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NOCN Growing People, Growing Places Level 1

Course begins:
03-10-2017 12:00 am
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7 FREE SESSIONS • TUES 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 OCT, 7, 14 NOV 2017 •  10:00 am — 4:00 pmGrowing People Growing Places Level 2

This free ‘Personal Development through Horticulture’ qualification will build your confidence, communication skills and wellbeing, while improving your fitness and giving you commercial skills in gardening. Sessions will take place in and around Exeter, giving you the opportunity to learn about different gardens, with professional horticulture training from experienced tutors.

Feel better inside... Feel better outside!

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A Mindfulness Approach to Stress Management

Course begins:
04-10-2017 12:00 am
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£45 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • Wednesday 4th October 2017 

The aim of this workshop is to help you develop an awareness of the symptoms and effects of stress. We will equip you with mindfulness coping strategies to help support you to manage and build a resilience to stress. The workshop will also give learners guidance on what to do if they are feeling overly stressed and where to get further support and advice.

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Listening to the City

Course begins:
10-10-2017 12:00 am
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hands7 FREE SESSIONS • TUES 10, 17, 24, 31 OCT, 7, 14, 21 NOV 2017 • 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

A playful approach to sharing tales of Exeter, this course is a chance to learn the skills of storytelling and the importance of stories in society.

You will work with your peers and tutors to produce your own audio-guided tour of the city, learning field recording and audio editing skills along the way. At the end of the course, your audio guides will be made available to the public, who will get the chance to see the city from your perspective.

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NOCN Speaking Up Level 2

Course begins:
12-10-2017 12:00 am
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Speaking Up Level 1 Award9 FREE SESSIONS • THUR 12, 19 OCT, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 NOV, 7, 14 DEC 2017 • 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

Take your personal development to the next level by gaining an understanding of social issues related to democracy, diversity, rights and responsibilities. This free qualification explores how you can take part in the decisions that affect you. This introduction in effective communication, time management, and how to give and receive constructive criticism, will equip you with vital skills needed in life and work.

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Mental Health - A First Aid Approach

Course begins:
13-10-2017 12:00 am
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£75 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • Friday 13th October 2017 

A one-day course exploring issues around working with people who may present with a mental health condition. We will explore the likely mental health conditions you will come into contact with, strategies for helping and understanding and start to develop a toolkit of resources and ideas for your work.

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NOCN Award in Education & Training Level 3

Course begins:
19-10-2017 12:00 am
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8 SESSIONS • THU 19 OCT, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 NOV, 7, 14 DEC 2017 • 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

This eight-day NOCN course is the minimum requirement for trainers exploring how to plan, deliver and assess inclusive, motivational sessions that will help your learners achieve their potential, while promoting equality and diversity in the learning environment.

While some core theory is included, this is primarily an experiential course about the practical aspects of delivering training to adults.

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is the new standard qualification for those considering delivering adult learning, replacing PTLLS as the minimum requirement by most organisations delivering adult education.

Exeter CVS are offering their next course starting 19th October 2017.  This course is partly funded through our partnership with Cornwall College Group.   The stipulation for funding is that you would intend to deliver some of your training in the community and voluntary sector. 

The course will be delivered as 8 classroom days supported by some home study.

Subjects will include:


  • An introduction to teaching and learning
  • Lesson planning
  • Assessment
  • Record keeping
  • Use of resources and teaching materials
  • Communication skills in teaching and learning
  • Promoting equality and diversity in the learning environment


This is an experiential course.  Although theory is a part of the delivery the bulk of the course will be about the practical aspects of delivering training to adults. 



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Course begins:
01-11-2017 12:00 am
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£75 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • Wednesday 1st November 2017 

Understanding boundaries is important for being able to assert yourself while considering the impact on others. The session will enable learners to reflect on the meaning of boundaries and their positive effects in different organisations, valuing and sharing information in professional settings, and understanding the limits to confidentiality. Essential for organisations offering care/support services or working with vulnerable people.

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NOCN Peer Mentoring Level 2

Course begins:
03-11-2017 12:00 am
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Peer Mentoring Level 2 Award

7 FREE SESSIONS • FRI 3, 10, 17, 24 NOV, 1, 8, 15 DEC 2017 • 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

This course looks at understanding Peer Mentoring in adult relationships and will prepare you to go on to a Peer Mentoring placement with a voluntary sector organisation or to use these skills in the workplace.
Gain knowledge of the personal requirements for: successful mentoring, relationship building, boundary setting, making referrals, implementing good practices, and reviewing own practice.
No previous experience is necessary.


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Volunteer Management

Course begins:
15-11-2017 12:00 am
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£75 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • Wednesday 15th November 2017 

This course makes recruitment, management and, most importantly, engagement of volunteers easy. The training encourages you to look closely at the motivations of volunteers and how organisations work with them, as well as making clear the legal status of volunteers and the responsibilities you have towards them. It is essential that organisations understand both the good practice and the legal implications of volunteer involvement, in order to ensure that volunteering remains a valuable experience for all. 

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Willow Weaving

Course begins:
28-11-2017 12:00 am
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herb bird 23 FREE SESSIONS • TUES 28 NOV, 5, 12 DEC 2017 • 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

Take a journey through the wonderful world of willow basketry and sculpture. Over 3 workshops you will explore different weaving techniques and learn how to create a basket, an animal sculpture and lots more. All the tools and materials you need will be provided. No experience necessary, just lots of enthusiasm!

Willow Woman

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Equality & Diversity Workshop

Course begins:
05-12-2017 12:00 am
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£75 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • Tuesday 5th December 2017 

This course will give you an understanding of what equality and diversity is and why they are both important, and give you ways to break down the barriers to equality and diversity, including prejudice, preconceptions and stereotypes.
You will gain an awareness of the key legislation and its implications, and some key tips and guidelines for actively promoting equality and diversity.
This training is facilitated by Proud2Be founders Jon and Mat Price.

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