All courses to take place at Tandridge Voluntary Action, Community Hub, 1st Floor Library Building,

14 Gresham Road, Oxted RH8 0BQ unless otherwise stated

To book a place on any course please contact Stella Clare on info@tva.org.uk or click on the course name to book via the website.

Our trainers come with lots of experience and knowledge.

New to us this season are sessions run by MJ Plumridge Training and Facilitation.

 Course Tutor – Matthew Plumridge

Matthew Plumridge has worked in the charitable sector for over 25 years in roles such as volunteer co-ordinator, project manager and Board member working with small, medium and large UK and international charities. He is a former Trustee of Volunteering England, Disability Initiative, Toc H and Positive Action (an HIV Charity).  Matthew has interviewed over 5,000 prospective volunteers in his time, managed two volunteer centres in Surrey and managed 2,500 volunteers on 60 + community projects.

Excel Advanced – 24 April    Fully Booked

Run by Marie Kelly

Free course on Wednesday 24 April, 10 – 1pm, Practice time 1pm – 3pm

This course is designed for people who are experienced with Excel and want to use more advanced features, the course includes:

  • Review of Intermediate Excel Course
    Working with Advanced Functions
    Text functions
    Date functions
    Logical functions – if and or
    Lookup functions – match index if error
  • Auditing a workbook
    Checking data for errors
    Tracing
    Revealing function and formulas
  • Data Validation
    Setting up data validation
    Selecting and changing validation
    Removing validation

After the course there will be an opportunity to practice what you have learned with the trainer to assist

Everyday First Aid Training – 30 April

Run by the British Red Cross

 Free course on Tuesday 30 April, 10.00 – 1.00pm

The course is tailored to cover the emergencies that you may be more likely to come across such as:

  • Seizures
  • Bleeding
  • Head injury
  • Burn
  • Unresponsive and breathing
  • Unresponsive and not breathing

This course is designed to increase knowledge and confidence with applying first aid skills in an emergency.

 Volunteer Induction – support your valuable volunteers with good induction.

Thursday 2 May

Run by Matthew Plumridge

Thursday 2 May, 10.00 – 4.15pm at St John’s Church, Church Way, Oxted RH8 9EA

Course Outline

This one-day course explores the basic principles of how to run a good volunteer induction programme and is tailored towards those with specific responsibility for inducting volunteers into their organisation.

This course will help you to:

  • Recognise why the induction process is good for you, your organisation and the
    volunteer
  • Establish key elements of induction and good practice
  • Develop your own induction programme specific to your organisation

 Course Objectives

  • Explore participants current practice
  • Establish a definition of induction
  • Undertake an exercise matching ‘volunteer requirements’ to ‘organisation expectations’
  • Examine what other organisations do / recommend good practice.

 Course Programme

  • Identifying what participants currently do, to establish a variety of different ways to run volunteer inductions and explore issues currently experienced
  • Volunteer opportunity categories
  • Provide participants with an understanding of what other organisations do depending on the type of volunteer opportunity, its size, structure and nature
  • Definition of induction
  • Establish the OED and Volunteering England definitions to understand why induction is so important to the volunteer as well as the charity / organisation as a key element of working together
  • Matching Volunteer and Organisation requirements
  • Discuss and compare what volunteers might require / expect as part of the process along with what organisations consider essential and practical
  • Good practice
  • Identify good practice across the sector introducing participants to a number of ideas they may not have thought of, or thought pertinent to their organisation
  • Volunteer handbook
  • Discover why a volunteer handbook is important and what key element s should be included within it

 Course Duration

Up to 6.25 hours 10am to 4:15 pm including breaks and 45 minutes for lunch which will be provided.

Course Cost

The course costs £40 to members of TVA and £55 to non-members including lunch. If you would like to become a member of TVA please contact info@tva.org.uk for a Membership Pack.

Social Media Training – promote your charity using social media platforms.

Tuesday 14 May

Run by WEA

Free course on Tuesday 14 May, 10 – 1pm

Course Programme

To learn how to set up and use the various social media platforms available to your volunteer organisation. In this course, you will explore these main areas:

  • How to set up a website
  • The options available to you
  • How your website should be the hub for all the other social media pages you run
  • Social media outlets and choosing the best one(s)
  • Finding your audience on social media is vital
  • Do’s and don’ts on social media
  • Finding your audience and building your clientele
  • Writing informative posts/content
  • Engage your audience with your organisation

 Trustee Training – roles and responsibilities of a trustee – Thursday 16 May

Run by Matthew Plumridge

Thursday 16 May, 10.00 – 4.15pm at St John’s Church, Church Way, Oxted RH8 9EA

Course Outline
This one-day course is designed for those thinking about becoming a trustee and for new and existing trustees who could benefit from some formal training around their roles, particularly identifying trustee responsibilities and liabilities.

Course Aims

  • Define the legal status of Trustees
  • Recognise ways to reduce associated risks and potential legal challenges
  • Develop good practice specific to your organisation

Course Objectives

Establish who can and who can’t be a trustee, summarise trustee roles, responsibilities and liabilities

  • Identify the 3 strands of governance
  • Review your role and responsibility for good financial management

Course Programme

  • Welcomes and Housekeeping
  • Participant Introductions
  • What is a trustee?
  • Who can be a trustee?
  • Roles, responsibilities and liabilities
  • Governance
    • Governing without managing
    • Corporate / fiduciary
    • Strategic
    • Impact
  • Relationship with chair and chief executive
  • Understanding finance

Course Duration

Up to 6.25 hours 10am to 4:15 pm including breaks and 45 minutes for lunch which will be provided.

Course Cost

The course costs £40 to members of TVA and £55 to non-members including lunch. If you would like to become a member of TVA please contact info@tva.org.uk for a Membership Pack.

Safeguarding – supporting your work with vulnerable adults at risk.

Run by the WEA

 Free course on 19 June, 10 – 1pm

Do you work with or around ‘vulnerable adults’? Would you recognise the signs if a person you knew was being abused? If you suspected abuse, what would your responsibility towards the ‘adult at risk’ be? What would be your role in preventing or minimising abuse?”

On the course you will be able to:

  • Explain what is meant by the term ‘vulnerable adult‘
  • List the forms abuse may take
  • Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Understand how to respond appropriately to disclosures of abuse
  • Recognise we all have a critical role

Volunteering and the Law – understand the legal requirements for your charity, and reduce your risks – Thursday 19 September.

Run by Matthew Plumridge

Thursday 19 September, 10.00 – 4.15pm at St John’s Church, Church Way, Oxted RH8 9EA

Course Outline

The legal aspects of working with volunteers is wide ranging and relatively complex. A lack of relevant knowledge can lead to simple mistakes being made which could have significant consequences for your organisation. This course helps you to review certain aspects of volunteering in order to reduce your potential risks.

Course Aims

  • Understand the legal status of volunteers
  • Recognise ways to reduce associated risks and potential legal challenges
  • Develop good volunteering practice specific to your organisation

Course Objectives

  • Identify a definition of volunteering (Compact Code and Government wording)
  • Compare the status of volunteers to employment and identify the difference in ‘rights’
  • Establish common organisational safety and security requirements
  • Review basic guidelines when using specific types of volunteers i.e. from overseas, asylum seekers, the young etc

Course Programme

  • Volunteers and employment rights
  • Definition of Volunteering
  • Volunteer status (reducing risks)
  • Contract / agreement
  • Job description / role description
  • Payments / perks / benefits
  • Case Studies
  • Safety & Security
  • Duty of Care
  • Health & Safety
  • Insurance
  • Safeguarding
  • Data Protection
  • Copyright
  • Specific Volunteering
  • Young Volunteers and Adults at Risk
  • Ex-offenders
  • Volunteer on State Benefits
  • Volunteers from Oversees
  • Volunteer Drivers
  • Fundraisers
  • Trustees, Directors, Committees

Course Duration

Up to 6.25 hours 10am to 4:15 pm including breaks and 45 minutes for lunch which will be provided.

Course Cost

The course costs £40 to members of TVA and £55 to non-members including lunch. If you would like to become a member of TVA please contact info@tva.org.uk for a Membership Pack.

For other Training Courses and Events to to www.tva.org.uk/tva-events