Upskill and Gain Qualifications

CVST provides courses and training to its staff, affiliated members and organisations, charities, voluntary organisations, and individuals. 

Courses take place at CVST’s Imperial House in Clacton-on-Sea, at our Dovercourt and Harwich Hub, or can be completed online.  

With friendly and knowledgeable trainers, our courses will: 

  • increase your confidence in the workplace; 
  • increase your chances to get a new job;
  • enrich your CV; 
  • make you more knowledgeable; 
  • upgrade your skillset.  

We regularly run courses on mental health awareness, emergency first aid at work, dementia friend awareness, identifying and addressing fuel poverty, speaking with confidence, and more.

For more information and to book, call 01255 425692 or email 

CVST Training Courses

Social Media for the community – 3 session course

Wednesday 8th, 15th, 22nd May 2024 at 9.30am – 11.30am

Venue: Imperial House

Fee: £30 or FREE for affiliated organisations.

Want to recruit more members or volunteers for your group?
Do some amazing things but no one seems to know about it?
Heard you should use social media but know nothing about it?
Join our mini course and learn what is the right social media platform for you and
your group and how to set this up from scratch.

For availability and booking please email or 

Accessible Information

Monday 20th May at 9am – 1pm

Venue: Imperial House

Having difficulty reading or writing, for whatever reason, can affect education;
employment; finances; health and family life. It can prevent people from getting the
information they need to make choices. Make your information more accessible for
people with learning disabilities and others who may find it useful.
The objectives of the training are:
• To gain an awareness of the legal and ethical reasons for making
information easier to understand
• To gain an awareness of the barriers to communication faced by
people with learning disabilities
• To have practical experience in understanding the basic rules for
making information easier to understand
• To be given ideas and examples to follow
• To receive directions on where to find more information and support,
locally and nationally
There are limited places for this course. For availability and booking please email 

To browse our available courses please click here.

Training with other providers

The Onboarding: induction training for newly appointed Trustees

This session is part of a Learning Programme, providing free and high-quality training to support people to become and serve as effective trustees.

Many trustees tell us they didn’t have a clear overview of their responsibilities when inducted into their board.

This free one hour of Trusession takes you through trustee duties in a clear and engaging way. This session is also suitable as a refresher for existing trustees.

By the end of this introductory webinar you will understand:

The role of a trustee
The main duties and responsibilities of a trustee
How to carry out your trusteeship duties effectively
The webinar is free to attend with an option to make a donation of your choice in checkout.
This webinar runs monthly for an hour, from 5.30-6.30pm and is held on Zoom.

For more information see: Induction for Trustees

Charity Board Leadership Programme

The Charity Board Leadership Programme will teach you what makes an effective, strategic and responsible trustee. If you’re ready to take up a trusteeship and need help getting the process over the line, this is the programme for you. Many delegates find a position within weeks of completing the course (some even find a position while the course is still ongoing!).

Our flagship six-week programme has six cohorts a year. £875 per person. 

For more information click here

Online British Sign Language Course

This course contains 10 lessons and covers: Fingerspelling, Numbers, Colours, Deaf Awareness, Introductions, Family, Relationships, Descriptions, Hobbies, Time, Money, Days, Months, & Seasons, Food & Drink, Emotions, Relationships, Animals, Clothing, and Conversation. Also specialist vocabulary for education, medical, retail, transportation and home settings.

Online British Sign Language Course – Learn BSL Today (

Anti-Harassment Training – Suzy Lamplugh Trust

These free 1-hour webinars are available to book throughout the year, focusing on the 5 D’s of bystander intervention, which was originally pioneered by Right To Be.

Tackling the prevalence of unwanted and aggressive behaviours such as harassment that underly the broader cycle of violence against women and girls is a key priority for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. The programme drives awareness of harassment, upskilling and empowering bystanders across various settings such as public transport, educational institutions, festivals, public spaces, and workplaces, to help defuse situations, discourage harassers, and support victims.

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Cyber Security

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is offering small charities free support to put protectiosn in place against cyber attacks.
Micro and small charities (with one to 49 employees) that process personal data, defined under GDPR, are eligable.

Find out more here: Funded Cyber Essentials Programme.

Suicide Awareness Friend workshops

A free workshop consisting of two 2 hour virtual sessions to give you the skills and confidence to be an informed friend for someone who is at risk of ending a short term problem with a long term solution.

Book a course | West Essex Suicide Awareness Hub

Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP)

The programme is for indivduals who want to stop being abusive towards their (ex) partners and are motivated to change. The programme accepts both statuory and self-referrals for both male and females.

For more information, and to make a referral, please contact:


Phone: 07713307636


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