Image of cover of Autumn 2018 Training ProgrammeBAVS Autumn Programme 2018

BAVS supports the development of the third sector in Berwickshire. Our programme is for volunteers, staff and trustees from third sector organisations. Although priority is given to the third sector in Berwickshire, we welcome participants from outwith the county and from other sectors.

You can book on any of the events below by clicking on the title and following the link to our Eventbrite booking system. You can also download our full programme here.


All events will be held at Berwickshire Housing Association, 55 Newtown Street, Duns, TD11 3AU unless otherwise stated

Bacon Butty Blether – Reston Village Hall

Friday 14th September, 10am-noon

Our regular informal get together held in different village halls across Berwickshire. Come along, network, have a bacon butty and catch up with new friends and old. Kicking off Borders Diversity Week, this event will have an equalities theme.

Link Up Forum

Thursday 27th September, 10am-noon

A forum for employees and volunteers who would like some peer support in their role. The forum aims to reduce isolation by offering the opportunity to come together, share ideas and learn from one another. This session is based around the Swedish concept of ‘Fika’ – taking time to have coffee and cake with colleagues. We will also look at future learning needs of the forum.

Information Session: Understanding Your Organisation’s Banking and Insurance Needs

Wednesday 3rd October, 10am-12.30pm

This practical session, for small charities and village halls, is facilitated by The Royal Bank of Scotland and Keegan & Pennykid Insurance Brokers. The Royal Bank of Scotland will explore the practicalities of business banking for small organisations in a changing financial climate. Keegan & Pennykid will then examine how organisations determine the risks they face and the insurance arrangements they need to put in place. There will be time for facilitators to answer any specific questions organisations have.

Lunch will be provided.

Information Session: Understanding and Using Local Area Statistics for Funding Applications

Tuesday 16th October, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

An informative session run by Scottish Borders Council, which aims to help charities, village halls and community groups increase their understanding of local area profiles. It will explore how local data and statistics can be used in planning services for local communities and to support funding applications.

Workshop: How to set up and maintain a Facebook page

Thursday 25th October, 10am-1.30pm £20 Lunch provided

A practical workshop on how to create a Facebook page for your charity, community group or village hall. The session will explore how to set up your page, customise it, add content, and measure how successful it is.

Workshop: Elementary Food Hygiene (REHIS)

Monday 5th November, 9am-5pm, Foulden Village Hall

£65 (including £10 certification fee) £30 for village halls (kindly subsidised by the Berwickshire Federation of Village Halls) Lunch provided

This is a certificated course run by Borders College. It is essential for all those handling and preparing food and covers all aspects of basic food hygiene including: bacteria and their characteristics; food poisoning and its prevention; personal hygiene; safe working practices; cleaning practices; the working environment; common pests and their control; food safety legislation.

Information Session: Dementia Awareness

Friday 9th November, 10am -12.30pm Lunch provided

Run by Borders Care Voice Learning Network, this session will offer an insight into dementia, an umbrella term to describe a number of different disorders that affect the brain, particularly memory, behaviour, thinking and emotion.

Information Session: Running Effective Meetings

Wednesday 14th November, 6pm-7.30pm Splash!, Eyemouth

This practical, interactive session will explore how you can make the most of your meetings. It will cover basic chairing skills, how to keep your meeting to time, and explore ways to ensure your meetings are meaningful and inclusive.

Information Session: Becoming a SCIO

Thursday 22nd November, 10am-noon

An introductory session for organisations and village halls that are considering, or are in the process of, changing their legal structure to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). The session will cover the pros and cons of being a SCIO, how SCIOs differ from unincorporated charities, and the first steps involved in setting up a SCIO.

Workshop: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Thursday 29th November, 10am-2pm £20 Lunch provided

This informal workshop is for anyone who would like to feel more confident speaking in public, for example at meetings or giving a talk. The session will also look at how to structure more formal presentations and practise techniques to help with nerves.

Workshop: Understanding Equalities

Thursday 6th December, 10am-2pm £20 Lunch provided

A practical workshop to help charities, village halls and community groups ensure that they are inclusive of everyone in the community. The workshop will refer to the Equality Act 2010 and look at template Equality and Diversity Policies.

Bacon Butty Blether – venue to be confirmed

Friday 14th December, 10am-2pm

Our regular informal get together held in different village halls across Berwickshire. Come along, network, have a bacon butty and catch up with new friends and old.


Tailored Governance Training for Trustees

We can provide tailored training to new and existing boards. Training can be adapted to meet the learning needs of your board. We are happy to travel to you and can deliver weekend or evening training.

This training could include:

  • Becoming a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)
  • Roles and responsibilities of being a Trustee
  • Measuring social impact
  • Committee skills, eg, running effective meetings, minute taking, chairing skills.

For more information and an initial discussion, please contact Jenny Haines on 01361 883137 or e-mail