Community First New Forest

Contact us on: 01425 482773

Ringwood Good Neighbours group are urgently in need of some help

The group aren’t able to continue running without the support of volunteer coordinators. If you have a few hours to spare a month, would you be able to help co-ordinating the befriending scheme in the BH24 area?

This is a varied and interesting role which includes:

  • Helping to ensure training needs of volunteers are met
  • Assess clients and match them with a befriender
  • Listening and supporting the volunteers regarding their befriending role
  • Deal with volunteer expenses
  • Compile a list of local activities and support groups for the use of befrienders wishing to recommend additional social contact to clients

Full training is given as well as ongoing support as part of a dedicated team. For more information or to apply please click 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  - TBC

Email for further information

Would you like to know about Crowdfunding and how to build a Campaign? (Online Booking Form)

The 3-hour intensive workshop covers the 5 key ingredients that occur in our most successful campaigns.

  • Audience targeting: Reach the biggest audience possible by learning what drives different types of donors to support you.
  • Event copy: Get everyone to share your campaign by crafting the perfect story.
  • Set the right fundraising target: Discover how much you can raise - and what you can do to raise even more.
  • Make it exciting to donate: Learn how to build early momentum in your campaign using perks, building a team and other techniques that make your audience excited to donate.
  • Campaign planning: Reach a huge audience with the perfect promotion strategy.

During the campaign, you’ll get the opportunity to pitch your idea and get feedback from your colleagues in the room. You’ll also get a chance to network with the other participants.

Following the workshop, all workshop participants who start a campaign will be provided with a free, one on one mentoring session and are invited to join our community of fundraisers for ongoing campaign support.

Trainer : Carl Francis, Engagement and Support Manager at

Date: Tuesday 25th June 2019  1.30-4.30pm  

Venue: Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Rd, Brockenhurst SO42 7RY

Cost: £10 per person

Booking at or Tel No 01425 482773 or


woman using laptop on beach

Lone Working Workshop

This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Lone working - the law and the responsibilities of both employer and employee
  • Risk assessment - identifying and assessing risk
  • Tracing systems - ensuring staff are traceable and procedures in place
  • Travelling safely - practical tips for relevant modes of transport
  • Home visits - best practice for safety while conducting home visits

Understanding aggression - including recognising the early warning signs

Conflict management - including physical and verbal de-escalation and defusion techniques

Post incident support - reporting and the responsibility of employer and employee

Venue: Greyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood

Date: Wednesday, 21 August, 1.30-3.30pm

Cost: £10pp

To book go to Online Booking Form

Delivered by Debbie Grace, Community First New Forest, Tel. 01425 482773,

Previous Training Courses:

Community First New Forest can offer commissioned training for your organisation, for example:

Trustee training - this can be delivered at your place of work

Find out what information you need as a trustee and what your legal responsibilities are.  This session will provide you with a comprehensive summary including;

  • Trustees’ duties, responsibilities and potential liabilities
  • Governance
  • Financial Management
  • Safeguarding

2-hour session at a venue in the New Forest

Cost: £35 members £50 non-members

Please email any requests to, Tel 01425 482773

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.”