Training News – November 2018

Community Action Bradford & District & Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) have combined their resources and skills in training to improve its training offer to organisations. 

You may have noticed Training is being delivered in both Bradford & Leeds with both venues being accessible to organisations  from Bradford & Leeds

To find out more  about the training on offer, when & where it is being delivered and to book a place go to our calendar.

Note:  You will be redirected to VAL Website (Doing Good Leeds) to book places on courses taking place in Leeds and charged at the VAL Essentials rate.

Community Action Bradford Office have moved to new premises. Bread and Roses Cafe,  4th Floor, 14 North Parade, Bradford, BD1 3HT

This is our Bradford Office, our Keighley and Bingley office remain and our training is still at Manningham Mills and University of Bradford.

How to find our courses

Take a look at our training calendar.

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Contact the training team

Email or Mobile:  07419 133797

Diane Fox Training Co-ordinator email:

Cheryl Cowling Training Administrator email:

Course prices from 1st September 2018

General courses

  • Bradford District VCS organisations (registered on DIVA Bradford)  and VAL essentials Half Day £48, Full Day £70
  • Other VCS organisations Half Day £60, Full Day £90
  • Statutory, Individuals, Private companies Half Day £120, Full Day £160

Courses for smaller organisations

  • Bradford District VCS organisations (registered on DIVA Bradford) Half Day £25, Full Day £45
  • Other VCS organisations Half Day £60, Full Day £90
  • Statutory, Individuals, Private companies Half Day £120, Full Day £160

We will continue to run low-cost courses (e.g. £10 per person) and special offers. We may also run courses for other organisations who have a different pricing structure. We will make this clear on the course details.

Places on First Aid courses and courses run through Bradford University are only available for voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises.

If courses are £10 then places may only be available for certain groups. Please check with us before booking if you are unsure about eligibility. We may make a charge of £10 for non-attendance.

Book online via the course page and we will invoice once the booking is received. Our standard cancellation policy applies to all courses except First Aid. There is a separate cancellation policy for First Aid courses.


Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided on arrival and during breaks.

Please note: In order to keep costs down we do not provide lunch on any of our courses, unless otherwise stated on the confirmation email or course details. Please check your confirmation details.

Entry Requirements

In general our courses are aimed at Level 2-3 and above.

Our courses are tailored to make them relevant to voluntary and community sector staff so that you will be able to go back to your organisation and apply the knowledge and skills you have gained.

Specific entry requirements are stated on the course pages e.g. Quick Books courses require general word processing and data entry skills.

In- House Training

Does your organisation require In-House training in any of the following topics?

  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Food Hygiene
  • Health and Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Mental Health Awareness

We can deliver these in-house direct to your staff using specialised trainers.  Contact us to arrange a competitive quote:  a more cost effective way to deliver training if you have several staff wishing to attend training.

Please email with the session you require.  We can also deliver bespoke training on other areas so please ask for more information.

In-house governance/bespoke training

Our Voluntary Organisation Support Officers (VOSO’S) here at Community Action Bradford & District can also now provide bespoke in-house training and facilitation for management committees and boards.

The sessions are:

  • Roles and responsibilities of management committees/ trustees
  • Good Practice/ Code of Governance for boards and management committees

They can arrange these sessions at a time and place to suit you – evenings and weekends included (with notice). An in-house session means you can discuss your organisation in detail and work on the issues that are important to you. They ask for a contribution towards time, materials and expenses on a sliding scale so that training is affordable for groups of all income levels.  (speak to them direct to find out more)

Prices are discounted for smaller organisations to keep this essential training affordable and accessible.

They ensure that each and every in-house session is based on your specific governing document so that it’s tailored to the needs of your organisation. If you are in the process of charity registration or changing your legal structure then they will arrange the session once your governing documents are finalised.

Please contact your nearest officer to discuss your needs.

Community Action, Bradford office:

Clive Whittaker 07964 352663

Lincoln Oakley 07422 575852.

Community Action, Keighley office:

Chris Barker 01535 612500/ 07422 966140.

Community Action, Bingley office:

Sarah Moss 01274 781222/ 07422 966142.

Cancellation Policy

All courses are subsidised for voluntary and community groups and non-attendance means that this money is lost or that we can run fewer courses in future. In addition we often have waiting lists where places could be filled if appropriate notice of a cancellation is given.

    • Cancellations must be made in writing either by email to or by text to 07410 441478
    • Refunds will only be given if you have given us 5 clear working days notice
    • If less than 5 clear working days notice is given the full course fee will still be payable
    • Non-attendance is classed as a late cancellation and the full fee will be payable
    • We may charge for non-attendance at free courses – check the course details
  • You may delegate another member of your organisation to attend in your place rather than lose the full fee but you should let us know.

We appreciate that, on occasion, non-attendance is unavoidable. However we ask that the delegate’s organisation covers the cost (where less than 5 clear working days notice has been given) so that we can keep course fees as low as possible.

All delegates are expected to check that they have authorisation to attend the courses from their organisation.

Other Training Providers

Please check the cancellation policy with the provider

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