyles.

This free session is for third sector organisations and will cover the following:

  • The principles behind MECC.
  • How MECC can be used in everyday settings.
  • Information about health topics, such as physical activity, healthy eating, smoking, alcohol and immunisation and vaccinations.


Social Media Marketing: How to Profit in a Digital World


Cost: £85

An advanced social media workshop which will help equip you to develop and implement an effective social media strategy, co-ordinate social media activity and maximise engagement.   The workshop will cover the following key elements: 

  • Facebook, Twitter and Instagram benefits for voluntary organisations
  • Which social network would bring the most benefit to your organisation
  • How to create a community - learn how to grow and engage your audience
  • How to create a marketing/social media strategy including an action plan
  • How to produce engaging content including photos, videos and links to articles
  • Paying to boost posts – minimum amount of time for maximum gain
  • Useful tools and resources e.g. social media dashboards and image libraries
  • How to measure and learn from your social media activity

Trainer Biography: Jonathan Pollinger (intranetfuture, Founder)

Jonathan has spent the past 14 years helping companies with communications, technology and more recently social media. He’s been helping charities, companies and organisations use social networks like Facebook and Twitter since founding Intranet Future in 2009. Jonathan takes a keen interest in the very latest social media developments and is a regular commentator on all things digital through his award winning blog, BBC local radio and at conferences both in the UK and abroad. He also broadcasts The #SocialMediaShow every Monday on Facebook Live. Jonathan has worked with numerous charities including WellChild, National Trust, National Star College, Winston's Wish, Glass Door and Age UK, local government, a Member of Parliament and many businesses including A-Plan Insurance and TNT. 

To book a place on this workshop please contact GVS, by completing the form below, tel: 01446 741706 or e-mail: enquiries@gvs.wales

Get Ready to Tender


Cost: £15

Do you want to get your organisation ready for tendering? Want to learn the basics? Then come along to our briefing session!

At the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • improve understanding of the differences between grants and contracts
  • increase knowledge in the area of tendering
  • provide guidance about the tendering process
  • explore the potential of joint working when considering public service delivery

This session will be valuable to Trustees, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of organisations who may be considering tendering for the first time and want to get themselves "up to speed".


How to raise funds (for your charity) using Facebook

TBA, Trainer: Jonathan Pollinger

In this workshop you'll learn how to use Facebook's new tools that will help you raise funds for your charity. You'll be shown how to setup up fundraising campaigns plus add the 'Donate' button to your Page, Posts and Videos.

How to use Twitter Workshop (the basic complete guide)                    

Barry Community Enterprise Centre, Skomer Road, BARRY, CF62 9DA
Cost: £40

A beginners guide to using Twitter, practical session. Date to be arranged, contact GVS for details.

A guide to the # and @ in Twitter (Briefing Session)    

Cost: £7.50

A beginners guide to the key elements of using the # and @ in Twitter

Setting up a Facebook page beginners workshop        

Date to be arranged, contact GVS for details.
Cost: £40

How to set up a Facebook page for a community group.

Setting up a personal Facebook Account – 1-2-1 practical session

Date: Your choice, just contact GVS
Price: GVS price £17 per hour (average session lasts 2 hours)

This 1-2-1 session is ideal for people who would like to use Facebook but would benefit from support to set up an account.  The session will include:

  • A brief introduction to Facebook
  • Setting up your own account using your personal information
  • An overview of security settings including altering your privacy to suit your requirements
  • Posting news, adding images and videos and interacting with others

The cost of the session is £17 per hour, per person, with the average session lasting two hours. If you are interested in booking, please contact Mark Stillman at GVS, e-mail: mark@gvs.wales, tel: 01446 741706 with your availability.

This session is an excellent introduction for our Facebook training – “Setting up a Facebook page for your organisation” for which you need to have a personal account.


Additional IT 1-2-1 based courses (delivered by GVS)
GVS is offering computer based IT training in Microsoft Office including Word, Publisher and Access on a 1-2-1 basis. The price of this training for a three hour session costs from just £30 per delegate (up to a maximum of £50 depending on your group’s income). Please contact GVS before enclosing your fee. IT training can be tailored to suit the needs of your organisation.

Additional IT 1-2-1 based courses (delivered by an external trainer)
GVS is able to offer additional courses for its members delivered by a local trainer. The course being offered is an Introduction to Microsoft Excel. The course fees are £60 for 3 hours per delegate.


All prices detailed above are GVS member rates; please contact GVS for non-member rates. If you would like to book on any of the courses that doesn't have an eventbrite booking link, either contact GVS using the form below, e-mail us or telephone: 01446 741706 unless otherwise stated.