Community First New Forest

Contact us on: 01425 482773


The Minstead Trust is urgently seeking volunteers for the following roles:

Wood Turning Enthusiast - Working as part of a small team, supporting adults with learning disabilities, on a one to one basis, providing instruction and support on basic wood-turning skills

Skills support with literacy and numeracy - To work one to one in sessions of half an hour with 3 to 5 students on a Monday morning. You would be helping the students with their reading, writing, money skills, telling the time, numbers etc. according to the individuals need and using age-appropriate materials and resources.

Families Matter: Puppet Stage and Sound Crew
Praisin' Hands Puppets based at Hythe URC is looking for 2 people with strong muscles to load and lift equipment from the van, set up the stage, watch the very entertaining children's puppet show and then dismantle the stage and load up the equipment. Any expertise/experience in sound desk/lighting would be valuable, but not required.

Find out more here

Training Programme

About our courses

Community First New Forest offers training sessions to our members, community groups and organisations, as well as individuals. In most cases, there will be a charge for the training, but if you become a member of Community First New Forest (membership is free) this will be offered at a reduced rate.

After going on training we can signpost on to further training or development opportunities if you wish. We are always interested to hear of new courses or arrange different subjects to be introduced to the programme.

Training may be on an informal basis, for example, a one to one session, or it can be for up to a hundred people at one time. If we cannot provide the training you ask for we can normally direct you to the right place that can provide what you are looking for.

Training Courses:

MiDAS - Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme

MiDAS Training Dates 

  • 16 and 18 January 2018

Email for further information

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR training is now fully booked.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will significantly impact organisations approach to data privacy compliance.  You should start preparing now to make sure you are compliant when the GDPR comes into effect in May 2018.  In this session you will be looking at:

  • GDPR and what has changed
  • Direct marketing and what we mean by consent
  • Reviewing your privacy notices and being compliant
  • Preparation for GDPR in audits/action points
  • Update on fundraising practice – including regulator, fundraising preference service and codes of practice.

Wednesday 24th January 2018 10am-1pm


Trigger Tool Training

FREE training is being provided for anyone who has contact with people in their homes or in other situations in their professional or voluntary role.

The Trigger Tool pulls together in one useful document the contact details of a range of agencies and organisations that can be of use when in contact with people who may need support.

The training provides an opportunity to consider how and when to use the information provided in the Tool; with a training pack available for you to take away at the end.

Date - Wednesday 31 January, 2018, 1.30-3.30pm

Venue - Totton Hub 1 High Street Totton SO40 9HL

If you would like to book or find out more information contact Debbie Grace Tel. 01425 482773

Big Energy Saving Network3.30 - 4pm FREE session

There will be an additional half hour session at the end of this training if you would like to learn about How to Advise People on How to change their Energy supplier or get a better tariff.

For advice on bills, energy efficiency and government help and support available contact Debbie Grace
Tel No 01425 482773Booking Form

Previous Training Courses:

Trustees Training

Information you need as a trustee and what your legal responsibilities are.

Impact, Improve and Involve

A workshop to help your organisation and the work you do to be more effective by planning your approach to the key themes of Impact, Improve and Involve.

Developing your skills

The workshop session includes:

  • Support and Supervision: aims / planning / what to cover / how to handle the session / setting clear objectives
  • Time Management: Tips and techniques to manage your workload, reduce stress and become more effective
  • Influence: Techniques and tips to help you understand 'influence' and how to influence others

Trigger Tool Training

Free training provided for anyone who has contact with older people in their normal professional or voluntary role.

Funding Workshop

Introducing different sources of funding, what makes a good application and where you can get help.

MiDAS – Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme

Both new driver and refresher training is available.  Contact Paul Bache, Tel. 01425 482773 or email for further information

What our members say

“Very worthwhile. Thank you.”

“A very good workshop, professionally presented, with excellent handouts and attendee involvement.”

“I feel more confident in my role and would recommend this course to others.”