Training and Events

We offer a comprehensive programme of training for staff, trustees and volunteers from tender writing to communication skills. We also run a range of events from Funding Fairs to network meetings. Click on a category below to see what we have on our calendar.

To see the full range of courses we can offer, click on one of the following:

Or contact us to discuss your training needs: call 01768 800350
or complete a contact form here


Course Fees

We recommend that organisations include training costs in their funding applications, contracts and budgets. However, for those for whom the cost is prohibitive, help may be available.

Contact Alison Phillips on 01768 800350 or email

Cancellation Policy

CVS Training and Events
Where cancellations are made within 14 days of the course date and/or for non attendance, fees paid will not be refundable.

Volunteer Training
Cancellations made within 7 days of a free course date and/or non attendance will incur a £10 charge with CVS trainers or £40 for external trainers (Food Hygiene, Manual Handling, First Aid).
Where there is a charge for training, the fee paid will not be refundable.

Cumbria CVS is committed to minimising cancellations. However, in the event of a course/event being cancelled, all participants will be notified as soon as possible. Where applicable a full refund will be given and we will endeavour to rearrange the course/event on a date convenient to all.

Bespoke Training

As well as the programmed training, we can deliver professional bespoke training designed to fit the needs of your staff or volunteers. For tailored training at affordable prices, call us to discuss your training requirements – 01768 800350 or email

Alternatively complete a reply form by clicking here.

Looking for funding for Accredited Training?

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The latest round closed on 31 July 2015. If we hear of further funding we will post details here.

The Edge is a Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership project led by Carlisle College offering funded training to businesses and their employees / volunteers so they can secure the skills they need for growth. This includes third sector organisations and social enterprises.

Am I eligible?

  • Eligible organisations must have a base in Cumbria and employ less than 250 staff. Those who are self-employed are also eligible for support.
  • Employees and volunteers accessing funded training must be aged over 19 years, be resident in England and working or volunteering for more than 8 hours a week.

Whether it’s IT or customer service, care or leadership skills you require The Edge can help.

A range of funded interventions were available across the County from full qualifications to short courses: Carlisle College was working with other Cumbrian Colleges and Training Providers to deliver this project including Age UK Training, Cumbria Adult Education, Furness College, Kendal College and Lakes College.

Read Carlisle United’s successful Edge story:

Cumbria CVS has been working with the Edge to help identify the skills gaps in your organisation and find a training solution to meet your needs. The current round is now closed.

ESF (Exclusion Zone)