About Attend Academy

Dream Big
We want to see development opportunities that are available in other sectors, available to staff and organisations in the voluntary and community sector.

Care Always
Our distinctive hallmark will be developing products tailored to the unique needs of the voluntary sector and meeting standards for external accreditation.

Be Brave
We will develop programmes for the difference they will make to people’s lives, not for their income potential.

Deliver More
Personally, and as a team, we will learn and keep on learning, to ensure we are always sharing the best and most helpful approaches to improve the lives of individuals and organisations.

Established by Attend just after the Millennium, the Attend Academy was created to support the core values of the organisation. The ambition was to support charities with high quality accredited training in areas that would help them strengthen their communities through volunteering. The initial programmes were to help volunteer management in small organisations, however, the relevance of these programmes to national charities and volunteering organisations was soon recognised.

Over the years, other key themes have been identified, which include fundraising, coaching and mental health. Alongside this, specific programmes to support charities reaching out to their communities and becoming more inclusive have been designed. Frequently, an ‘off the shelf’ training solution is not seen as the answer, and Attend Academy has worked with small and large volunteering organisations to create bespoke frameworks for courses as diverse as charity governance to impact assessment.

Regular courses have been run over many years for organisations such as Capacity Builders, and the Department of Health’s Health and Social Volunteering Fund. Accrediting bodies have included the CIPD, ILM, ICF, OCN and the CMI. Our delivery team includes a broad range of subject specialists, many of whom we have worked with for well over 10 years.

Today, whatever you are looking for, it’s worth having a conversation with us.

Contact us at academy@attend.org.uk