Harmless recently won a bid to deliver Mental Health Awareness workshops to individuals in the community, frontline workers and managers that live or work in Nottingham City. These workshops are commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham CCG and are set alongside the five strategic priorities from the Nottingham City Adult Mental Health Strategy
Our first delivery of these workshops was completed on Tuesday when I delivered a Community Workshop to a number of delegates wanting to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence in order to respond effectively to individuals with mental health conditions and also, importantly, to work towards reducing stigma and discrimination.
I feel the workshop was a really positive start to the training we will be delivering over the upcoming months. The delegates fully engaged with the delivery and it was an extremely interactive session with lots of discussions, sharing of knowledge and lived or personal experience.
I always feel privileged when delegates share their own experiences as it demonstrates a safe learning environment has been created which is vital when talking about subjects that can be extremely emotive.
As we always find with 2 hour workshops, the delegates always want longer. This delivery was no exception. This really proves to me that delegates became engaged with delivery and were finding it valuable, beneficial and informative. The feedback that was received both verbally and written was extremely positive and showed a clear development in terms of gained understanding for participants. We measure progress in terms of knowledge before delivery and knowledge once the workshop has finished in order to ensure the content, workshop and delivery has been effective and advantageous for the each individual. It is also used to assess we are meeting the commissioners requirements and I feel pleased that there was an evident increase in knowledge once the workshop had completed.
Sexual Exploitation: Abuse not Choice.
Defining the Local Response.
In the wake of the sexual exploitation scandals uncovered in Rotherham and other areas, a number of voluntary sector organisations have begun a conversation. It’s a conversation that we’d really like you to join us in.
We feel this is an opportunity to build on the good work already happening in Nottingham and consider what more we can do to not only keep our children safe but to also ensure that all our services – to children, young people and adults –work in a trauma-informed way.
The meeting will be held on Friday 12th December at NCVS, from 9.30am – 1.15pm (including a networking lunch). The purpose of the meeting is to:
• Hear from our statutory partners about their work in this field and how we can support each other
• Understand the various local initiatives and projects that are already feeding into this work
• Consider next steps to strengthen our practice and partnership working locally.
To mark Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September 2014, Harmless and the Tomorrow Project will be holding 2 free suicide prevention workshops. This will be a chance for you to find out about the work Harmless and the Tomorrow Project do and will provide the opportunity to start discussions around suicide prevention.
The workshop will include:
Introduction and the role of self harm and suicide prevention workers
Group discussion around awareness and the work Harmless and the Tomorrow Project deliver
Services Harmless and the Tomorrow Project offer
The training shall be held at NCVS, Mansfield Road, Nottingham. NG1 3FB.
Morning session: 10:00am until 11:30am
Midday session:12:00pm until 1:30pm
For more information, and to book a place, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org