learning and development

Learning & Development

Training is the Key to Sector Success!

The voluntary and community sectors are thriving in West Berkshire – and an important reason for this is the commitment shown to training people effectively and efficiently.

Welcome to the West Berkshire training hub for the voluntary and community sector.  This area of EWB's website has been designed to give you a central point of contact for training opportunities.  The pages will signpost and provide you with guidance on finding the right training courses for your organisation.  This will save you time in finding the right course and a provider of that course, in West Berkshire.

For training to have the greatest impact, it should be delivered in the topics that are most important for the sector.  We have identified a range of topics below, that are proven to be of value to the voluntary and community sectors.

Some of the topics are required or strongly advised for any organisation to run efficiently. Other areas aim to use training to enhance the quality of service your organisation offers, for example using new technology, social media or actively marketing your organisation to attract funders.

Training might be face-to-face, classroom style or via webinar. The West Berkshire training hub will signpost to all styles of delivery – and the providers that deliver the we have hyperlinked to providers’ sites, so that you can contact them easily, to check when and where the course running, and if places are available.  

  • Health and Safety
  • First Aid Training
  • Managing your Organisation
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families
  • Working with Older People
  • Fundraising
  • Social Media and Websites
  • Marketing

We want this to be an interactive training hub for West Berkshire – and welcome your feedback and input as we develop the website. Please contact us with your questions or suggestions. 

Providers of Training in West Berkshire

Training is provided by organisations in the voluntary and community sector, as well as by colleges and private sector providers.

If your organisation offers training courses in topics that you think will be of interest and valuable to the sector, please don’t hesitate to send us your details and we will be happy to include them in the hub.



Don’t forget your local fundraising website The Good Exchange https://thegoodexchange.com which has replaced findmeagrant. The Good Exchange will automatically match your projects with eligible funding schemes from the following funders: Greenham Common Trust, Englefield Charitable Trust, Peter Baker Foundation, Hungerford Town Council, Thatcham Town Council, Newbury Town Council, Turners Court Youth Trust, Thatcham Parochial Charities and Greenham Parish Council. New funders are joining all of the time. You can create online project profiles with photographs and video and create fundraising events and invite people to fundraise for your project. Members of the public also set up fundraising challenges and events to raise money for your project on The Good Exchange. Greenham Common Trust will also continue to offer match funding on donations through the website and The Good Exchange will claim Gift Aid on donations to registered eligible projects for charities and charitable organisations registered for Gift Aid with HMRC.   Can you confirm you have received this and will make the change. Thanks