Training

VCT Skills offers specialised training resources for housing organisations, local authorities, voluntary groups and churches.

Currently, we provide courses on homelessness and housing management issues; developing your organisation’s capacity through financial planning, developing partnerships or using volunteers, and many others. We also offer reflective learning opportunities for Church groups, relating the Bible to the realities of 21st century issues of homelessness and exclusion.

Training is tailored to the needs of each organisation, and can be delivered in-house, or at our Torridon Room in central Edinburgh.

We keep costs affordable – email info@churches-housing.org for details.

TRAINING PROGRAMME

Scottish Churches Housing Action has over 20 years experience in developing partnerships and volunteer projects to help prevent homelessness. Scottish Churches Housing Action is using its expertise and experience to design and tailor training courses to help other organisations in their work. Our training courses are participative, thought provoking, practical, stimulating and even fun. All our training courses can be tailored to the specific needs of your organisation and your staff. We can also discuss with you other training needs you may have.

Tenancy sustainment

This course will focus on the policy framework of prevention of homelessness and on positive practice developed throughout Scotland. It will look at specific preventive measures that your organisation could include in its service and partnership work with other community planning partners, to help you support your service users to sustain their tenancy.

Who is it for? Members of staff involved in homelessness at a frontline level or management level (training can be adapted according to the role of staff attending the course). Find out more

Social Networks

The Homelessness Task Force Final Report highlighted the importance of positive social networks in successful resettlement. A lack of social networks has been proven to increase the risk of homelessness. This course developed by the Scottish Social Network Forum focuses on how to help your service users build positive social networks to tackle their social isolation, increase their self-esteem and to empower them to successfully move out of homelessness.

Who is it for? This course can be delivered as a training for trainers for management staff or as a normal training for frontline staff. Find out more

Understanding homeless households’ needs

This course will focus on understanding the needs of people who have been through homelessness and in helping your staff in signposting, advising and supporting new service users who have been homeless. This course includes practical case studies to help you identify more effective responses to your tenants’ needs, understand their expectations, and encourage their participation to help you plan your services.

Who is it for? Members of staff involved in homelessness at a frontline level or management level (training can be adapted according to the role of staff attending the course). Find out more

Building strong partnerships

This course will focus on building strong relationships between local authorities, Housing Associations and other key partners from the voluntary sector. Partnership work is recognised as essential to develop preventive measures and to provide a more coordinated approach in supporting people who have been through homelessness. Positive practice and case studies will be used to learn how partnership can benefit your organisation and how it can work in practice.

Who is this for? Members of staff involved in homelessness at a frontline level or management level (training can be adapted according to the role of staff attending the course). Find out more

Demonstrating impact

This course will focus on how to evaluate the impact of your activities, monitor positive outcomes of your action and publicise your commitment and results in tackling homelessness. Positive practice and case studies will be used to learn how you can improve your evaluation and monitoring procedures. Where appropriate tenant or service user involvement in project evaluation will be addressed.

Who is it for? Management committee members and senior members of staff of statutory and voluntary organisations. Find out more

Understanding Homelessness

This course will focus on breaking down some preconceptions that people may have about homelessness. The aim is to explain what homelessness is in Scotland and in your area, who becomes homeless, understand the legal and policy framework of homelessness and the responses available.

Who is it for? Management committee members, new staff members or other members of staff who would benefit from understanding the wider picture the organisation is involved in. Find out more

Making the most of volunteers

This course sets out the processes for making the most of volunteers, from recruitment and screening, through training and induction, to communications, motivation, working as a team and valuing achievements.  It offers a ‘big picture’ planning process to distinguish appropriate roles and establish policies which will make the most of a valuable resource.

Who is it for? Management committee members and staff of new and small voluntary organisations. Find out more

Successful planning for sustainable funding

This course provides the basis for establishing clear, effective financial management process, and submitting applications for funding that stand the best chance of success.  It focuses on setting clear objectives, identifying the right funders to apply to; and making the best case for your activity.  It reminds participants that with funding comes responsibility to provide clear and honest feedback to stakeholders, and provides tools for analysing performance for both internal and external use.

Who is it for? Management committee members and staff of new and small voluntary organisations. Find out more

Developing resilience

This course provides an overview of resilience. It focuses on the key factors of resilience and how to promote good mental health. It highlights the six domains of resilience and how they have a fundamental effect on a person’s well being. It addresses resilience in people, even when circumstances look to be against them and how to increase capacity to adapt and overcome risk and adversity.

Who is it for? Public sector workers and staff of new and small voluntary organisations. Find out more

“…best training course I have been on this year!”

Staff member from North Lanarkshire Council

 

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Scottish Churches Housing Action
44 Hanover Street
Edinburgh EH2 2DR

Phone: 0131 477 4500 | Email: info@churches-housing.org