There is lots of training available to people looking to become volunteers or simply those who want to do more in the community and would like to gain more skills to do so.

Volunteer Essex is pleased to offer 4 short videos for volunteers and organisation on the following subjects:

Click the links to view:

Many volunteering roles come with associated training and you can talk to our network of Volunteer Centre Coordinators about these but there are also a range of free online resources.

Make Every Contact Count
Make Every Contact Count Training (MECC) provides an awareness of the impact of poor lifestyle choices on the individual and wider health systems and provides training on how to have open friendly conversations about alternatives and options.

Free online training here

Dementia Friends
A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community.  Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want.

Access to information and free online training here

Digital Skills
Learn My Way is a free to use website with a range of training courses to help you to learn about how to use computers and technology ranging from basic skills to looking for work, managing money online or more. There is also an opportunity to do a Digital tutors course to help others to get online

Free online training here

The Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Essex Safeguarding Adults board provide a wide range of training around helping people stay safe from harm. Many courses are aimed at professionals however there is free basic awareness training available through their website.

Safeguarding Children Level 1 training

Safeguarding Adults Basic Awareness 

Suicide Awareness Training
The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

Free online training here

Understanding Autism

Autism refers to a whole range of social, language and communication problems. Severity ranges from mild and often undiagnosed to severe, where it is almost impossible for people to successfully engage in society.

The aim of this free course is to provide a better awareness of the term ‘autism’ and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and how to support individuals with autism

Free online training here



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