Continuous development enables us to become conscious and proactive, reinforcing our current skills. 

Funding and Income

Fundraising Everywhere

Learn from experts and one another on an online community of fundraisers. 

You can join this service for free using Smile's membership - find out more here.


Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

ACAS provide training on employment relations and the latest good practice for employers. 

Training courses are run remotely or face to face, led by workplace experts. Tailored support on a range of topics can be delivered in ways which suit what you need. ACAS experts also run free regular webinars which require you to register in advance. 

Cranfield Trust

Cranfield Trust is the leading provider of consultancy services and management support which is free of charge to charities in the UK.

If you need short-term practical advice, specialist telephone support gets answers to pressing management questions. Longer-term support involves building your confidence and skills in core areas of management.

NCVO - Training and Events

NCVO provide training on charity governance, regulation and best practice from those with real-life experiences and an extensive knowledge of the voluntary sector. 

Popular training includes outcomes and impact measurement and good practice in volunteer management. 

Smile - Trustee Academy

A strong board of trustees can make an incredible difference to the success of a charity. The Trustee Academy is a series of sessions designed to create quality trustees for charities across Hull & East Yorkshire.

Modules include fundraising, legal knowledge, assessing and mitigating risk, and managing human resources issues covered by business partners who give up their time for free.

Healthy & Active Communities 

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind work consultatively with organisations to make mental health a priority in the workplace. 

The Employee Wellbeing Package, offered as one off courses, workshops and as a one to one activity, aims to create a culture that celebrates good mental health and gives time to support wellbeing issues. 

The training offered includes mental health first aid, stress awareness and many more topics. 

HNY H&CP logo

Menopause Awareness

The NHS workforce is over 1.3 million strong and 76.5% of the workforce (over 1 million) are women. Women between the ages of 45 and 54 who are likely to be going through the menopause transition make up 1 in 5 of the entire NHS workforce, over 260,000

To support employees wellbeing,  HNY H&CP created a Menopause training programme that's open to all VCSE groups to access free of charge too.

Whether you're a person transitioning through the menopause, or if you are looking for information to help you support a colleague, employee, friend or relative who is experiencing symptoms of the menopause, this training can help.  Access training HERE.

NHS - Making Every Contact Count

The Make Every Contact Count (MECC) eLearning programme is designed to develop an understanding of public health and the factors that impact a person's health and wellbeing. 

MECC is intended for anyone who has contact with people, giving the competence and confidence to deliver health and wellbeing messages and to direct them to local services that can support them.

Personalised Care Institute - eLearning

The free eLearning courses are suitable for all health and care professionals. 

Choose from a range of 30 minute modules which give an introduction to personalised care topics. There are also in-depth courses which contain several topics. 

Zero Suicide Alliance Training

The free, online training courses teach skills on how to have a potentially life-saving conversation with someone. 

The effective but brief courses take under 20 minutes to complete. 

Keeping People Safe

DASH Charity Training

This online training is to help organisations understand what domestic abuse is and why it is everybody's business.

The training is delivered by individuals in an informative and thought-provoking way. The training can be adapted to suit your organisation's needs. 

East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership (ERSCP) 

ERSCP's courses have been designed for anyone working with children or their family members to ensure children are safeguarded. 

Core safeguarding courses are available for free via the ERSCP eLearning portal. There are also a number of inter-agency face-to-face learning and development sessions taking place throughout the year. 

East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board (ERSAB)

East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board provides multi-level, certified courses on adult safeguarding.

The training is delivered virtually and is available to all independent care sector staff.

St John Ambulance Training

Find a course near you from the nation’s leading first aid training provider.

Available training courses include first aid, health & safety, mental health first aid training, risk assessment, fire marshal and moving and handling. 

Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust

YGAM's social purpose is to inform, educate and safeguard young people against gaming and gambling harms. 

Free training and resources are provided for community leaders, youth workers and health professionals 

Personal Development

East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Adult Learning and Employment Support

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's adult learning and employability team deliver employment support and learning and skills training to adults all across the East Riding. 

There are designated learning centres across the East Riding but there is also the option to learn online. Search a huge range of courses. 

HEY Confident Futures

HEY Confident Futures is a leadership network for any leaders in Hull and East Riding. 

HEY Confident Futures offers workshops, training, events, one-on-one support and networking for staff, volunteers and trustees from voluntary, social and cultural organisations.

The Open University - Open Learn

Open Learn is a free learning platform, delivered by The Open University, supplying bite-sized learning experiences.

The content covers a wide range of subjects - there are over 1,000 free courses. 

The Workers' Educational Association (WEA)

The WEA's mission is to bring adult education within reach of everyone who needs it.

If you are looking for work, or want to improve your work skills, a team of tutors are there for support whether you choose an informal course or gain a national qualification.

Youtube Channels

The video-sharing platform YouTube is becoming increasingly popular to devote time at home to personal and skills development. 

The Charity Commission

Chartered Institute of Fundraising


Smile Community Development Team


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