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Training for voluntary and community organisations

We recognise the incredible contribution made by local Voluntary and Community Sector organisations (VCS) in helping people during the Covid–19 Pandemic.

We know that demand on local VCS organisations is increasing and that is having an impact on staffing.

Organisations and individuals are having to adapt and stay ahead of frequent policy changes in a stressful and emotionally challenging environment.

In order to help the sector, the council is supporting VCS organisations with free access to volunteers through our volunteering hub with Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets.

We continue to signpost the sector towards local, regional, and national grant schemes, which can help organisations in Tower Hamlets with unexpected costs, loss of income, or new projects.

Support around Covid–19 and digital inclusion training is also available through local, regional, and national programmes. These can help organisations in Tower Hamlets build capacity and become more resilient and financially sustainable.

This page outlines some of the training opportunities available for VCS organisations in Tower Hamlets.

Please contact Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service (THCVS) for any advice and support.

THCVS is offering its member organisations high–quality training, workshops, courses, and events courses to help them grow stronger and more resilient as organisations.

Available opportunities

Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets (VCTH)


Peer Learning Workshop:  Making the Case for Volunteering within Your Organisation will provide colleagues and managers within a community organisation with a better understanding and support for the volunteer programme through Zoom.

The session will be delivered by Connect Newham Lead Co-ordinator, Age UK East London and Volunteer Hub Co-ordinator who will share their experiences of working to raise the profile and acceptance of volunteering and the successes, challenges, and learning.

19 July 2022
10.30am – 12.30pm 

Book your place on the Peer Learning Workshop

Minority Ethnic Trustees Programme 

Free course 

Minority Ethnic Trustees Programme (MET) recruits and trains residents from BAME communities, providing them with the appropriate skills to become great trustees. The MET programme aims to help local VCS organisations:

  • Broaden and diversify trustee ethnicity
  • Add new skills, abilities, perspectives, and experiences at board level
  • Increased involvement from Tower Hamlets residents, giving local communities greater voice
  • Play a part in addressing race inequality by increasing involvement of BAME residents in leadership and governance roles

To qualify for METs, organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered with the Charity commission
  • Be committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Have at least one trustee vacancy and be able to appoint any new trustee(s) between 1 August and 30 September 2022
  • Expect to be financially solvent for the next 12 months
  • Identify senior person(s) to represent the organisation and participate between now and 30 September 2022.  

This can be the Chair of Trustees, a trustee responsible for board recruitment, a Chief Executive, or any combination.

Representatives will be invited to provide information about the organisation, attend an evening matching event in late July 2022 and lead on trustee selection. 

1 July to 30 September 2022

Contact: Cath Bavage: cath@vcth.org.uk

Book your place on Minority Ethnic Trustees Programme

Labyrinth project

Streetlaw Project - Child Contact and Parental Responsibility

Free course

This training aims to cover the legal aspects of child contact and parental responsibility in an interactive workshop. The workshop will cover:

  • What is parental responsibility and how to gain it
  • Different orders a court can make in relation to a child, including having contact with them, where they can live, and key decisions, such as medical treatment
  • Additional support provided to domestic abuse survivors including in private family law cases,
  • Eligibility for legal aid,

4 July 2022
10.30am – 12noon

Book your place on the Street Law Project

Day to Day Management: Budgeting and preparing for financial change

Free course

The session will focus on day-to-day money management, credit and debt, as well as pension and long-term savings.  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

28 June 2022

Book your place on Budgeting and preparing for financial change

Money and Pension Service - London Financial Wellbeing Webinar, working together to improve lives across the city

Free course

This online event is from the government’s Money and Pensions Service after the launch of the England Delivery Plan. It aims to share details of the delivery plan and its relevance to those living and working in London. Also finding ways to reduce financial inequalities in the area.

The session is aimed at all organisations in London, with an interest in supporting or improving financial wellbeing of people across the city.

30 June 2022

Book your place on London Financial Wellbeing webinar

The King’s Fund

Free course

The King’s Fund is delivering an online event on Reducing women’s health inequalities in the most-deprived areas.

The session will explore the challenges to improving women’s health in the most deprived areas of England and what needs to happen on the ground to narrow the health inequalities hap and treatment for women. Speakers include:

  • Danielle Jefferies (Analyst from The King’s Fund)
  • Dr Priya Agrawal (Global Commercial Lead for HPV Vaccines, MSD)
  • Dr Louise Clarke (Director of Strategy, Transformation, Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership and GP, Bevan Healthcare CiC)
  • Dr Farzana Hussain (GP, Principal, The Project Surgery)

29 June 2022

Book your place on reducing women's health inequalities


Women’s Health Inequalities:  addressing unmet needs

Free course

This online session will address the gaps between the sexes in accessing equal resources.  The session will aim to cover:

  • Women’s priorities for women’s health
  • Barriers to accessing health and care services
  • Being “heard” by health care professionals- women’s voice

6 July 2022
10.30am – 12.30pm

Book your place on Women's Health Inequalities

Criminal justice system and gambling related harm course

This training will look at gambling related harm:

  • how gambling occurs and what it looks like,
  • exploring the relationship between gambling and crime,
  • what gambling looks like in prison and what support is available in prison,
  • the impacts of problematic gambling on the gambler, and any affected others,
  • the type of support people affected by gambling-related harm can provide.

6 July 2022

Book a place on the criminal justice system and gambling related harm course

Gambling related financial Harm

The session will look at:

  • how problematic gambling occurs and what it looks like,
  • the prevalence of gambling in young people and what support services are available for them,
  • the impacts of problematic gambling on the gambler and any affected others,
  • the type of support people affected by gambling-related harm can provide.

3 August 2022
10am -12noon

Book a place on gambling related financial harm course

Reset Outreach and Referral Service

Free course

This Harm Reduction and Substance Use 101 will cover the principles of harm reduction and the theoretical foundation for working with or generally supporting people who use drugs.

The session will also cover whistle-stop tour of some common substances, their effects, and ways to support someone who is using the substance.

The session is for anyone living or working in the borough and keen to learn more about substance use and Harm reduction.

  • 6 July 2022

  • 10 August 2022

  • 7 September 2022

  • 5 October 2022

  • 9 November 2022

Book on the Harm Reduction and Substance Use 101

Tower Hamlets Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) – Suicide First Aid lite

The Suicide First Aid Lite is a four–hour course.  The training aims to teach the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and to pass the person onto a suicide first aider.

No previous experience or training is necessary. It is formed of two parts.

  • Monday 11 July 2022

  • Wednesday 20 July 2022

Book your place on Suicide First Aid lite

Labyrinth Learning Series

The Labyrinth Learning series aims to deliver a series of 50minute online sessions to tackle some of the common challenges organisations experience and find solutions

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM)

This training is aimed at safeguarding young people.  Preventing Gambling Harms training aims to raise awareness and address issues around gambling harm (which is disproportionately affecting young people from ethnic minority communities).

The workshop is designed to develop an understanding of socio–cultural and religious contents on shame and stigma in relation to gambling harms.

The prevention programme will deliver specialist workshops to young people from ethnic minority populations aged between 14–24 years, as well as training to community and faith leaders.

To express an interest for the training, please complete the form on Diverse Communities Expression of Interest – YGAM.