We support, promote and develop voluntary and community action in Middlesbrough.


We advertise events and training of interest to clients, staff and volunteers of voluntary organisations in Middlesbrough.  We can advertise your event or training on our website for free.

Care leaver awareness training

30 January 2023 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This course will be of interest to those working with young people in both a community and custodial setting. The course explores what it means to be a care leaver and the potential issues faced by care experienced people. The course also gives awareness on the rights and entitlements of legal care leavers aged 18 to 25 years.

This is a 3 hour session and is currently delivered on Zoom.



More information

Parental rights in prison training

8 February 2023 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

This is a 2.5 hour awareness session for all those who may work with a family where a parent is in custody or is at risk of going to custody. It looks a the legalities of parental rights and the challenges and barriers prisoners face in exercising their parental rights and remaining an active parent.

Learning outcomes


More information

Find a Funder workshop

13 February 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Find a Funder is a simple and easy to use funding search website provided by Middlesbrough Council in partnership with MVDA. Workshop sessions demonstrate how the Find a Funder website works and how the get the best out of it. Sharon Barker from Middlesbrough Council and John Atkinson from MVDA will run one or two live searches using ideas the groups represented in the room and their current search for funds. In the second part of the session, Sharon and John will provide advice on how to make more successful funding applications, and how to avoid common mistakes.


More information

Basic bid-writing course

20 February 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

MVDA is offering a 2-hour training session to help voluntary and community groups make more successful funding applications.

The course will be delivered be delivered by Ruth Barnes and John Atkinson over 2 hours with lots of hints and tips to help beginners to understand what funders are looking for, how to make the case for the things you want to get money for and what to expect when funders make contact with you.

There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions and talk about your experiences.


More information

Listening support skills training (virtual)

27 February 2023 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

In all aspects of life we are asked to listen to others and communicate in response, but how effective are we at doing this?

Listening support skills training sessions are for anyone who wants to improve their awareness and skills around listening and communicating with others both in a personal or professional capacity.

This 2.5 hours training session, which will take place on Zoom, will give you an awareness of what it means to truly listen to others and the skills that are involved in doing this. This will then lead to being more effective in communication generally.


More information