Bavs announce Autumn programme of free training events

Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service (Bavs) has successfully secured Scottish Government Supporting Communities Funding to support the third sector to adapt and recover from the effects of the Covid pandemic.

Full information of the free training courses is detailed below. These courses are open to volunteers, staff members and trustees from community groups, charities and social enterprises.

While this programme is run by Bavs, it is open to any organisation from across the Scottish Borders.

To ensure parity a limit of two attendees per organisation per event has been placed on the programme of training courses. Bavs has asked that those registering to attend state which community group, charity, or social enterprise they are with when booking a course.

All links below will take you to the appropriate Eventbrite page for booking. For further information contact Jenny Haines –

Charity Treasurer Workshop

Thursday 19 August, 10am-12.30pm (with a short break)

Tuesday 9 November, 2-4.30pm (with a short break)

On Zoom

This workshop is designed to equip the treasurer or other charity trustee with an in-depth knowledge of what it means to be responsible for the finances of small and medium sized charities. It will provide an overview of the law and regulations surrounding charity finances and trustee duties, and what that actually means in practice. It will consider what financial records are, how they can be held, and the options for annual accounts and reporting, including the contents of the Trustees’ Annual Report.

Covid-19 Risk Assessment: Step By Step

Wednesday 25 August, noon-1.30pm

On Zoom

How do you conduct a COVID-19 safety risk assessment? This short workshop will take you through the practical steps needed to ensure that COVID-19 hazards are properly assessed and evaluated at your organisation’s premises; and that you are meeting your legal duties towards others (including the public). It is aimed at anyone responsible for health and safety within their charity, community group, or social enterprise. While most restrictions were lifted on 9 August, others will remain in place.

Trustee Skills and Duties: A Refresher

Tuesday 14 September, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

On Zoom

This workshop will help you to refresh key skills and knowledge required to be an effective trustee. Using case histories, it will consider the duties and responsibilities of leading and managing your organisation. It will also help you to identify organisational strengths and areas for improvement.  In the face of challenging times for charities, voluntary groups and village hall committees, the emphasis will be on the practical steps you can take to be a more effective; and so help steer your organisation through the recovery from Covid-19.

Emergency First Aid at Work

Wednesday 15 September, 9am-4pm

Volunteer Hall, Duns

This certificated course is designed for people who want to receive training in emergency first aid. The course is especially suited for nominated first aiders in smaller, low risk, working or volunteering environments. Please bring your own lunch. Maximum of 10 places on this course and it will be run under Covid-19 guidance.

COVID-19: Organisational Recovery

Wednesday 15 September, 11am-12.30pm

On Zoom

How does your organisation recover from the COVID-19 pandemic? This workshop looks the practical steps you will need to take; and some of the key issues you may face. It will consider how to assess the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation; and to decide upon your priorities for action. Within this, we will consider key issues such as roles and responsibilities, and your communications and messaging. It is aimed at trustees, leaders and senior managers of small charities, voluntary groups, and social enterprises; and will suit those with little or no previous experience of crisis management.

An Introduction to Trust and Foundation Fundraising

Wednesday 20 October, 10.30am-noon

On Zoom

New to trust and foundation fundraising? Lacking confidence in your trust and foundation fundraising skills?  Then this workshop is for you. It will cover the essential steps you should be taking in order make the most of your applications, improve your chances of success; and target the most appropriate trust or foundation. The workshop is aimed at staff, volunteers and trustees who are new to Trust fundraising.

Introduction to Food Hygiene

Tuesday 26 October, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Reston Village Hall

A basic course which may be of interest to volunteers running community larders. It will cover:

  • The benefits of high standards of food hygiene and the main requirements of food safety legislation
  • The causes of food poisoning
  • How to prevent food poisoning

Elementary Food Hygiene

Thursday 11 November, 9am-5pm

Reston Village Hall

A 6-hour course which has been independently rated on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 5 with 1 credit.

The course may be of interest to volunteers running community cafes and lunch clubs. It will cover:

  • The benefits of high standards of food hygiene and food safety legislation
  • The incidence of food poisoning and its prevention
  • The role of food safety management systems in managing hazards and risk

Candidates are required to sit a multiple-choice exam at the end of the course. Lunch will be provided.