Upcoming Catch up Cafe dates to be held in East Leake

Harmless & The Tomorrow Project will be running multiple Catch up cafe’s in East Leake over the upcoming months.
 
The catch up cafes are for those who would like to access some informal, drop in support from our service and for those who would like information about our service.
 
So whether you’d like some information on how we can support you or someone you know – if you’d like to come in and chat with a member of the team or to catch up with others – we will see you at the Catch up Cafe!
 
Upcoming dates:
 
For those aged 21 and under:
 
  • Thursday 23rd January 2020 – 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Thursday 6th February 2020 – 3pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 26th March 2020 – 11am to 12pm
For those aged 18 and over:
 
  • Wednesday 29th January 2020 – 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday 21st February 2020 – 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Wednesday 11th March 2020 – 2:30pm to 3:30pm
These catch up cafes will be held in our East Leake office at: The Tomorrow Project, Unit 1, Lighting House, 3-5 Station Road, East Leake, Nottinghamshire, LE12 6LQ.

Meet Helen, our new Suicide Bereavement Support Officer

Hello,

My name is Helen, I have recently joined the great team at Harmless as a suicide bereavement support officer for the Tomorrow Project. I am currently training to be a counsellor and I hope this will help me in my supporting role. Most of my previous experience has been people facing and connecting with people is something that I find is rich and rewarding. My background is varied from sales to health and fitness, so well-being is something that is of particular interest to me. This experience has given me an understanding of the importance of self- care, both physical and mental.

I am looking forward to supporting people through the tomorrow project.

Meet Rachel, our new Suicide Bereavement Support Officer

Hi. I’m Rachel and have recently joined the Tomorrow Project team as a Suicide Bereavement Support Officer. My role will be to work with clients bereaved by suicide in Leicestershire, offering practical and emotional support. The heart of our service is the ethos that with the right support and help life can get better. I expect the role to be challenging at times, emotive but rewarding.

Prior to joining the Tomorrow Project I worked in bereavement support with a national charity and also as a volunteer counsellor with a Leicester cancer charity. I have also just completed my counselling training with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I see the Tomorrow Project as offering a vital support service for those bereaved by suicide who historically across Leicestershire may have had to wait for weeks or even months to access support. Expressing feelings and thoughts to those close to you or a support organisation is something that has been shown to help. Although all bereavements are different, as someone who has been bereaved by suicide I personally also have some experience of what clients are going through.

I look forward to helping to drive the support service forward in Leicestershire and ensuring that we are able to help as many clients as possible.

Meet Sofia, our new Suicide Bereavement Support Officer

Hi, my name is Sofia and I have recently joined the team as a suicide bereavement support officer, offering emotional and practical support to those bereaved by suicide. Even though I only joined the team not too long ago I have already learned so much through those that already work for harmless. Working here I can see that there is a variety of wonderful people, in different roles but who share the same passion and values for helping others and that harmless is a judgement free zone.

I have a background working as a support worker and volunteering with women’s aid, this has resulted in me working with many different people from all walks of life. My background has also shown me that I love working with people and know the importance of taking care of our mental health and of one another. In fact I wish I myself had known of these services when I lost a friend to suicide, but now I am aware and work for such a great organisation I want to spread the word and help those who need it.

One of my initial worries when first starting was that I was not good enough for this role when surrounded by so many impressive people. But then I remembered that one of my strongest beliefs is that you should love yourself and accept yourself flaws and all. I also realised that clearly others believe in me so why don’t we believe in ourselves. Something that I think many of us struggle with. Instead of comparing myself to others I should be learning from them and growing as a person, which is why I know here is a place I can really grow and flourish as a person.

Harmless’ celebration event a great success!

All of us here at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us, and who came along to our celebration event. The evening was a huge success and one we will remember. We were able to raise over £2000 for our support services! It was a truly amazing evening from the outset and throughout and we all went away feeling incredibly humbled by the reactions and positivity of those in attendance.

We were supported by so many individuals and businesses and we can’t express our gratitude for that support enough.

On the night we showed our new film called ‘This Time’, you can see this below:

On the night we heard from Faye & Robert who are a mother and son who shared their stories and experiences with Harmless and the Tomorrow Project. We would like to extend a huge thank you to them both for agreeing to do so and for showing incredible bravery in standing up and sharing their journey.

We would like to thank Thomas Griffiths, our wonderful photographer who has supported us at many events over the past 3 years. Being able to look back on those moments you captured means a great deal to us.

Thank you to Joey Collins. You really made the evening incredibly special with your fantastic live music sets and DJ set. We are all really grateful for your help and support in stepping in at late notice.

Thank you for Wes at Ruddington Grange for all the support in the lead up to the event!! You and your team were amazing and really looked after us!!!

And to all of the businesses (big and small!) who supported us with raffle and auction prizes, we would like to extend a big thank you. Your support really does make a difference and means that through the raffle and auction, we are able to raise vital funds to keep our services running to continue to save lives. These also include Pij Inc, who supplied beautifully made framed pictures that were displayed on the tables with messages of hope. Also to Ruby Lou who baked some delicious cookies for each of our guests on the night.

All of your support means that the 3,500 individuals we have provided with face to face support so far can keep growing for years and years to come, and ultimately be able to save more lives.

Next year, our celebration event will take place on Saturday 26th September 2020, so please save the date!

It was a magical evening and one we won’t forget. Thank you.

The Harmless team

FREE Mental Health & Suicide Prevention / Intervention training in Nottinghamshire!

Nottinghamshire County Council have commissioned Harmless to deliver a range of Mental Health awareness and Suicide prevention accredited courses

Please note, you must be a resident or supporting people who reside in Nottinghamshire to qualify for a place on this training course.

To book onto a course, please click the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harmless-lets-talk-training-14795237737

To book onto a course, please click the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harmless-lets-talk-training-14795237737

Level 1 Mental Health and Suicide Awareness training

  • Half day course
  • Suitable for members of the community and volunteers
  • To increase awareness of people in communities and volunteers involved in community schemes about mental health and suicide prevention and to reduce stigma

Level 2 Mental Health and Suicide Awareness training

  • Half day course
  • Suitable for third sector frontline workers working with adults with low level mental health support needs (who are able to self-manage)
  • For up-skilling frontline workers e.g. community health champions to work alongside social prescribing/community support models with adults with low level mental health support needs who are able to self-manage

Level 3 Mental Health intervention training

  • Half day course
  • Suitable for third sector frontline workers working with adults known to be vulnerable to poor mental health (medium mental health needs/ may have more than one coexisting physical/mental health condition)
  • For up-skilling frontline workers who have contact with adults with medium mental health support needs who may have one or more additional co-existing condition e.g. a long term condition such as type 2 diabetes and require support from more than one agency

Level 4 Suicide intervention training

  • Full day course
  • Suitable for third sector frontline workers working with adults vulnerable to suicide risk
  • For skilling up workers to recognise the signs of suicidal risk, increase confidence in initiating a conversation and gain prevention and intervention skills to support individuals to seek appropriate help.

 

For more information feel free to speak to a member of Let’s Talk Training

  • Email: training@harmless.org.uk
  • Phone: 0115 880 0281

Would you like to work for Harmless as part of our Let’s Talk Training team?

Harmless are pleased to offer these exciting opportunities to join our passionate team and help us save lives. We are looking for dynamic individuals, who are willing to develop their skills; work outside the box and challenge themselves.

We are currently recruiting for the below positions to join the Let’s Talk Training team.

Positions available:

Specialist Trainer
Training Support Officer
ASIST Trainer (Bank Staff)
Youth MHFA Trainer (Bank Staff)

The deadline for applications for these positions is 31st July 2018 at 5pm. Please submit all applications to admin@harmless.org.uk with the job title as the subject.

Click here to download the application packs for each of these roles

Please note: Driving will be a necessary part of these roles (with the exception of the Training Support Officer role) and therefore applicants will need to hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a car to be able to undertake the position.

Please submit all applications and any questions regarding these positions to admin@harmless.org.uk by the above deadline. Any applications received after the deadline may not be considered.

JOB TITLE: Specialist Trainer

HOURS
Up to 37.5 hours per week
(Both part time and full time available)

SALARY:
Up to £22,128 per annum
(Negotiable, depending on experience)

JOB TITLE: Training Support Officer

HOURS:
Up to 37.5 hours per week
(Both part time and full time available)

SALARY:
Up to £16,968 per annum
(Negotiable, depending on experience)

JOB TITLE: ASIST Trainer (Sessional)

HOURS:
Sessional

REMUNERATION:
£150 per day

JOB TITLE: Youth MHFA Trainer (Sessional)

HOURS:
Sessional

REMUNERATION:
£150 per day

If you have any questions regarding either of the roles or the application process, please contact us by calling 0115 880 0280 or email admin@harmless.org.uk.

Self harm rates in UK detention centres and prisons

We know that self harm doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anyone, of any age, anywhere. There are frequently reports in the UK news about high rates of self harm in prisons, and we know that people are uniquely vulnerable when they are in contact with the criminal justice system.

In April 2018, The Independent reported that at least one person a day is self-harming in UK detention centres, and that 2017 saw the highest number of deaths in detainees on record, including six suicides. In addition, self harm incidents in prisons increased by 73% between 2012-16 and there were 120 suicides in prison in 2016 – this is the highest figure on record for any given year.

Cuts to funding and staff have left prisoners and detainees in a more vulnerable position than ever. We want to ensure that all professionals working with people who are at high risk of self harm and suicide are better equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to help provide support and promote recovery. Harmless’ Let’s Talk Training team provides courses on self harm awareness, suicide prevention, and mental health awareness. If you would like to find out more, please email us: training@harmless.org.uk

Our CEO Caroline Harroe awarded The High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire Award

Today Adrienne, our Clinical Operations Manager, received an award on Caroline’s behalf.  The award is from the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and is for her commitment to services for others.

Adrienne said “It is an absolute pleasure to represent our CEO Caroline Harroe today, collecting her award from The High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in recognition of great and valuable services to the community. Well done Caroline Harroe and the team for your compassion, dedication and contribution in enhancing the life of the community.”

Caroline says “I’m really proud to be given such recognition but everything I achieve, I achieve because I am supported by a phenomenal team that do life saving work.”

“The team at Harmless work tirelessly throughout the whole year and what we do is hard but really privileged work. We hear the painful stories of people’s struggle and their losses. We also get to hear the successes, the recoveries and hear of the comfort that we bring to people in pain.”

“We are a non profit organisation and rely on the support of the community to keep our life saving services afloat. We couldn’t do it without you.

Recently we have been supported by Zoe Ball and the Sport Relief Campaign Team.

As I’m sure you’re aware, Zoe lost her partner to suicide last May. As such she has decided to undertake a sport relief challenge to raise money for comic relief but also to raise awareness about the issues she and her partner, faced.

We were privileged enough to spend some time with Zoe over the course of the filming and get to know her story. Billy had long suffered from depression and died in May as a result of his struggle.

Zoe will spend the next five days cycling Blackpool to Brighton on her #HardestRoadHome cycle and will be on BBC breakfast each morning to raise awareness of the cycle and to get people talking about mental health.

There will also be a documentary on the evening of March the 21st that will feature our work with The Tomorrow Project and then again throughout the campaign evening of the 23rd of March.

Please show your support for the challenge, for all that Zoe stands for and is fighting for and facing herself, and please tune in to the documentary.

We’ve worked so hard to bring the suicide prevention and bereavement agenda to light in this piece of work and we hope that this is a good opportunity to galvanise the support and momentum needed to keep our wonderful services in the position they need to be – saving lives.

To support us: https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless

To sponsor Zoe directly: https://www.sportrelief.com/news-and-tv/zoes-hardest-road-home

From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Naomi Watkins

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One of the UK’s leading Domestic Abuse consultants, as featured by BBC and commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council, Bristol City Council and University of Lincoln.

Naomi has worked in the field of Emotional Wellbeing, Healthy Relationships and Domestic Abuse for 10 years. She is a CAADA trained IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) working with high risk cases, at risk of homicide. She has chaired MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences) and worked closely with the CPS (Crown Prosecution Services). She has been trained in Emotional Wellbeing by the NSPCC and ChildLine and worked with them for 8 years.

She has worked with young people from the ages of 0-25years and adults in varying capacities. She has been a nursery worker, deputy manager in a nursery, project worker, support worker, housing officer, drug and alcohol worker, counsellor, domestic abuse worker, ChildLine counsellor and supervisor. She has strong expertise in working with young people and adults, she has had specialist training in Emotional Wellbeing and Healthy Relationships from the NSPCC.

She is a qualified counsellor and has worked with those affected by domestic abuse, low emotional wellbeing, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem and confidence.

Having delivered various training to volunteers, staff members, professionals, children and young people, she has become a highly experienced trainer. She has written workshops for all levels and delivered to small and large groups alike.

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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.