If you're looking for a source of new knowledge and skills, below is an ever expanding list of training opportunities available to the members of our Friends groups.
Free training: NVQ level 2 cleansing
We have been approached by the company who supplies our graffiti kits offering our volunteers access to government funded training. The company is now also an accredited City & Guilds training provider and are able to offer, free of charge to end users [learners], an NVQ level 2 qualification in cleansing. Now I know that does not sound that enticing, but as graffiti, litter and other detritus [dog pooh, sharps, etc.] are issue’s in our parks, the opportunity for our volunteers to gain some knowledge and skills on the subject free of charge, we hope will appeal.
The training can be done during office hours or in an evening; it lasts a total of 16 hours broken in to four 4 hour sessions, plus a max 3 hours practical assessment which has to be completed within four months.
What we are looking for is expressions of interest and/or champions who we can attend the first course. To get things going we need the names of between 10 and 15 people who would be interested in attending the course with ourselves over the next couple of months. If there is demand, we can run the course again. Please let your Parks Partnership Officer known if you are interested by the 28th February.
Free training: First Aid
A one day basic first aid course offered to the Friends of Bromley's Parks and Greenspaces. Wednesday 1st April at the Tree Centre, Orpington. Please contact your Parks Partnership Officer for more information and an application form.
Bromley Adult Education College
FREE taster classes at BAEC, Widmore Centre, Nightinggale Lane, Bromley on Saturday 9 May 2009. No boking required as places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Come along at 12.30 and choose from a wide range of classes. Classes take place from 1 until 2pm and from 2.30 to 3.30pm. Classes include: computing, website design and gardening.
Free visit: National Wildflower Centre
There will be a day trip, probably in June to the National Wildflower Centre to see what is involved in planning, funding, creating and maintaining wildflower meadows in our parks and green spaces. Transport will be provided and entrance is free. Please contact your Parks Partnership Officer for more information and to reserve your place.
English Landscapes continue their demonstrations and training. Spring/Summer 2009.
Free training: Leadership and management course
If you are a senior person working for a VCO with 5 -250 staff you may be eligible for free government funded training. Courses come with a training grant of up to £500, a customised training programme for a senior person in your organisation, local training including 1:1 session or training workshops.
For further information call Gary on 020 8310 8660 or e-mail email@example.com for a no obligation discussion.
Free funder search
This is a free service, but booking is essential. Contact Julie Hunt on 020 8315 1915 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Community accountancy service for Bromley
We are pleased to announce a new expansion of our community accountancy financial management service. Community Links Bromley's community accountant, Maroof Adeoye, is now available for 1-1 advice, support and guidance on a wide range of financial management issues, including:
Setting up financial procedures
- Getting ready for audit or independent examination
- Conducting a financial review of your organisation
- Advice on complying with regulatory requirements
For more information, call Maroof Adeoye on 020 8315 1919 or visit http://www.communitylinksbromley.org.uk/sai/accountancy.html
Free seminar: Easy exercise
Presentations from the Green Chain Walk area co-ordinator and the Natural England backed Walking your way to health scheme at the Civic Centre, Bromley BR1 3UH on Thursday 26th February 2009. By invitation only. Contact your Parks Partnership Officer for more information.
Free training: Bromley library IT training
There are computing skills classes and one-to-one support on Microsoft Word and e-mail available at most the the Boroughs libraries. To find out more and to book an appointment contact your local library.
Bromley Adult Education College
Short course, and part-time learning opportunities across the borough - Kentwood Centre, Poverest Centre, Widmore Centre. The college offers wide range of course on subjects from gardening to computer applications. For more information visit www.bromleyadulteducation.ac.uk
Permaculture and woodland management taster weekends and full design courses are available throughout the year from Naturewise. For more information visit www.naturewise.org.uk or e-mail: email@example.com
Capel Manor College basic horticultural skills for Friends groups
The one day course designed to demonstrate the use of hand tools, weed identification, basic pruning, etc. Course ref: HSC0805. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8993 6266.
Capel Manor College
They offer full and part-time courses leading to national qualifications which support progression to employment or further study. Whatever your age between 14 and 60+, wherever your interests in horticulture, groundsmanship, garden design, floristry, balloon artistry, small animals, saddlery, arboriculture, countryside management or the environment, they can help with your success. They also offer a full calendar of shows, events and activities to develop your skills and widen your interests.
Capel Manor College, Crystal Palace Centre,
Crystal Palace Park,
London SE20. Tel:
020 8676 3749,
Hadlow College is Kent's premier land-based college and one of the top three such colleges in the United Kingdom. Their primary aim is to offer high quality education across all levels and curriculum areas and they benefit from a dedicated and hard working team of people who are passionate about their subject.
London SE12 9AW.
Tel: 0500 551434, e-mail:
Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector. They provide access to training for paid or unpaid workers in the sector, and people looking to start a career in environmental and land-based industries. To find out more about course that are available, visit www.lantracoursefinder.co.uk
London Voluntary Service Council
LVSC's vision is for the voluntary and community sector to play a fully empowered and effective role in the diverse life of London. LVSC Short Courses - quality training at an affordable price for London's voluntary and community sector. To find out more, visit http://www.lvsc.org.uk/courses/