Training & Events


AVA Training offers small and medium sized community and voluntary groups high quality, affordable, accessible and relevant training. We work in partnership with community and voluntary organisations so that they may strengthen their capabilities and efficiency through accessing a quality programme of training. See the kind of training we offer below.

We offer a comprehensive year-round open programme, which can be accessed by community groups, voluntary organisations, public sector staff, interested individuals and small businesses. We also offer a bespoke training service to cater for specific requirements.

Visit the current Training calendar here.

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What kind of training courses do we offer?

The Nuts & Bolts of a Funding Application: This course is aimed at anyone looking to apply for funding for thev voluntary group they are involved with. It covers the key sections of a typical application whilst explaining the jargon that many funders use.


  • Motivation & Retention of Volunteers
  • Support & Supervision of Volunteers
  • Reducing Barriers to Volunteering for Peopl with Disabililties
  • Assessing and Dealing with Risk to Volunteers
  • Dealing with Difficult Volunteering Situations

Each of these volunteering topics are run as separate courses. They are all half-day participatory courses that give delegates the opportunity to think about and develop practice in supporting volunteers.

Mental Health Awareness: This course is aimed at sufferers, family members and carers, staff in any organisation who deal regularly with people who are experiencing or have recovered from mental health problems. Participants will gain a greater understanding on sufferers and those around them.

Becoming a Charity: Exploring the different options for voluntary and charitable models including SCIOs (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation), Unincorporated Voluntary Groups, Trusts and Community Interests Companies. Includes case studies. The role of OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) and the support offered by AVA Development Officers.

General First Aid: This course is aimed at anyone who wants the confidence and skills to help someone who needs basic First Aid. Dealing with an accident scene, assessing and prioritising of casualties and calling for assistance. Resuscitation, airway problems, circulatory problems and other major conditions.

Marketing Effectively to Your Users: This course is aimed at organisations who are keen to improve their presence in their community for users and volunteers. The content will help delegates to look at who their typical service user is and utilise the right marketing tools to attract them.

Dementia Awareness: This course gives a basic understanding of what dementia is - and what it isn't. Recognise some of the signs and symptoms of the most common types of dementia and understand what a 'Dementia-friendy Community' means. Find out what we can all do to make our communities more dementia-friendly.

Introduction to Health & Safety: This training is designed to introduce volunteer managers to their responsibilities to their volunteers and staff under current HSE legislation.

Emergency First Aid:  A course to help participants understand the roles and responsibilities of a First Aider - is aimed at those who require emergency first aid at work as part of their work. This is a certificated course with practical assessment during the course and a short written multiple choice assessment at the end. 

Visit the current Training calendar here.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a bespoke training session, please contact the AVA Training at: