Training & Programmes

We have a range of training available for individuals in recovery from substance and alcohol addiction and/or mental ill health. Training can help us make positive connections, develop our skills and to give us focus.

The training and programmes that are available to you is:

John Muir Award in Conservation

What is it?

The scheme is designed to raise environmental awareness through being involved in outdoor projects. We aim to help people to Connect with nature and to enjoy the outdoors by caring for the space we work in By engaging in group activities we can Learn to be part of something bigger. The whole ethos is based on non-competitive, all inclusive involvement.

How does it work?

There are three levels, each of which is composed of four challenges.

Discover – Achieved over 25 hours of qualifying activity.
Explore – Achieved over 50 hours of qualifying activity.
Conserver – Achieved over 125 hours of qualifying activity.

Each of the levels has 4 challenges which are set by the group and the Leader and are built around an evolving project. The challenges are:- Discover a place. Learn about it. Explore. Find out what’s there and Take notice of it Conserve.

Activity is usually conservation based. Share. Tell people! Give a presentation of what we have.

Also, incorporated into the award activities are a number of practical exercises which encourage awareness and team building. An added bonus as they help build confidence and interpersonal skills which are of further benefit to our

How to get started.

Firstly, we recommend finding a site with an idea already there. We are running our current programme around the Busy Bee Recovery Project as it provides all of the elements mentioned above and suits people of all levels of interest.

Next is to visit the John Muir website at John Muir and there you can link to all the documents and support materials you will need. You can contact me for any guidance you
may want specific to our organisation and it’s involvement. If you are just getting used to leading groups this is a good way to get your experience as the participants do all the work.

It’s a good way also to get everybody involved.

LIFE Programme – wellbeing skills

LIFE supports service users to reintegrate back into their communities, enhance their self esteem and well being. The programme will allow individuals to develop their own wellbeing strategy and to make conscious and deliberate decisions to implement this.

The LIFE programme has been developed using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, recognising that people in recovery from mental health or addiction, can increase their wellbeing following the five principles:

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Give

Outcomes are evidenced throughout the duration of the course, allowing participants to reflect on what they’ve learnt so far in their journey and discuss how they are going to practically apply the knowledge and skills they have gained.

Volunteer Skills Training

The focus of volunteer skills training, is for the you to explore and identify your own interpersonal skills, and what effect these may have when communicating with others in your volunteer role. For example passive or active listening in order to empower service users.

You will have an understanding of how questions are used to gain information and to provide constructive feedback where necessary. You will gain an understanding of what personal and profession boundaries are and will explore challenging situations and disclosures where boundaries need to be considered.  You will also explore how values, beliefs and behaviours effect interaction with communication.

Furthermore, as a volunteer trainee, you will learn about safeguarding issues when working with vulnerable people. For example: when being told personal information, as well as how to record and store personal data about service users  safely and sensitively.

By the end of the course, you will have gained understanding of what makes a successful Futures in Mind volunteer, providing a source of support and reassurance for others.

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer and access other training click here to see what volunteering positions are available.

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