Community Group Training is part of The National Training Academy


Our vision is that community groups across the UK should be able to access flexible and affordable training and support. We aim to be a one stop shop for community groups needing training, advice and support.

A new addition to our support offer are FREE live Q and A sessions via Periscope. Join us on Twitter @infoCGT to ensure you get all the latest updates, let us know what Q and A sessions you’d like to see.

One goal: “to provide affordable, engaging and relevant on line training and support to volunteers and staff working for small to medium sized community and voluntary groups”

Bringing relevant, meaningful training to those who need it.

Our Team

Maxine Clark
Maxine ClarkCourses covered include: Safeguarding children awareness, Safeguarding adults awareness, Safeguarding policies and procedures, Safeguarding designated person, Engagement and participation
Maxine has a wealth of experience in teaching, training and development, primarily for disadvantaged families and the organisations that support them. A training design specialist, who has managed and delivered numerous and wide ranging training packages across the UK. Her work has led to 2 national awards for learning and development and country wide recognition from the Family and Parenting Institute, a field she has a significant and invaluable track record in. Approved by children and adult safeguarding boards Maxine is our safeguarding specialist focusing on Multi-agency partnerships and networks to ensure safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

Maxine is also a trustee of Homestart in Newcastle, providing leadership and guidance to the organisation.

Claire Arthur
Claire ArthurCourses covered include: Skills for fundraising, Managing money, Committee skills, Organisational finance, An introduction to management
Claire specialises in the voluntary and community sectors, where she has had a successful career in several key roles throughout the country. Her experience covers development support, funding applications, leadership and management and governance. Claire has made hundreds of funding applications over the years but has also been a funder, bringing both perspectives to the table.

In addition Claire is a trustee for the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education bringing a wealth of practical experience to the table.

George Billings
George BillingsSocial media and marketing apprentice
George joined the team in January 2016, full of energy with a positive outlook, George is a great new addition to our team.George will be managing our social media accounts, working with our trainers to respond quickly and efficiently to learner’s queries.

He’ll also be working closely with the team to produce e-bulletins, keeping people posted with what’s up and coming, new courses and lots more.

Kallum Wood
Kallum WoodInstructional design apprentice
Kallum joined the team in June 2016, a great new addition to the team, keen to learn and already making an impact. Kallum previously trained in game design and is looking forward to the challenges of e-learning.

Kallum will be learning about all aspects of instructional design, photo editing and much more.

Claire Stewart
Claire StewartCourses covered include: Developing a staff and volunteer policy, Providing support and supervision, Recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers
A Grade 1 – Outstanding Adult Tutor with a wealth of experience of working with and developing curriculums to meet the needs of disadvantaged individuals and groups including long term unemployed, mental health problems, substance misuse and health and wellbeing issues.

Claire has extensive experience in developing policies and procedures including recruitment and selection and support and supervision. Competent, trustworthy and enthusiastic with a wealth of experience working with and for Voluntary and Statutory Organisations. Passionate about supporting individuals to reach their potential and working with organisations to achieve their aims.

In her spare time Claire has been involved with fundraising for many local charities, including the Douglas McMillan Hospice, which is close to her heart.

Tara Hussain
Tara HussainCourses covered include: Equality and diversity, Lone working for staff, Lone working for managers, Communication skills, Safeguarding
Tara has worked with our team for over two years. She has extensive experience working in the community and voluntary sector. She is a qualified Psychologist with a 15 year career in social work, mental health, community development and housing with a successful track record in consultancy, training and project management

An experienced and qualified trainer specialising in safeguarding, equality and diversity,

Lesley Boughey
Lesley BougheyCourses covered include: Chairing an organisation, Role of treasurer, Role of secretary, Taking minutes, Effective meetings
Lesley is an expert practitioner in a number of different fields with an honours degree and over 25 years’ experience/training working with families and children, 20 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector and in partnership across sectors and Four years’ experience as an independent trainer: designing and delivering training packages. She is passionate about learning and self-development and is an integral part of our team.

Lesley is also a chair of a local charity, bringing years of experience and practical solutions to voluntary and community groups.

Paul Longmore
Paul LongmoreCourses covered include: Emergency and fire awareness, Risk Assessment
Paul has served for 30 years with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at various locations and positions, leaving the Service at the rank of Group Manager (previously known as Divisional Officer). Whilst in the Service Paul’s roles included; Fire Safety Inspecting Officer, Fire Safety Team Leader, Station Commander, Fire Safety District Officer, Divisional Officer and Area Commander for the Lichfield Area Command.

He is a corporate member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and a Technical member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
Since retiring from the Fire and Rescue Service in 2012, Paul has worked with many organisations to develop their fire risk assessments and to deliver fire safety training.

Paul still maintains links with the Fire Service as a member of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Ceremonial Squad.

Paul assists pupils at Woodhouse Middle School in Biddulph with their preparation for and taking of SAT tests. He is also a qualified football referee and cricket umpire.

Mike Taylor
Mike TaylorCourses covered include: Emergency first aid at work (1 day and 3 day course), Family first aid, Paediatric first aid and more.
The Health and Safety Executive does not accept e-learning, blended learning or any other form of distance learning as a valid form of delivery for first aid. Therefore we do not offer this as an e-learning option.

In response to this we have a first class trainer who can provide a range of first aid training courses in a classroom environment, giving you the knowledge and confidence in your practical first aid skills.

Mike Taylor has been training and assessing First Aid since 2003. He is a fully qualified teacher, holding a PGCE. Mike has previously held various roles within the leisure industry including those at a management level. He is also a Community First Responder attending 999 calls on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Mike is available to provide first aid training across the UK, contact us for further information.