From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Alex Parkin

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Alex has 4 years’ experience working previously in nurseries and schools within Lincoln, having developed a passion for working with children with Special Educational Needs, Alex knew this is where she wanted to work. Alex has worked in children’s and adult’s residential settings for two years, providing daily support to them in a home from home setting.

Alex recently returned to education and completed her BSc Hons Degree in Health and Social care at Lincoln University, during her time at Lincoln University Alex started volunteering for local organisations within the care sector. Where she met Naomi Watkins, Alex worked alongside Naomi for over a year teaching Domestic Abuse workshops to young people and teachers. As well as providing nurture groups for young children within schools.

Alex found her passion working with children and young people, whilst supporting them with various topics. Alex began by providing one to one support work with young people, since then Alex has developed a passion to run support groups for young people in Domestic Abuse relationships and for Young Parents.

Since graduating in May 2017, Alex became the Co-founder of NWCH CIC alongside Naomi, a new and unique counselling hub in Lincoln, set up to support and help people within the local community following Alex’s passion.

Alex is also a mum to young children and loves spending time with them visiting new places. Alex can be found reading books and taking long mindful walks with her dog in the local park.

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From Harm to Hope Conference

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership
Service user representation
Effective practice
Driving change
Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide.

If you’ve supported someone that self harms, we need your help.

Can you tell us your story of supporting someone that self harms?

Whether you’re a friend, a parent, a partner or the child of someone that self harms, the impact that self harm can have on us is challenging?

We’re keen to raise awareness of self harm not just for our clients but for the needs of those around them and we’d like you to help us to do that.

Could you write a testimony that we can use to influence thinking?

There are some themes you might like to cover-

  • How self harm has affected you and your loved one?
  • How being a carer affects you (your own worries and fears, health)?
  • What the NHS has been like?
  • Where you have been for help?
  • How quickly (or not) you’ve revived it?
  • What’s helped?
  • What’s not helped?
  • What you needed, did get and didn’t get?
  • What GP’s have been like?
  • What help you’d like for you or your family or would like for other families?
  • What kind of time frame for help you think is required and by whom?
  • Have you faced problems or discrimination?

And anything else you’d like to say directly to commissioners of services. All the things they need to know!

If you would like to share your story, please contact us at info@harmless.org.uk.

‘Support after Suicide: A guide to providing local services’

Hi all,

We are pleased to let you know that ‘Support after Suicide: A guide to providing local services’ is now available on the Public Health England website www.gov.uk/government/collections/suicide-prevention-resources-and-guidance. Guidance on ‘Developing and delivering local suicide postvention support’ and ‘Evaluating local suicide postvention support’ is also available on the NSPA website www.nspa.org.uk/supportaftersuicide.

http://healthierlives.phe.org.uk/topic/suicide-prevention

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-after-a-suicide-a-guide-to-providing-local-services

http://www.nspa.org.uk/home/our-work/joint-work/support-after-a-suicide-providing-local-services/

We are delighted have been involved in many of these projects with our CEO, Caroline Harroe sitting on the Public Health England Suicide Bereavement Topic Expert Reference Group and an elected member of the NSPA and Adrienne Grove, our clinical support services manager representing on TASC.

Collectively, The Tomorrow Project and it’s innovative work has started to have national impact and drive strategic change.

We hope that you find the documents useful and remember that we are here to support as much as we can with all issues related to self harm, suicide prevention and suicide bereavement.

If you’d like to find out more about our work, or speak to one of the team then please give us a ring on 01159348445.

New Year, New You?

Have you thought about setting yourself a personal target this coming year, or that you’d like to get fit, or do good for others?

There are a million and one ways that you could help our service in 2017 and we’d be greatfeul of you doing any one of them but one of those ways would be to undertake a fundraiser for us.

We’re currently looking for volunteers to independently register for the local, Robin Hood marathon, half marathon or additional races. 

Registration is now open, and we have a Facebook group where runners can share encouraging stories and moral support.

You can also establish a fundraising page, like this one here:

https://localgiving.org/fundraising/mum2marathon/

That means you can set personal target and take donations directly to our service. 

We could not do this without you. We are grateful of every penny we receive and we spend that money directly on providing free support to people in distress and their families. 

Help us to save lives.

Register here:

https://www.sweatshopevents.co.uk/irhm17/entry_mini17.asp

Harmless Drop In Today

Harmless will be hosting a

Young Person Drop in Session

Wednesday 11th January.

at

4 – 5 pm

If you are aged between 11 – 21 years, and would like support for yourself, a friend or family member then feel free to come along.

Our sessions are friendly and welcoming. We create a relaxed atmosphere with approachable staff who provide important information explaining how our service can support you, your friends and family or a colleague.

Drop in sessions are held at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre on Mansfield Road (opposite House of Fraser).

If you have trouble finding us please call on 0115 8348445 or email us at info@harmless.org.uk

Would you like to work for Harmless and the Let’s Talk Training team?

We are currently recruiting for a number of positions within the organisation to join our Let’s Talk Training team on a sessional basis. These include:

Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Trainer (Sessional)

ASIST / MHFA Trainer (Bank Staff)

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email info@harmless.org.uk or call 01159 348445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

JOB TITLE: Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Trainer
Hours: Sessional basis
Pay:

  • £150 – £200 per Full Day (Specialist Harmless Training)  
  • £100 – £150 per Half Day (Specialist Harmless Training) 
  • ASIST/MHFA qualified Trainers – Negotiable (Depending on experience)    

IMPORTANT:  FULL DRIVERS LICENSE AND OWN CAR ESSENTIAL FOR THE ROLE

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver high quality and professional training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • Delivery of a range of training packages including (but not limited to) PSHE workshops, specialist workshops and two day, full day and half day specialist sessions on the themes of Mental Health, Self Harm & Suicide.
  • A willingness to offer personal experience during training delivery  by sharing own experiences of distress (and/or self harm) and recovery (in line with Harmless’ service user led ethos)
  • Represent Harmless in a professional manner at all times
  • Deliver training against agreed learning outcomes
  • Develop and maintain training content in line with changes in the field and to the highest standard upon negotiation with the Harmless Management Team
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with delegates and/or organisations with a view to secure future training opportunities
  • Be an integral part of the booking process with support from the administration team
  • To ensure all data collection tools are used to monitor and improve upon training delivery
  • Ensure training materials are appropriate for delegates requirements
  • Report to Harmless management regularly about the progress of training and address any issues that may arise, recording relevant statistics where required.
  • Promote the work of Harmless in a positive manner and recommend resources and alternative training opportunities where possible.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with delegates and/or organisations before, during and after training delivery
  • To work with Harmless management in continuously improving Harmless’ training packages including (but not limited to) current content, delivery methods, course materials and handouts, booking process.
  • To work with Harmless management in designing and delivering new training packages in order to meet current demands in training, compete with other organisations and increase revenue.
  • To be aware of safeguarding issues that may arise and follow Harmless protocol in managing this.

JOB TITLE: ASIST Trainer / MHFA Trainer
Hours: Bank Staff
Pay: Negotiable (Depending on experience)    

IMPORTANT:  FULL DRIVERS LICENSE AND OWN CAR ESSENTIAL FOR THE ROLE

This role will be ideal for those who have recently qualified to become ASIST and MHFA instructors.

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver ASIST and/or MHFA training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • A willingness to offer personal experience during training delivery  by sharing own experiences of distress (and/or self harm) and recovery (in line with Harmless’ service user led ethos)
  • A willingness to travel (nationwide) with occasional overnight stay as required.
  • Represent Harmless in a professional manner at all times
  • Deliver training against agreed learning outcomes
  • Develop and maintain training content in line with changes in the field and to the highest standard upon negotiation with the Harmless Management Team
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with delegates and/or organisations with a view to secure future training opportunities
  • Be an integral part of the booking process with support from the administration team
  • To ensure all data collection tools are used to monitor and improve upon training delivery
  • Ensure training materials are appropriate for delegates requirements
  • Report to Harmless management regularly about the progress of training and address any issues that may arise, recording relevant statistics where required.
  • Promote the work of Harmless in a positive manner and recommend resources and alternative training opportunities where possible.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with delegates and/or organisations before, during and after training delivery
  • To work with Harmless management in continuously improving Harmless’ training packages including (but not limited to) current content, delivery methods, course materials and handouts, booking process.
  • To work with Harmless management in designing and delivering new training packages in order to meet current demands in training, compete with other organisations and increase revenue.
  • To be aware of safeguarding issues that may arise and follow Harmless protocol in managing this.

 

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email info@harmless.org.uk or call 01159 348445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

From Harm to Hope – National Self Harm Conference – 1st March 2017

1st March 2017Nottingham Conference Centre

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Self harm conference 

£150 per delegate place

or

2 places for £200

 

Our 2nd Annual National Conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implication for practice. 

Themes for the day

– Driving change

– Collaborative partnership

– Service user representation

– Effective practice

– Overcoming stigma & discrimination

 

Speakers Include:

– Professor Rory O’Connor

– Professor Ellen Townsend

– Caroline Harroe

– Dr Ann John

– Plus many more

COME ONE, COME ALL 

Further enquiries or to book, please contact:
Phone: 0115 934 8445
Email: admin@harmless.org.uk

Could you join our business community champions?

Every year we run a number of events and to make those event happen in a way that reaches everyone that it needs to, we engage with as many corporate sponsors as we are able.

Our community champions help us to widen our offer of help to more people that need it. 

Could you be a community champion? 

Are you a company looking for further CSR opportunities? 

Could you donate £1-300 (or more, obviously!!) to help people in distress and their families come along to our help promoting events?

Your money would help us host events that reach people; in return you would receive sponsorship acknowledgment in local press and convene and an update about the social impact you’ve contributed to.

Please share, and thank you and if you want to get involved, please contact admin@harmless.org.uk

Looking for Community Champions

Could you join our business community champions? 
Every year we run a number of events and to make those event happen in a way that reaches everyone that it needs to, we engage with as many corporate sponsors as we are able.
Our community champions help us to widen our offer of help to more people that need it. 
Could you be a community champion? 
Are you a company looking for further CSR opportunities? 
Could you donate £1-300 (or more, obviously!!) to help people in distress and their families come along to our help promoting events.
Your money would help us host events that reach people; in return you would receive sponsorship acknowledgment in local press and convene and an update about the social impact you’ve contributed to. 
Please share, and thank you and if you want to get involved, please contact admin@harmless.org.uk

Join our wonderful supporters and make a regular donation that can save lives!

We hope to gather ten new regular donors to become our life saving supporters. Can you help?

 

If ten people give £5 a month we can reach 24 more people in crisis.

24 more lives saved.

24 families who still have their loved ones.

Could you spare £5 a month?

Help us reach our target of ten new supporters. You can sign up here:

https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless/monthly

 

‘When I needed help, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I called a helpline but they just listened. I had totally given up on my life and wanted to die. When I found the help I needed through these guys I can honestly say that they saved my life when I saw no other way out’