Training and Events

Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, we are running a series of free training courses for York’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, alongside our regular voluntary sector forums.

Voluntary Sector Forums

Our voluntary sector forums are open events that focus on discussing topic-specific issues that impact people living in York. We bring the sector together to work in partnership to share best practice and sector developments, tackle inequalities, and to positively influence strategic decision making.


Latest Training and Events:

19 January - Digital Fundraising: Crowdfunding

Tuesday 19 January, 10:00 – 11:30, Online

This session is designed to help in practical day to day ways to get you started in Digital fundraising for your VCSE organisation. Digital fundraising has become even more vital with recent events. This session will review how to approach crowdfunding, the advantages and disadvantages for organisations looking to explore this method of income generation.

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27 January - York CVS Focus Group: Tackling the Causes of Poverty in York

Wednesday 27 January, 10:30 – 12:00, online

Part of our Focus Group series looking at our Strategic Plan, we are delighted to welcome guest speakers Katie Schmuecker and Paul Kissack of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation who will kick-start the discussions. The Focus Groups will explore ways in which the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector can tackle pressing social challenges, working closely with partners in the public and private sectors. We know the sector is good at responding to needs as they arise and the pandemic has demonstrated this more than ever. The question is, can we have an even bigger impact by tackling issues before they arise?

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28 January - SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

Thursday 28 January, 14:30 – 15:30, online

This session is designed to help with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The session will be led by Jeannette Jackson Director of the Manchester Stress Institute – Nutritional biochemist and sports scientist specialising in stress resilience, performance nutrition, mental health and menopause at work.

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29 January - Meet the Funders (online)

Friday 29 January, 10:00 – 11:00, online

We’re hosting an online meeting for York’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector with representatives from Two Ridings Community Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and The National Lottery Community Fund. During the meeting we’ll hear about the funding available from these three funders followed by a live Q&A. Booking is essential.

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4 February MEMBERS ONLY - DBS Training

Thursday 4 February, 10:00 – 11:00, Online

This session is designed to help with DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) understanding for your VCSE organisation and will cover: Different levels of checks; Policies around DBS checking; The process of completing a DBS; The Update Service;  Common mistakes when completing a DBS application form; Tracking a DBS application.

Please note: This course is only available to full members of York CVS.

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9 February - York CVS Focus Group: Harnessing Voluntary Action

Tuesday 9 February, 10:30 – 12:00, Online

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Ian Jones, Chief Executive at Volunteering Cornwall to share his experiences and insights with us. During the session we will explore what we have learned from our experiences of volunteering in the pandemic, and we will discuss what is needed in order to develop an effective volunteering strategy for the next 5-10 years.

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25 February - York CVS Focus Group: Our Communities

Thursday 25 February, 14:00 – 15:30, Online

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Laura Thomas from Community First Yorkshire. Laura will outline what they learned from developing their Loneliness Campaign and ‘Stay Social, Stay Well’ strategy in North Yorkshire in 2019-20. During the session we will discuss what it means to have a ‘sense of belonging in our communities’. We’ll explore how we can address loneliness and social isolation and enable people to develop their community connections.

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11 March - York CVS Focus Group: Strategic Plan - brining it all together

Thursday 11 March, 10:00 – 11:30, Online

This is our final session from our Focus Group series. We will be providing feedback on what we have heard across the series and we will be asking you for your views on the final shape of our plans.

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Become a member of York CVS

Becoming a member of York CVS will give you access to regular updates about our training, events and funding opportunities, and thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, you can now also access free room hire and hot desk facilities at the Priory Street Centre. Membership is free, click on the button below to complete the online application form.