Volunteer - Training

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Find training opportunities to help you be effective in youth and children’s ministry. 

SU Holidays activity training

We offer volunteers training for leading sessions in Archery and Trail Cycling, as well as a one-day first aid course, Food Hygiene Course and catering training days.

For further information or to book for any of the training days, please email volunteers@suscotland.org.uk or call 0141 352 7609. All training days (apart from food hygiene courses) are held at Lendrick Muir.

The aim of each training day is to give attendees the skills they need to lead safe and enjoyable sessions, as well as to perform quick and basic maintenance normally required during an event. Those intending to lead Trail Cycling will also need to hold a current First Aid qualification which needs to be outdoor specific.

To be approved to lead either Archery or Trail Cycling, you need to attend a Day 1 and a Day 2.

Trail Bike training

23rd & 24th June - Day 1 & Day 2 respectively
26th & 27th June - Day 1 & Day 2 respectively, Alltnacriche

Archery training

23rd & 24th June - Day 1 & Day 2 respectively 
26th & 27th June - Day 1 & Day 2 respectively, Alltnacriche

First Aid training

30th May
22nd June

Renewing your training

Archery training needs to be renewed every 3 years and this can only be done by attending a Day 2 or by arranging to run some sessions at Lendrick Muir under observation. Trail Cycling training needs to be renewed every two years either by attending the update course/furthering skills day or a Day 2.  

Information for Team Leaders

Trail Cycling and Archery must only be led by people who have been trained to do so. Training from other organisations may be sufficient, please contact us to discuss. If your event offers these activities, please ensure that at least one person from your team has completed training. If you anticipate that this will not be possible, please contact us as soon as possible.

Urban training

We want to encourage and support local churches in their communities. John Nonhebel, our Urban Ministries Leader, is available to help you deliver training to equip your teams in urban children's and youth work. Please contact him for more information at urban@suscotland.org.uk.

Missions training: LaunchPad

LaunchPad is our annual event equipping church-based mission and holiday club teams from around the country with loads of ideas, resources, thinking, good practice and enthusiasm as they prepare to reach out to their communities this summer. We would love to have you and your whole holiday club team with us!

There will be information about the new Holiday Club resource for 2015, Polar Explorers. However, the day will be relevant whichever resource you choose to use. Come and be inspired, discover new and practical ideas for your holiday club and network with others involved in mission with children and young people throughout Scotland.

We look forward to having you with us!

14 March - Edinburgh | 16 May - Glasgow | 23 May - Dumfries

All events are hosted by SU Scotland staff, and include worship and Bible engagement as well as seminars covering a variety of aspects of running your holiday club. Our seminars will be delivered by practitioners from around the country. There is a small charge of £10 per person, or £7 for students - book online now.

Our 2014 LaunchPad events saw over 350 people trained in delivering holiday clubs from over 90 churches. On average, delegates scored it 9 out of 10 for practical value in helping them prepare for their mission or holiday club!


COmMISSION is our exciting mission programme which gives you the opportunity to be part of a team taking the good news to children and young people in Scotland. Get training that will release your leadership potential, then go on placement with SU Scotland teams and live out the COmMISSION adventure. 

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