We are committed to the delivery of good quality community development work, to sharing good practice around engaging communities and supporting appropriate training in localities. We provide a range of training programmes and consultancy services for this exciting area of work.

one to one training

Working in Communities – Organisation, Development and Engagement (C-ODE)

We are running a new training course ‘Working in C-ODE’ for anyone working in communities and wanting a level 2 or 3 qualification in Community Development.

It is for anyone

* in paid work or volunteering

* who is actively involved in community development,

* in voluntary and community organisations, statutory bodies or businesses.

Learners have described our similar WICO course as being a ‘a life-changing factor’ and ‘without doubt a stepping stone into employment’.

‘Working in C-ODE’ will support you to develop practical and analytical skills to work with a range of communities. You will gain an understanding of community development values and purpose, work with community groups and the diversity of communities as well as skills in community development practice – inclusive group work, assessing community needs and reflective practice.

If you are interested please let us know by emailing or calling 01273 262220

The course is delivered and sponsored by TDC with support from the University of Brighton and bursaries are available.

Working With Communities

Over the past six years we have developed a very successful community engagement training course, delivered by in-house trainers and external consultants.  The course is relevant to voluntary and statutory sector organisation’s as well as local community groups and it encourages effective community engagement, experiential learning and improved understanding of cross-sector working and partnerships. We have worked with Brighton & Hove City Council to deliver community engagement courses over the last few years. We have also run a youth engagement training course at Sussex Central YMCA.
This course is particularly focussed on the role of teams, leaders and trustees when working with communities.

For more general information on the course please see our Working with Communities flyer or call 01273 262220 or email for the latest course dates.

To book a place, email

All courses are at Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JA and are delivered in partnership between TDC and Brighton & Hove City Council.

Further details and examples of projects initiated and supported on the course

trainingThis is an action-focussed learning course delivered over one full-day and two follow-up half-day sessions. Created out of the issues brought by learners, it is tailored to specifically meet the needs of attendees so it is all relevant to the work of participants.  Participants so far have worked on a range of projects including

  • Outreach about a volunteer support for parents of children with special needs (Voluntary Organisation)
  • Support to develop a ‘Friends of’ Park group (Community group)
  • Training volunteers to lead skateboarding sessions (Sports Development in the Council)
  • Influencing parking consultation (Parking Services in the Council)
  • Engagement events with BME and disabled groups around waste, parks, highways and parking (City Clean)
  • Developing a small Community Groups Network (Local CVS)
  • Crime prevention for Council day services (Police and Council)
  • Promoting safety messages through community networks (Fire and Rescue Service)

What people have said about our training

“It gave me a framework when working with groups in the future.”

“Good mixture of practicals and discussion.”

Housing Officers

The Trust are able to combine their experience in group facilitation skills with a wealth of knowledge in community engagement, making this learning programme an essential tool for anyone engaging with local people.

Head of Corporate Learning and Development Brighton & Hove Council

Key training for CVS’s and infrastructure organisations, provides an easy and accessible process to effective  engagement

CEO Community Works

If you would like to discuss the possibilities of a training course for your organisation, please contact the Chief Executive on 01273 262220.