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Training & Employability

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Our training provision provides both and entry point into and progression route within our services, with our programmes designed to deliver a responsive educational programme of wellbeing and mental health recovery focussed workshops and courses. 

We work in partnership with local learning providers, including Blackpool Adult Learning, Lancashire Adult Learning and Accrington and Rossendale College, and these relationships enable us to expand our learning offer and provide community learning activity in our accessible community settings.

Our Employment Support Service remains focussed upon supporting those furthest from work, group activity is led by trained volunteers and our Achieve programme provides intensive one to one employability support for women who have had contact with the criminal justice service.

Current Projects:

MindFit - Training to Support Emotional Wellbeing

Our MindFit programme of therapeutic courses include the Programme, centred around our recommended route a carefully designed progression package which leads individuals to improved wellbeing. 

MindFit has been developed to provide a voyage of self discovery, with learners progressing carefully through a series of 5 week long courses.  

Courses in the programme include:

The Planner - the first steps to feeling  happier, welcome and at ease in a small group. 

The Journey - leads to feeling stronger, more confident and assertive. 

The Prize -  which adds the final touches and polishes new skills to achieve lasting positive changes.

In addition we are able to offer further Mind Fit courses of varied lengths and which are designed to offer additional targeted support where needed, including therapeutic art courses and mindfulness.

If you're unsure which course is for you we have a Pre Course Questionnaire that can be accessed here

Read Moya's Blog or email Moya O'Hagan (Training Co - Ordinator) 

Personal Development Training

As well as our MindFit programme we offer an ever changing local programme of training, covering a range of life and personal development skills. 

To see what we have on offer at your local centre, check here for details of current programmes.

Achieve - Employability Support

Our award winning programme, Achieve, supports the development of skills for employment and motivational learning activity through provision of community based intensive support for women in the Criminal Justice System.

This programme is part funded by the European Social Fund.

Weekly Work Clubs

We run weekly volunteer led job search and application support groups 'Work Clubs' at each of our centres.  If you need help finding a job, or simplly access to the internet to look for work then drop into one of our friendly clubs for support with  issues such as accessing Universal Jobmatch, job searching and setting up and using email.

IT Resources

We have IT suites available in each centre enabling free access to the internet.  At certain time we also have volunteer support for guidance and extra help - including access to online training  - for those requiring extra assistance in using the equipment or searching the internet.

Building Better Opportunities (Digital Inclusion)

We are delighted to be part of two Lancashire wide programmes offering employment support to individuals in the local area and which are being delivered by a partnership of 61 organisations, led by the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network (Selnet).  The schemes are part of a programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund called Building Better Opportunities

As part of these programmes we are providing specialist support around Digital Inclusion, supporting people to improve their basic computer skills, learn how to make use of online and electronic resources to support job search, application and to improve their employability.

Building Better Opportunities -  Age of Opportunity is aimed at those over 50 who are facing significant barriers to employment, and which might include caring responsibilities, low skills or mental ill health.  Building Better Opportunities  - Invest in Youth provides similar support but targets those between 18 -24.  Building Better Opportunities - Changing Futures is our employability programme this will be intensive employability support for participants most disadvantaged, it will look to support people who are most at risk of exclusion from the labour market to identify, reduce and remove their barriers to employment. The project will be delivered across Lancashire with a focus on areas where there are high levels of poverty, targeting Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, women, people with physical and/or mental health issues and learning difficulties.

Whilst we are providing support around Digital Inclusion, there are a whole host of other partners engaged in the programme who can provide support around a range of barriers to employment including caring responsibilities, benefits and welfare advice, self employment and motivation. 

To find out more about the programme, and to see if you are eligible for support contact Emily Carswell, BBO Project Coordinator. 

Training for Your Organisation

Our skilled training team are happy to work with you to develop bespoke training provision for your organisation.  Whether you are a local employer wishing to support the wellbeing of your staff, or an organisation who wants to support your service users through our training provision, we would are able to work with you to deliver a package of courses to meet your needs.

For more information click here.

How Can I Access Support?

Referral Details:

To access MindFit, Personal Development Training, Work Clubs or IT support simply contact your nearest centre.

To find out more about our Achieve Programme contact - Mandy Taylor (Advice & Guidance Project Manager)