CAN regularly organises open training sessions for trustees of Community Buildings across Northumberland, and are also able to offer bespoke training to individual community buildings on request. 

Free online training

Basic Safeguarding training for volunteers

We produced a video of our online basic safeguarding training for volunteers who were applying for funding and were required to have had some basic safeguarding training. This training was created with volunteers at community buildings and village halls in mind so is particularly suitable for those wanting a good basic understanding of safeguarding.

You can download the notes which accompany the video.



Carbon Monoxide Awareness

This online training video by Christine Nicholls at CAN explains the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, how to watch out for the signs, what to do to detect and prevent it.

Watch Carbon Monoxide Awareness video


Fire safety for community buildings

We worked with Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service to produce a user-friendly introduction to fire safety for community buildings and village halls. This training was delivered live online in June 2020 and recorded so can be watched again:

Watch Fire Safety for Community Buildings

The following documents are referred to in the training to download:

Small Premises Log Book

Fire Risk Assessment Form


Training on request

We offer the following bespoke training to individual community buildings on request and wherever possible we seek funding to keep the costs to community buildings to a minimum.

Topics we are able to cover include:

Trustee Responsibilities (and liability)

Charity trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity and are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of a charity.

This session will help trustees to understand their roles, responsibilities and duties in line with charitable law with an explanation of some of the technical terms. It will assist Chairpersons, Treasurers, Secretaries and Trustees in their role as Management Committee members – and show the best ways of working together as a team

Length – 3 hours

Easy Accounts

The ‘Easy Accounts’ training is a simple computer programme which requires no accountancy skills as long as participants know the difference between ‘income’ and ‘expenditure’.  The programme does the rest: periodic reports for committee, comparison of actual income and expenditure with your planned budget, who paid what when and a host of other useful detail which will satisfy auditors and the charity Commission alike.

Length – 3 hours

Looking After the Money

Looking after the Money session offers a policy framework for looking after Charitable funds, a template for ‘doing it right’ and the tools for ‘doing the job well. The purpose of this Workshop is to safeguard trustees from financial risk by sharing the decision making in a simple but orderly framework.

The Workshop covers 

  • Handling money with confidence
  • Transparency in the accounts
  • Reduction of financial risk
  • The tools to do the job efficiently

Length – 3 hours


This information session will guide trustees on all types of insurance. Trustees have a duty under Charitable Law, to insure the charity’s assets and liabilities. The session will help trustees understand what must be insured and to make the right choices about the correct policy for your hall.

Length – 3 hours

Risk Assessments

This session will guide trustees in undertaking risk assessments - for both the regular activities within the hall and also for less regular or one-off activities, such as ‘fairs/fetes’. The session will also give guidance on the annual fire risk assessment.

Length – 3 hours

Health and Safety

Management Committees have a duty of care under common law and a statutory duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act, towards individuals and organisations, to avoid carelessly causing personal injury or damage to property. They must take ‘reasonable practical’ steps to ensure the health and safety of employees and others who use the hall ie. volunteers/public/contractors. The duty of care should apply to everyone that uses the building and its grounds.

This session will guide trustees on their responsibilities and how to fulfil them

Length – 3 hours

First Aid CIEH Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work

This course, though not mandatory for halls which do not employ staff, will qualify candidates to become a first-aider in their ‘workplace’. The course is a day course with a practical assessment. The certificate lasts 3 years.

Length – 6 hrs

Food safety in Catering CIEH Level 2 Award

This one day  course is an excellent introduction to basic food safety and is relevant to anyone involved with food handling in their village hall/community building. The course offers guidance on all aspects of food safety and would cover issues such as, premises and equipment, prevention of contamination, bacteriology, food poisoning, personal hygiene, pest control, cleaning and disinfection and legislation. 

Although the qualification is not mandatory, training is recommended as good practice for halls that prepare and serve food.

Length – 6 hrs

Social Media

This training shows how community groups can use Twitter, Facebook and other social media to promote their activities and reach more people. 

Two levels of course are available:

  • Introduction to social media for the absolute beginner – will explain what social media is, ensure a good understanding of the terminology, help you to set up your own Twitter or Facebook account and familiarise you with using these media.
  • Using Social media as a marketing tool for those already familiar with the basics. – will consider which forms of communication are best used for reaching different customers and the strengths and weaknesses of different media.  It will also consider practical issues associated with promoting your organisation through social media and the pros and cons of doing so.

Length – 2 hours

Website Design  

A practical training course in setting up a website based on a template website we have specifically designed for community buildings. By the end of the session you will have an understanding of the process and have set up your own website using Google Sites.

Length – 3 hours

Need training not listed here?

To discuss your training needs, contact Louise Currie, Village Halls Advisor at CAN or call 01670 517178.