CAN Training Events

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CAN Training Events are funded by Cumbria Community Foundation


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We are delighted to announce new courses and events for 2017

 

 

Course Title: Childcare Support for Working Families

Trainer: Dan Norris, CPAG

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017

Times: 10am – 1.30pm (registration from 9.45am)

Venue: The George Hotel, Penrith

Places Available: 20

 

This half-day course is for people working in childcare and early years, who want to maximise incomes for working families and help them to avoid common benefit problems.

 

It concentrates on who can get help with the costs of childcare through the social security system, and how this interacts with other sources of support. No previous knowledge of benefits is required.

 

It will help you to:

• Identify who can still get childcare support through tax credits
• Understand how help with childcare is changing under universal credit
• Understand some of the pitfalls and how to avoid them

 

This course is aimed at those with no or limited knowledge of benefits.

 

Course level: Basic

For frontline workers who do not work specifically in welfare rights, but who want to know about the benefit issues relevant to their clients in order to give basic advice or refer on.

 

 

Course Title: Benefits for EEA Nationals

Trainer: Mary Shone, The Benefits Training Company

Date: Wednesday 29 November 2017

Time: 10:00am – 4.30pm (registration from 9.45am)

Venue: The George Hotel, Penrith

Places Available: 20


This one day course provides a complete understanding of when a European Economic Area national is entitled to welfare benefits and tax credits.

 

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Know who is and isn't covered by European Union law following the Brexit vote;
  • Understand the different residence tests for different benefits;
  • Know which groups have a right to reside;
  • Be able to advise on the Genuine Prospects of Work test
  • Understand residence rights for workers, self-employed people and people with retained worker status;
  • Understand who has rights as a family member or carer;
  • Know when someone has a permanent right of residency;
  • Understand the additional restrictions which affect Croatian nationals;
  • Be aware of recent developments in legislation and how European nationals are affected.
  • Have access to advice regarding any course-related question for 12 months after the course.

 

Methods of delivery

This is a practical course. It is delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, group work and exercises, case studies, group discussion and games.

 

Suitable for

Suitable for anyone working with non-British European nationals. Please note this course does not cover the EU Coordination rules. Participants should have a working knowledge of the benefits system. People who are completely new to the benefits system are advised to attend our Introduction to Welfare Benefits course beforehand.

 

 

Course Title: Income Maximisation for Families

Trainer: Will Hadwen, CPAG

Date: Tuesday 5 December 2017

Times: 10am – 1.30pm (registration from 9.45am)

Venue: Penrith Methodist Church

Places Available: 20

 

This half-day course looks at changes to benefits for people starting a family and families with young children, both in and out of work.

 

Maximising income in the early years is vital for children’s health, education and development. This course aims to give frontline workers a basic awareness to help you to identify problems and refer on where appropriate.

 

The course covers:

  • Financial help available from pregnancy to starting school, including healthy start vouchers, maternity grants, child benefit and tax credits
  • Help with childcare costs
  • A look at how support for children will change under universal credit
  • Other support available, including plans for the new Best Start Grant

 

The course is aimed at those with no or limited knowledge of benefits.

 

Course level: Basic

For frontline workers who do not work specifically in welfare rights, but who want to know about the benefit issues relevant to their clients in order to give basic advice or refer on.

 

 

Course Title: Introduction to Welfare Benefits

Trainer: The Benefits Training Company

Date: Wednesday 10 January 2018

Time: 10:00am – 4.30pm (registration from 9.45am)

Venue: Penrith Methodist Church

Places Available: 20


This one day course provides a complete introduction to the benefits and tax credits system.

 

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand how the benefits system is structured and the differences between contributory, non-contributory and means tested benefits;
  • Know who can claim each of the benefits which make up the system;
  • Have an awareness of the principles behind means testing and how the benefit authorities work out entitlement;
  • Know which benefits can be paid at the same time and those which cannot;
  • Be able to complete basic benefit checks to ensure people are claiming their likely entitlements;
  • Be able to advise people on how to make claims and how to challenge decisions;
  • Have an awareness of welfare reform and how the benefits system is likely to change;
  • Have access to advice regarding any benefits-related question for 12 months after the course.

 

Methods of delivery

This is a practical course. It is delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, group work and exercises, case studies, group discussion and games.

 

Suitable for

This course is important for those who are new to benefits or who need a refresher.

 

 

How do I book a place on CAN Training Courses ?

By downloading and completing this booking form and returning it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Places on our courses are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

How are places allocated?

Place will be allocated on a first come first served basis and a maximum of two places per organisation can be booked (unless otherwise stated).

What is the cost?

Places on our courses are FREE to network members. When completing the booking form please remember to state your training number (available from your Network Champion). A £50.00 charge will be made for non attendance or cancellation without 48 hours notice.

Whilst CAN training events will remain free for delegates to attend, we are a charity and it costs £1,200 per day for us to put on a course.  Donations towards attendance and refreshments will be welcome – our suggested donation amount is £20 to £25 but this is not mandatory. Any income will go back into the training budget to provide more courses.  Cheques made payable to Cumbria Advice Network. A donation box will be available on the day.

 

For further information on our training programme please contact your

Network Champion or email Maria Hewitt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

The Benefits Training Company website has free resources you can use to support your service users. Sample letters, troubleshooting, tips and flowcharts are listed in alphabetical order under general headings. There is also a monthly newsletter which is full of news stories and training tips.

Go to www.benefitstraining.co.uk to find out more.

 

The National Homelessness Advice Service aim to prevent homelessness and improve housing by giving free training, advice and support to those working at the front line.