Save money on training

Free and subsidised training is sometimes available. A training diary of events is available on Bradford CVS Training – bsupported website which advertises courses and includes details of free in-house tailored training for management committees.  Course fees start from £25 for a half-day session for voluntary and community groups with an income of less than £100,000 a year - so its worth planning ahead and budgeting for training in your funding plan.

Young Lives Bradford training bursaries for apprentices and volunteers (not paid staff) working with children and young people

To help towards costs of skills training for named volunteers or apprentices from groups registered with the Young Lives Bradford network.  The fund can be used for courses which directly complement work with children and young people.  The network is offering £100 per volunteer towards training costs. For more information please download the flyer and application form.  

Questions about the training bursaries?  Please contact Dionne Norman, Information & Policy Officer, Young Lives Bradford at Bradford CVS on 01274 722772 or 

Free training is often advertised at short notice (a month or less) – for example, if a funder has an underspend. E-mail is a good way of finding about about free training. Send your details to to be added to the Bradford CVS list of e-mail contacts, to to be added to the Keighley & Ilkley Voluntary and Community Action list of email contacts or to to get the CNet weekly news ebulletin.

Does your group work with children or young people? Bradford Council's Workforce Development Unit has a great range of FREE multi-agency training courses for staff or volunteers working with children and young people.  Take a look at the A - Z list of current courses or contact the Workforce Development Unit on 01274 434503 or

West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service offers free one-to-one training in financial planning, bookkeeping, internal financial procedures and controls and reporting to the committee to organisations with a turnover of less than 100k. Contact Dave Collins on 01422 835192.

The Consortia of Ethnic Minority Organisations has a purpose-built ICT Learning Zone with email, internet and printing facilities. For a nominal hire fee, you can arrange training and activities without worrying about the technicalities. For further details, call 01274 488872 or email

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