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An exciting new project will transform our Skills-Building offer, helping more people to get the training that they need. We’ve secured £15,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to work in partnership with Northumberland CVA and North Tyneside VODA to design, develop and trial a new online digital training offer that will help us better meet the needs of the communities we serve.

The funding covers a 12 month trial period in which we will develop online versions of our most popular training packages on Good Governance, Good Fundraising and Volunteers and the Law. During this period, we will offer the one-hour sessions free of charge to people in return for their feedback so we can make improvements. We’re hoping to make the trial courses available from July 2020.

Following the trial, the courses will be available to anyone at a cost of £20 per person. This will enable us to further develop the training offer with the aim of reaching those who are unable to attend our face-to-face Skills-Building sessions by making online courses that can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an internet connection. Although the training will be promoted throughout Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead, it will be available to anyone.

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