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

The training that is available to you is:

John Muir Award in Conservation
It is an environmental awards scheme focused on wild places. It is a way to connect with nature and appreciate nature, greenspace and wild landscapes. It will help promote personal development through outdoor experience and to encourage awareness, understanding and responsibility for wild spaces.

LIFE Programme
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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