VANEL provides both scheduled and bespoke training courses on a variety of developmental themes.

Our most common themes are:
Governance, Trusteeship or Leadership
Technology, websites, social media and digital competence

We schedule courses throughout the year – and dates and details usually are available on our online calendar here. However, very often, after discussing requirements and issues with organisations we very commonly schedule bespoke training according to their needs.

There is always a cost for training. However, if we are running a project that helps provide training, workshops or briefings then those particular sessions may be subsidised to keep the costs down – often to the extent of making courses ‘free’ to attend.

Often organisations in paid up membership of VANEL will also qualify for a further price discount.

Booking is always essential for training courses.  Again, member organisations will have preference when making bookings if places are limited.

Every session has it’s own ‘rules’ for booking – please see details of the course itself.

What’s planned?


We provide training direct to individuals – the volunteers themselves and also to groups/organisations who host volunteers – usually to the volunteer managers or those working with volunteers.

See the latest training for Volunteers here.

See the latest training for Volunteer Hosts/Managers here.

Governance and Trusteeship

A key focus for VANEL is ensuring groups have ‘Good Governance’ in place.  To this end we provide training courses around the roles for charity trustees, developing better approaches to governance within organisations and in leadership development.

Bespoke courses are often delivered, but any scheduled courses will appear in our training calendar here.

A current timetable of scheduled training is here.


Currently technology courses are scheduled as hoc or as needed.  Please contact Karl Elliott if you are interested in such training.

Common subjects we train on are:

Website creation, redevelopment or maintenance
Wordpress – a specific website tool
Mailchimp – for e-newsletters

Keep an eye on the calendar for further technology training.

Young People

Our IGNITE youth leadership programme has been and continues to deliver training courses to young people as part of its project mission.

Again, keep an eye on the calendar and look for IGNITE training.

Visit the IGNITE information page here to contact the team.


No scheduled courses at present.
If you are interested, please contact Peter Hewson at VANEL direct via 01472 231123 or

Training Calendar

The VANEL training calendar here is the best place to look for what’s scheduled.

Overall, our online calendar includes all kinds of events including all upcoming training (from other members too).

Also keep an eye on our blog for detailed news of our training as the dates get closer.

We also announce our training on Twitter @vaneltalk.

Any questions about current or future or bespoke training please contact VANEL direct.

Either contact reception via 01472 231123 for general discussions or contact Karl Elliott (, 01472 287548) for more specific discussions.  Check current details of courses first as they may have direct contact details and booking arrangements for that course.

Next: head to the training calendar…