Working as part of the Let’s Talk Training Team for Harmless

You may have seen recently that we’re recruiting here at Harmless, for Sessional Trainers. As the Training Co-ordinator for Harmless, I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you what it is like to be a part of this growing team.

Firstly, no working week is ever the same as the previous. Each week brings something new and exciting, new challenges and new achievements.

The Training Team get to travel all around the country, delivering bespoke or standardised training packages, attending conferences and events, going to meetings and so on. We mean it when we say all round the country. One day we could be in Dover, the next in Newcastle, another day we could be in Somerset and another Manchester. My favourite place to go has to be London.

The best bit about the travelling to all these exciting and beautiful places, is we get to meet and support so many people. To build or enhance skills, and also instil confidence in them in their professional and personal lives, by providing training around some very sensitive issues. We also get to meet many professionals in the field as well.

On a day to day basis, we spend our time supporting organisations and services with their training needs. We review all our content to ensure it is up to date with new and emerging research, check that it is in line with current standards and guidelines and importantly, that it has service user led strategies to support distress. We get to design new resources and activities, make films to use within training, project manage training contracts. The list goes on.

As well as going nationally, we also plan and run a range of training packages in house, that includes our own bespoke CPD accredited self harm training, mental health and suicide awareness and prevention training, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and MHFA (Mental Health First Aid). We also run a lot of PSHE sessions within schools, looking at emotional wellbeing and resilience for young people, as well as providing workshops for staff and parents.

Finally, I get to work with the rest of the team to organise fundraising events (don’t forget to join us on 7th October 2016 for this year’s event), we organise our annual conference – ‘From Harm to Hope’ (1st March 2017 – make sure you join us for that too!). I get to attend radio interviews, speak at events to lots of people at a time, we attend award ceremonies! I’ve even been on the TV with the rest of the team too!

So, all in all, it’s a team that keeps you busy! But it’s also an exciting and rewarding team to be a part of.

If you would like any information on the training we provide, our event or conference, please contact us on info@harmless.org.uk

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