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Support for groups - free training and events

This page aims to keep you up-to-date with useful info about training opportunites and events inside Westminster and more widely throughout London. Also make sure to check the funding opportunities page for an updated list of local and London-wide funding opportunties.

One Westminster can also help your organisation through the Online Resources section of this website and through our staff team.





Studyzone is an online hub of video e-learning courses for the voluntary sector. You can study at your own pace, anywhere, anytime. Studyzone is completely free to NCVO members and available by subscription or to buy.

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Women and Girls Network (WGN) is offering a series of short courses to support practitioners who are working directly with, or are responsible for the safeguarding of young people. As one of nine specialist partners in the Angelou Partnership, WGN has been commissioned to deliver Violence Against Women and Girls services to the Tri-borough partnership areas of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.  WGN has been providing specialist services to women and girls who have experienced violence, or who are at risk of violence for almost 30 years.  This training is available to practitioners in the Tri-borough partnership areas only. 

The following courses are available to book as half day (3hr) sessions:

  • Child Sexual Exploitation

Increase awareness and knowledge of; the definition and types of CSE, risk indicators and vulnerability factors, the grooming process and legislation and guidance that supports work with CSE

  • Self Care/Professional Resilience

Explores what self care is, the impact of vicarious trauma and how to develop strategies for enhancing and maintaining personal and professional resilience. Participants will undertake a self care assessment and needs audit to develop a self-care action plan

  • Trauma Responsive Approach: Part 1

Provides an overview of the neurobiological impact and processes of trauma on the brain; how this can effect brain development and the possible long term impact and consequences of trauma. 

  • Harmful Practices: A Trauma focussed Approach

Greater understanding of the global and traumatic impact of Harmful Practices on women: female genital mutilation (FGM) forced marriage (FM) and Faith based Abuse (FBA).  Focuses on clinical conceptualizations including, Developmental Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Engaging Young Women

Increase practitioner’s awareness and knowledge of the barriers to young women’s process of engagement and disclosure, while demonstrating techniques and interventions to support positive engagement and disclosure with young women. 

Sessions are available December 2016 - March 2017, for more information about how to book a training session for your organisation or attend as an individual, contact: Parveen Betab:



CFG’s Small Charities Programme delivers affordable, relevant, useful financial training and free downloadable resources, aimed at supporting small charities in different locations across England and Wales.

  • A small charity is defined as a charity whose annual income is £1million or less.
  • Each half-day session costs just £20. All money raised will go into a travel bursary fund for micro charities.

The objective is to help small charities manage their finances more effectively, enabling them to deliver better services to current and future beneficiaries.

The programme will be rolled out from January 2017 and is open to all small charities across England and Wales.

Resources, practical tools and templates are free to download from the Small Charities Programme website. Training will take place in London and regional hubs and will cover five areas, in half-day sessions:

  • Budgets, management accounts and cash flow forecasting
  • How to prepare your reporting
  • Introduction to paying people
  • Bank accounts, outsourcing, accounting principles and managing risk
  • Gift Aid, trading and VAT

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 

16:45 – 18:30

7 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4BS

We are often asked to help set up 'social enterprises' and what the advantages and disadvantages of particular models are. In this seminar Andrew Studd will cover:

  • what do we mean by social enterprise?
  • how a charity can trade as a social enterprise and other structural options
  • the difference between primary and non-primary purpose trade
  • governance and risk management in relation to trading and trading subsidiaries
  • managing risk through contracts and sub-contracts

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5 June 2017


City Hall, SE1 2AA

This free 'Trustee Masterclass' focuses on trustee recruitment and aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to go out and recruit top talent to your Board.

Delivered by experts in the field and including a range of ideas, experiences and practical resources to help you, this training will cover all the key elements of trustee recruitment. It is particularly suited to anyone in an organisation who has responsibility for recruiting new Board members. 

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The role of housing in accelerating discharge from mental health care services

The role of housing in accelerating discharge from mental health care services

19 June 2017 


This free to watch live online event will explore the interface between housing and mental health services and share with you some of the opportunities to improve care for people with mental health problems.

What you’ll take away from the session:

  • an understanding of how housing and mental health services currently work together
  • insight into how closer working between the two services can deliver the aims set out in the Five year forward view for mental health
  • examples of recent initiatives between housing and mental health services that are starting to deliver improvements in people’s mental health and wellbeing.

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