Training and Events

Bavs Training and Events Programmes

Bavs supports the development of the third sector in Berwickshire. Our programmes are 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 the events below by clicking on the title and following the link to our Eventbrite booking system.

Because of the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, our training programmes and events have moved online.

Improving Mental Health and Preventing Suicide in the Scottish Borders

FREE – funded by Bavs

  • Course 1 – Session 1 – 9 July; Session 2 – 16 July, both 10am-11.30am
  • Course 2 – Session 1 – 15 July; Session 2 – 22 July, both 10am-11.30am

Please note – places are very limited. Attendees must attend both sessions of each course.

This Informed Level training is the foundation level of the Knowledge and Skills Framework for mental health improvement and prevention of self-harm and suicide prevention, which was co-produced by NHS Health Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland.

Each course will be delivered over 2x 90-minutes on Microsoft Teams by Borders Care Voice, who have been commissioned by the Joint Health Improvement Team, who developed the training.

The training is for staff and volunteers in health and social care settings and beyond. It aims to help them develop their abilities in recognising and responding to people who they come into contact with who may be in distress and require additional support. It will cover:

  • Mental health and how to maintain this, plus the factors that can lead to mental distress or mental ill-health
  • Having compassionate conversations to support people who are experiencing mental distress or may be feeling suicidal and help them to seek help
  • Suicide prevention.

Book online.

Mental Fitness Webinar

How to build your Mental Muscles – to positively thrive in times of change

17 Jun 2021, 2-3pm on Zoom

Kate Flory from Kapow Coaching will be running a one-hour webinar for our sector. Mental health is something we are all familiar with, but most of us are only beginning to understand what mental fitness is about, and how in just 30 seconds we can move from a negative to a positive mindset.

BAVS would like to welcome staff, volunteers and trustees from community groups, charities and social enterprises across the Scottish Borders to attend this free webinar.

Find out more and book on our Eventbrite page.


Covid Risk Assessment, Step by Step

  • Tuesday, 4 May 2021 6.30pm-8pm
  • Wednesday 5 May. 11am-12.30pm

How do you conduct a COVID-19 safety risk assessment? This short workshop will take you through the practical steps needed to ensure that COVID-19 hazards are properly assessed and evaluated at your organisation’s premises; and that you are meeting your legal duties towards others (including the public). It is aimed at anyone responsible for health and safety within their charity, community group, or social enterprise.

Next dates for Vision for Eyemouth sessions.

Please book on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link to join.  V4E events are FREE and everyone with an interest in Eyemouth is welcome.

Tuesday 20th April 3.30pm – 5pm  Special V4E “Living in an Eco-Town”

Tuesday 15th June 3.30pm – 5pm  Vision 4 Eyemouth

If you are interested in particular courses such as first aid, running effective meetings, charities accounting and assertiveness, or any others, please get in touch with a request.  Email

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