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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

Training for volunteer managers – recruiting the right volunteers

Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets (VCTH) Free session on Zoom
27 October 2021, 10.30am to 1pm.

As services continue to open up, many organisations are looking to recruit new volunteers. At the same time there is a reduced supply of volunteers compared to the height of the pandemic.

In this practical and interactive online training session VCTH will consider how your organisation can adapt to the changing context and still recruit the right volunteers to continue to deliver vital services.

The session will look

  • at what currently might motivate people to volunteer
  • adapting or framing roles to be more attractive to potential volunteers
  • reducing barriers
  • offering more development opportunities and
  • exploring different recruitment methods/channels to advertise your volunteering opportunities.

 This session is suitable for experienced Volunteer Managers, as well as those who are new to managing volunteers.

This training programme is subsidised via a grant from the council. Priority for places on this course will be given to voluntary sector organisations with a base/office in Tower Hamlets, or those that have services aimed at Tower Hamlets residents.

Book your place on the volunteer managers training

Queen Mary University of London – qTech

Looking to develop a new technical idea in your organisation?

qTech is a new programme at Queen Mary University of London, designed to support your local business start-up, SME, or community organisation to grow.

The programme will give you access to the knowledge, technology, or techniques that can help to drive your organisation forward, at no cost.

You will be paired with a talented Queen Mary student along with a practitioner and an academic who will work with you on a specific acceleration need/project that will benefit your growth and development to move rapidly up the adoption curve for new technology.

The support is free and is tailored, so it could be about:

  • developing customer engagement and interaction,
  • evaluating the increased volume and range of data,
  • developing an online portal and improving workflow processes,
  • designing and developing a mobile platform,
  • keeping the human connection when working online,
  • enabling technologies including artificial intelligence and machine learning.

There are numerous areas where qTech can support you.

See more details or apply


Through the Eyes Of: Discovering a unique perspective through Virtual Reality (VR) – Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Various dates

This course aims to create an immersive experience for learners in order to improve understanding of various health conditions.

This course will focus on Anxiety Disorders, and has been designed to help build empathy, reduce stigma and discrimination, and increase understanding.

It will give you the opportunity to see through the eyes of someone with an anxiety disorder. This will give you a unique training experience where you can go on to learn about different anxiety disorders.

This includes added insight and understanding of having stepped into that person’s shoes and shared their experience first-hand. The sessions will be delivered across multiple dates at Bede Centre in Bow.

Book your place on the through the eyes of session


CORE Training the Trainer

Thursdays and Fridays

CORE is a project delivered by ICM foundation and funded by the council via the Local Community Fund that is committed to providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

This course will deliver, design content and present to peers and professionals to work towards an NOCN diploma in skills for employment, training and personal development.

All the courses focus on health and wellbeing and making sure that all those you support are active and visible members of the community with a combination of onsite and offsite activities.

For more information contact ICM Foundation  on 07957322195 or email dawud.marsh@icmfoundation.org.uk.