Free training is on offer to voluntary organisations across Cornwall, thanks to EU cash.

Training includes courses in First Aid; First Aid; Youth Work; Volunteer Management; Education and Training; Information, Advice and Guidance; Useful Psychology for Youth Professionals; Safeguarding Protection and Welfare of Children; Planning To Meet the Needs of the Developing Child; Working in Partnership; Skills for Effective VCS Organisations; Fit For Funding; Branding Your Business; Social Media; Web Design and Photoshop.

Community Assist is delivered by a voluntary sector partnership consisting of The Learning Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Business in the Community, Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT) and Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum. The scheme is supported by ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency, via the Skills Support for the Workforce Local Response Fund – which is managed by Cornwall College Group.

Tracy Waters, from the Penwith Community Development Trust, said: “Not only is there training on offer but also free, professional support which together helps voluntary organisations to build capacity and sustainability.

"We have looked at the needs of the voluntary sector and put together training packages that we think will help a lot of organisations become more sustainable.”