Community CVS is offering free training for any volunteers in Blackburn with Darwen.

Is it free?

The Community Volunteer Training programme is FREE

Who is it for?

It’s for anyone who wants to get involved in their community as a volunteer. It will be ideal for volunteers and community groups who provide support to members of the public, for example in recovery, mental health, health and social care, volunteer-led community support, sports and culture, environment and children and young people.

How is it delivered?

We’ll be giving volunteers the knowledge and awareness they need through friendly face-to-face informal workshops delivered through the Volunteer Centre and Recovery/Fast4wd Team.

What will I gain?

By taking part, volunteers will gain confidence and the key skills they need for volunteering.

Certificates will be provided for the workshops volunteers attend.

What will volunteers be learning?

Our workshops will cover these areas: –

Day 1 – Introduction to Volunteering (10:00am – 3:00pm)

  • What is volunteering & why is it important
  • Managing Expectations
  • Volunteer responsibilities
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Confidence & Self-esteem…

Day 2 – Volunteering in Practice (10:00am – 3:00pm)

  • GDPR
  • Professional Boundaries
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Health & Safety
  • Safeguarding…

Day 3 – Professional Practice in Volunteering (10:00am – 3:00pm)

  • Reflective practice
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Lone working…

Day 4 – Volunteering in Recovery Services (10:00am – 3:00pm)

  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Support Services…

When will the Community Volunteer Training Programme run?

The programme is delivered on a rolling basis every 2 months. It is a 4 day training delivered over 2 weeks ( 2 days per week) at the Community CVS Boulevard Centre. The calendar for 2024 is as follows: –

  • Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd, Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th January
  • Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th, Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th March
  • Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st May
  • Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July
  • Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September
  • Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th, Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th November

Contact Denise Hayhurst for more details, up-coming dates and booking information – e-mail:; tel: 07484 624659.

Places will be available on a first come first served basis.