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Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s York Committee Funder Plus programme, we are running a series of free training courses for York’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, alongside our regular VCSE sector forums.

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


Training and Events:

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If you have any questions about any of our training sessions or events, or if you have a suggestion for future training, please get in touch with our Funding and Development Officer, Jane Granville via email:

29th November - Inclusive communications - producing an easy read document

Monday 29th November, 10am – 1pm Main Hall, Priory Street Centre

The workshop is aimed at people communicating with others within the the sector. It will assist organisations with their inclusive communications.

This 3 hour, interactive session will provide you with the information you need to produce an Easy Read Document. The session will cover the following areas:

Why is accessible information important for people with learning difficulties? – looking at the value, empowerment and difference accessible information makes. Including personal experiences and why it matters.

What is easy read information? – looking at the history of ‘easy read’, a range of current documents and the range of different resources available to make them.

How York People First made the ‘Easy read version of the York Human Rights 5th Indicator Report 2020’? – A walk through of the process.

How to make easy read information – Including rewriting text in an easy read style, choosing images to help read the text, and how to check that easy read is easy read. This will include a practical example where we would ask participants to bring along some text from their organisation that York People First would help create into easy read.

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6 December - A new vision for health and care services in York (online)

Monday 6 December, 14:00 – 15:30, Online

Health and care services in York are coming together in a new way and we’d love for absolutely everyone to get involved. In order to build a fairer and healthier city where all people flourish, we know that over the next year we have some real planning to do.

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8 December - York CVS's Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 8 December, 14:00 – 16:00, Main Hall, Priory Street Centre

More details including booking information to follow. 

7th February - Volunteer Management Forum

Monday 7th February, 12:30 – 14:00, Denham Room, Priory Street Centre

This quarterly event is intended for those with Volunteer management responsibilities in York’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector to discuss volunteer management and hear how others in the sector who manage volunteers are doing things. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from each others’ experiences. The main theme of this meeting’s discussion will be updated here closer to the time.

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