Charity training – TWN Online http://twnonline.org/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 03:06:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://twnonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-7-120x120.png Charity training – TWN Online http://twnonline.org/ 32 32 Glasgow-based cycling charity Bike for Good to open Cytech training center – Business https://twnonline.org/glasgow-based-cycling-charity-bike-for-good-to-open-cytech-training-center-business/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 00:32:12 +0000 https://twnonline.org/glasgow-based-cycling-charity-bike-for-good-to-open-cytech-training-center-business/ Glasgow-based cycling charity and social enterprise Bike for Good has announced its partnership with Cytech. Through this partnership, Bike for Good will provide Cytech’s training and accreditation program to current and aspiring bike technicians from Scotland and beyond. Gregory Kinsman-Chauvet, Founder and Head of Cycling Enthusiasts (CEO) of Bike for Good, said: “We are honored […]]]>

Glasgow-based cycling charity and social enterprise Bike for Good has announced its partnership with Cytech.

Through this partnership, Bike for Good will provide Cytech’s training and accreditation program to current and aspiring bike technicians from Scotland and beyond.

Gregory Kinsman-Chauvet, Founder and Head of Cycling Enthusiasts (CEO) of Bike for Good, said: “We are honored to bring internationally recognized Cytech training to Scotland. With the Scottish Government’s significant increases in funding for active travel, our partnership with Cytech and the ACT comes at a crucial time.

“We believe that teaching quality mechanical skills to communities helps us achieve our vision of a healthy and inclusive environment where all members of the community benefit as more people ride bicycles,”

Bike for Good is now one of only six premium Cytech training providers in the world. He joins training companies in Australia, South Africa, Canada and England.

Jonathan Harrison, on behalf of the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT), said: “Opening a dedicated training center in Scotland is a crucial step for Cytech in the UK and finding the right partner was essential. We believe our new partnership with Bike For Good is a perfect fit and look forward to working together to continue to grow Cytech in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

“We are extremely happy to be able to offer Cytech courses to the Scottish bike trade closer to home, which we know will be good news.

“Bike For Good joins a strong, high-quality training network providing partners delivering Cytech courses and raising the standards of bicycle mechanics around the world, offering the best way to gain qualifications in cycle mechanics within industry.”

Owned and managed by the ACT on behalf of the UK cycle industry, since its inception over 30 years ago over 21,000 Cytech technical training courses have been delivered to candidates. The courses cover the basics of cycle mechanics up to the management of the most advanced and high-tech components and parts.

Neil Logan, Training Academy Manager at Bike for Good, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the delivery partner for Cytech training in Scotland. We have built a broad base of excellent Accredited Bike Technician Training delivery experience. The quality and standard of our approach allow us today to deliver training at an internationally recognized level.

“Cytech is recognized as the industry standard and Bike for Good has been recognized as the only delivery partner in Scotland. Our roots are in helping people develop the skills needed to enter cycling and our ambition is for everyone to benefit from Cytech’s world-class training.

For more details, contact the Bike for Good Cytech training Scotland team on +44 141 248 5409 or email cytech.admin@bikeforgood.org.uk.

Read more: A stable base: focus on the Velotech distributor

Bike for Good is offering 30% off Theory one course when booked as part of a Technical one package.

– First Theory – £105 (was £150) can be completed online and at your own pace
– Technical – £450 for the 2 day practical course in Glasgow

More details here.

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Jobseeker training courses in Blyth to be extended with support from the Newcastle Building Society https://twnonline.org/jobseeker-training-courses-in-blyth-to-be-extended-with-support-from-the-newcastle-building-society/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 10:06:13 +0000 https://twnonline.org/jobseeker-training-courses-in-blyth-to-be-extended-with-support-from-the-newcastle-building-society/ Blyth Resource & Initiative Center (BRIC) offers a wide range of training and employability services with the aim of helping them acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the world of work. The charity, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, launched a new functional skills project last autumn after being accredited to deliver […]]]>

Blyth Resource & Initiative Center (BRIC) offers a wide range of training and employability services with the aim of helping them acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the world of work.

The charity, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, launched a new functional skills project last autumn after being accredited to deliver maths and English lessons.

The course, which lasts around four months and includes both online and in-person sessions, has so far been successfully completed by 14 people, with several more at different stages of their studies.

Sharron Fawcett, Center Director at BRIC, with (back left) Newcastle Building Society chief executive Andrew Haigh and Stephen Burt, director of the society’s Ashington branch.

And with more than 20 people on its waiting list, BRIC is now using a £2,250 grant from the Newcastle Building Society’s Community Fund to the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to expand its course provision, with the next ones ahead start in September.

Each part of the five-step course is passed by taking an exam, with students allowed to work at their own pace with the support of a tutor and able to decide when they are ready to take the exams.

Job interviews, paid jobs and volunteer roles have already been secured by many of the first students to complete the course.

Center manager Sharron Fawcett said: ‘Our aim is to upskill local people who have no qualifications, around a third of Blyth’s population, so that they have a better chance of attracting the a potential employer’s attention and get on their interview list. .

“With the first step of the interview process often simplified to an online assessment, candidates without formal qualifications are often not interviewed, even if they are a good match.

“Any funding is invaluable to a small charity like ours, but in this case we simply couldn’t run this course without the generous support of the Newcastle Building Society.”

Stephen Burt, manager of the Newcastle Building Society’s Station Road branch in Ashington, added: “It’s great for us to be able to support their inspiring work.

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Sydney Learning Platform Provider Evergreen Digital Has Acquired – Cloud – Learning & Development – Distribution https://twnonline.org/sydney-learning-platform-provider-evergreen-digital-has-acquired-cloud-learning-development-distribution/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 07:39:00 +0000 https://twnonline.org/sydney-learning-platform-provider-evergreen-digital-has-acquired-cloud-learning-development-distribution/ Distributor of learning management platforms and Sydney-based workplace consultancy Evergreen Digital have been acquired by platform provider, Danish company LMS365. Evergreen Digital is the LMS365 distributor in Australia and New Zealand and the fastest growing vendor partner in both countries. It also operates in Singapore. Clients of the Sydney company include Youi, Rail Projects Victoria, […]]]>

Distributor of learning management platforms and Sydney-based workplace consultancy Evergreen Digital have been acquired by platform provider, Danish company LMS365.

Evergreen Digital is the LMS365 distributor in Australia and New Zealand and the fastest growing vendor partner in both countries. It also operates in Singapore.

Clients of the Sydney company include Youi, Rail Projects Victoria, the charity Host International and Rural Financial Counseling Services New South Wales.

LMS365 claims to offer the only learning management platform integrated directly into Microsoft 365 and Teams. Its competitors include Absorb LMS Software, Adobe LMS, Blackboard Inc., Canvas LMS and Oracle, which provide solutions used in Australian schools and businesses.

The Danish company has grown fivefold in the United States since 2020 and doubled its revenue in the United States and doubled its revenue in German-speaking countries in Europe after acquiring operations in Germany last year.

“Learning management is a huge global market, expected to reach $150 billion by 2028,” said LMS365 CEO Rasmus Holst. “Attracting and retaining talent is more important than ever, and the challenges we all face – educating our users and making our employees better – are the same all over the world.

“Our ambition is to be a global LMS leader on a truly global platform like Microsoft Teams. We have seen substantial adoption and growth in the APAC market over the past year; we are seizing an opportunity and plan to move that market to an even bigger level,” Holst said.

The acquisition will allow Evergreen Digital to offer customers in the greater Asia-Pacific region “in the time zone” support from Australia and the Philippines, said LMS365 chief executive Paul Scott.

Henrik Jeberg, Chief Strategy Officer of LMS365, said: “In terms of technical support, we now have the ability to cover 24 time zones instead of 16. This is a fantastic starting point for our expansion into the rest of Asia-Pacific. This acquisition firmly establishes LMS365 as a global company.

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Thatto Heath Crusaders launch fundraiser after devastating ‘arson’ at training barn https://twnonline.org/thatto-heath-crusaders-launch-fundraiser-after-devastating-arson-at-training-barn/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 06:40:03 +0000 https://twnonline.org/thatto-heath-crusaders-launch-fundraiser-after-devastating-arson-at-training-barn/ Thatto Heath Crusaders are hosting a fundraiser for the festival next weekend after their practice barn was ripped apart in a devastating ‘arson attack’. For the second time in just over two years, the rugby club’s indoor training facility was the target of suspected arson on Friday August 26. Fire crews spent over 90 minutes […]]]>

Thatto Heath Crusaders are hosting a fundraiser for the festival next weekend after their practice barn was ripped apart in a devastating ‘arson attack’.

For the second time in just over two years, the rugby club’s indoor training facility was the target of suspected arson on Friday August 26.

Fire crews spent over 90 minutes battling the blaze but the facility suffered ‘extensive damage’ which would cost over £80,000 to repair.

In addition to the cost of rebuilding the facility, the incident has caused a huge loss of revenue as the Crusaders cannot rent it to other clubs or sports organisations.

The damage is thought to cost more than £80,000 to repair

In a bid to bounce back and raise vital funds for the club, the Crusaders will hold a fundraiser at their Close Street premises on Saturday October 1.

Run entirely by volunteers, the day-long event will feature a rugby festival for different age groups, including Thatto Heath Women and a ‘Legends’ match featuring former Saints and Super League players.

There will also be entertainment throughout the day, including live music, a Northern Games fitness competition, children’s activities, and raffles and games.

After the shock of the training ground fire last month, Carrie Denning and Dawn Moorcroft, the club’s welfare and events managers, have been tasked with organizing the festival to help rebuild the club.

St Helens Star: Firefighters spent around 90 minutes battling the blazeFirefighters spent around 90 minutes battling the blaze

Carrie said: “The festival is all about raising money after the barn fire and the revenue we’ve lost since then.

“It’s the second time this has happened and the second time we’ve lost a lot of money because of it, so we want to come together, rebuild and try to better protect ourselves and prevent it from happening again.

“The fire has been devastating as it affects not just our club but the whole community – we praise it to many other sports clubs and other community organisations, including the St Helens Learning Disabilities Rugby League team.

“Everyone is really saddened that it’s happening again, but the festival will show that we won’t be beaten, because winners can’t be beaten.”

St Helens Star: Festival fundraiser will take place on Saturday 1 OctoberThe festival fundraiser will take place on Saturday, October 1

To help raise funds to rebuild the club, an online fundraiser has also been set up which you can donate to here.

Fundraising for the festival will take place at the facilities in Thatto Heath’s Close Street from 10am on Saturday 1 October.

There will also be future events to raise funds for the club in the coming weeks, including charity bike rides for different age groups.

Merseyside Police are still investigating the alleged arson.

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GLAAD Media Institute wraps up LGBTQ advocacy training tour in Australia https://twnonline.org/glaad-media-institute-wraps-up-lgbtq-advocacy-training-tour-in-australia/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 19:51:12 +0000 https://twnonline.org/glaad-media-institute-wraps-up-lgbtq-advocacy-training-tour-in-australia/ The GLAAD Media Institute recently wrapped up their 2022 training tour of Australia! The Equality Project, a national charity dedicated to affirming and supporting LGBTQ Australians, worked with GLAAD’s Media Institute Vice President Ross Murray to lead a tour through the cities of Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne , Brisbane and Wangaratta. The offerings included a multi-day […]]]>

The GLAAD Media Institute recently wrapped up their 2022 training tour of Australia! The Equality Project, a national charity dedicated to affirming and supporting LGBTQ Australians, worked with GLAAD’s Media Institute Vice President Ross Murray to lead a tour through the cities of Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne , Brisbane and Wangaratta. The offerings included a multi-day masterclass for Australians wanting to learn more about LGBTQ advocacy, as well as support for employee leaders seeking to make their organizations more LGBTQ-friendly and inclusive. This advocacy masterclass collaboration has been reintroduced after a three-year suspension due to the pandemic.

This training tour is the fifth and longest tour that GLAAD has completed alongside The Equality Project in Australia. The Advocacy Masterclass teaches participants how to become media advocates for the LGBTQ community. It starts with participants learning to share their own stories, while learning how to reach their target audience with stories and messages that resonate with and engage the media on issues affecting the LGBTQ community today. Suicide prevention, health care, older adults and transgender representation were key topics addressed by training participants, among several others. It is important to talk about these topics because inauthentic representation and lack of access to health care can lead to detrimental outcomes for the LGBTQ community.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health and well-being have become even more important for queer and transgender people, who tend to experience more psychological distress. This year, as in previous years, the masterclass allowed participants to delve into truly relevant topics and come away with a better understanding of the subject.

Ross Murray also met the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), a school dedicated to educating and nurturing the creative talents of students in the screen arts and broadcast industries. Murray spoke with faculty to teach students about the impact of LGBTQ inclusivity in media representation, in the workplace, and in the classroom. Over the years, he has also introduced students to LGBTQ representation in media and the work of GLAAD, including giving a high-level introduction to GLAAD’s film and television entertainment reporting.

Ross Murray also supported the work as part of an equality project training called “Building a Rainbow Positive Organization”. This is a tailored program for individuals or staff wishing to gain a better understanding of LGBTQ health and inclusive practices. Attendees learn about minority stress, visibility, and cultural safety, as well as the latest research on the health and well-being of LGBTQ communities. One of the goals of this training is to help organizations learn how to become Rainbow Tick Accredited, an accreditation process proving that their organization officially welcomes and supports LGBTQ employees.

Since partnering with GLAAD Media Institute, The Equality Project has trained more than three thousand people, from dedicated activists to everyday people who want to create positive change in their world. Learn more and enroll in one of their upcoming courses in the USA! https://www.glaad.org/institute

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Free Suicide Alert Training Offered to Sunshine Coast Community https://twnonline.org/free-suicide-alert-training-offered-to-sunshine-coast-community/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 19:31:26 +0000 https://twnonline.org/free-suicide-alert-training-offered-to-sunshine-coast-community/ “The most difficult and sensitive questions can sometimes save a life.” This is one of the key messages participants will learn from the free courses offered by the Suicide Prevention Alliance – Sunshine Coast. Course participants learn the skills to identify the often subtle signs that someone may be having suicidal thoughts, how to gain […]]]>

“The most difficult and sensitive questions can sometimes save a life.”

This is one of the key messages participants will learn from the free courses offered by the Suicide Prevention Alliance – Sunshine Coast.

Course participants learn the skills to identify the often subtle signs that someone may be having suicidal thoughts, how to gain the confidence to ask them what’s going on, and effective ways to help them ask for help. assistance.

Joe Surace, a graduate of the suicide alertness course, said the training was worth it for him.

The most important thing he learned was to “ask people directly if they are thinking about suicidal type thoughts, if you have any concerns about them”.

Mr. Surace decided to take the course a few years ago because he had had an “extremely horrific” experience dealing with cancer: the treatment, the rehabilitation and the side effects that followed.

These days, the Buddina resident is a big advocate for cancer survivorship and even works part-time at a cancer charity.

In the role, Mr Surace said he met many people who were fighting hard with cancer and who sometimes thought about giving up on life.

“I thought taking the course would help me better understand and help people who might be having suicidal thoughts, and if so, intervene before they do,” he said.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ annual report on causes of death for 2020 reveals 32 intentional self-harm (suicide) deaths on the Sunshine Coast that year.

But Louise Pemble, engagement manager for the Thompson Institute of the Sunshine Coast, said the number of suicides in the area fluctuates each year.

“It was generally considered that the official figures underestimated the true rate, as not all deaths can be officially proven to be intentional,” Ms Pemble said.

She said feedback on the course showed many participants were reluctant to ask someone if they were thinking about suicide until they learned the skills to identify the signs and educate themselves in a way that made them feel comfortable. be authentic.

The training includes the practice of asking another participant’s question.

“It’s a huge barrier for many, but once done, participants report that they’re more likely to use it in the future,” she said.

Ms Pemble shared a case where a participant, the day after the training, was asked by his neighbor to talk to his 12-year-old son, who was suicidal.

“She was able to do it and referred him for help, which shows the potentially life-saving benefits of training,” Ms Pemble said.

Participants in the suicide prevention workshop are encouraged to share messages of hope through stickers placed on the wall of the Thompson Institute training location.

Ms Pemble revealed that some of the subtle signs of someone contemplating suicide usually included changes in behavior, appearance or mood.

“If they’re generally up high and appearing low down, or generally serious and appearing too animated, those are signs that something is wrong,” she said.

“Giving away property, including pets, is another sign to check for suicidality. Life changes such as relationship breakdown, financial stress and legal issues can also cause distress.

The Alliance has trained nearly 2,000 people in suicide prevention workshops, offering safeTALK, ASIST and Start courses, monthly online or face-to-face.

safeTALK is a free half-day training on how to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and refer them for help each month.

ASIST is a two-day suicide safety planning training for $80, while Start is a free 90-minute online suicide awareness training.

Although we can all be trained to spot the signs, Ms Pemble said some people are extremely good at masking pain.

“If you’ve lost someone to suicide, please don’t blame yourself,” she said.

“Good help is available on the Sunshine Coast for anyone affected after a suicide, especially standbysupport.com.au”

Discussions about suicide can also help reduce the stigma surrounding the societal issue.

“It used to be a crime and seen as a moral failing, so suicidal people are reluctant to discuss their feelings,” Ms Pemble said.

“Stigma is the biggest barrier to seeking help, so we as a community need to address the stigma of suicide if we are to save more lives.”

To register for all three courses, visit The Alliance.org.

If you are in an emergency or someone is in immediate danger, call 000. If you or someone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit Lifeline.org.au

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Uncertainty for St John Ambulance Armagh cadets as training halts amid search for suitable premises – Armagh I https://twnonline.org/uncertainty-for-st-john-ambulance-armagh-cadets-as-training-halts-amid-search-for-suitable-premises-armagh-i/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 18:42:19 +0000 https://twnonline.org/uncertainty-for-st-john-ambulance-armagh-cadets-as-training-halts-amid-search-for-suitable-premises-armagh-i/ St. John Ambulance’s Armagh Cadet Unit has launched a new appeal in its bid to find new premises to accommodate its ever-growing number of trainees, as training programs come to a halt. The well-known association, whose main objective is first aid training and event coverage, has seen its activities come to a halt as the […]]]>




St. John Ambulance’s Armagh Cadet Unit has launched a new appeal in its bid to find new premises to accommodate its ever-growing number of trainees, as training programs come to a halt.

The well-known association, whose main objective is first aid training and event coverage, has seen its activities come to a halt as the search for a new location is proving difficult.

Armagh Cadet Unit Leader Dr Michael Burney explains that the unit needs a place large enough to accommodate 50 cadets, as well as two separate meeting spaces for adults and badgers (5-10 year).

Michael said Armagh I that the unit has a total of 65 children, with 15 more on the waiting list.

“They knock on the door to see inside, but until we get to a suitable venue, none of the kids can train and people on the waiting list can’t be accepted,” Michael explains.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the cadets – who trained in Armagh 32 years ago – met at Appleby Social Education Center but as it is a Southern Health & Social Care Trust, the Covid health restrictions that were imposed meant they were unable to return.

The unit moved to a temporary space at Vibe Church in Armagh, which Michael said was “great”, but due to the unit’s strong growth over the past year, the space is become unsuited to their growing needs.

“We have started to recruit the youngest again, which we did not have last year, and our adults have also grown.

“Right now we have 15 badgers and 50 cadets, up from 30 before, so we have 20 more. We also have 20 adults so that’s a significant number.

Due to child protection rules, a space is required to accommodate these three age groups, with the possibility of meeting separately, as the age groups cannot be mixed. The unit also requires storage space, in order to house training manikins and other equipment.

The unit meets on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., which is another factor that made it difficult to find a space, as other organizations were meeting at night.

“I had been looking for ages and we had a few leads that fell. Any location that can accommodate up to 100 people with three separate spaces and storage space would be ideal,” added Michael.

The main concern with the lack of meeting space is that cadets cannot take the essential first aid training that can be used to help so many people.

“At the moment, we cannot meet for our training. Our staff would have been prepared for the year but obviously this is all going to be pushed back now.

“Our young people and our adults have to go back in September, so we will postpone that to October now to give us more time to organize ourselves somewhere.

“We can’t meet without space, which means all the much-needed training can’t happen equally well for young people and adults,” adds Michael.

Readers who know of a suitable location for the unit should contact Michael at michael.burney@sjani.org.uk.




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A wind farm company will finance the training of a volunteer lifeboat crew https://twnonline.org/a-wind-farm-company-will-finance-the-training-of-a-volunteer-lifeboat-crew/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 15:23:36 +0000 https://twnonline.org/a-wind-farm-company-will-finance-the-training-of-a-volunteer-lifeboat-crew/ A GLOBAL offshore wind energy company has pledged to support Clacton Lifeboat Station to help train volunteer crews over the next two years. Orsted, who runs the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm off Clacton, has pledged to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) through a new two-year partnership which will focus on training its […]]]>

A GLOBAL offshore wind energy company has pledged to support Clacton Lifeboat Station to help train volunteer crews over the next two years.

Orsted, who runs the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm off Clacton, has pledged to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) through a new two-year partnership which will focus on training its volunteers to help the charity charity in its mission to save lives at sea.

Orsted will contribute £140,000 over two years to fund training costs in Clacton and six RNLI lifeboat stations across the UK, including Barrow, Humber, New Brighton, Ramsgate, Skegness and Wells.

RNLI volunteers train at least fortnightly on the station and regularly at night to replicate real emergencies.

Training is supported by attendance at the award-winning RNLI residential college in Poole, station visits by trainers and distance learning courses.

Orsted’s 12 offshore wind farms are all located in areas corresponding to the seven RNLI stations supported by the partnership.

Since Ørsted and the RNLI joined forces in 2015, the partnership has directly supported over 1,700 lifeboat launches, assisted over 1,900 people in distress and saved 88 lives.

Duncan Clark, from Orsted, said: “We are extremely proud to continue our partnership with the RNLI and to help this incredible charity save lives at sea.

“The offshore environment can be extremely harsh, so it is essential that everyone has the knowledge and tools to keep themselves and others safe.

“As a company building and operating large offshore wind projects, we have first-hand experience of these challenges, which is why we place such importance on safety and training.

“Through the latest phase of this partnership, our goal is to help RNLI teams continue to provide the best training possible to its volunteers.”

Alex Evans, Lifesaving Training Manager at the RNLI, added: “Their support is very important to us and it is fantastic to see how so many of our crew have benefited from Orsted funding for their training.

“It gives volunteers the confidence to save lives, even in the most difficult conditions.”

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Whitehall plans suicide prevention training for civil servants as recession looms https://twnonline.org/whitehall-plans-suicide-prevention-training-for-civil-servants-as-recession-looms/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 12:54:47 +0000 https://twnonline.org/whitehall-plans-suicide-prevention-training-for-civil-servants-as-recession-looms/ With a recession looming, the UK government is considering plans to train civil servants in suicide prevention. Preparing frontline officials to help suicidal members of the public is part of a suicide prevention proposal that is being consulted at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Officials held “in-depth” meetings, the new statesman understands, […]]]>

With a recession looming, the UK government is considering plans to train civil servants in suicide prevention. Preparing frontline officials to help suicidal members of the public is part of a suicide prevention proposal that is being consulted at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Officials held “in-depth” meetings, the new statesman understands, and the plan should be implemented “early next year”. The idea was first raised publicly by a government figure in June this year, in a speech by Sajid Javid, who was then health secretary. “The next few months are critical and we must do everything in our power to ensure that we support the most vulnerable as they face these financial pressures,” said Javid, whose brother took his own life.

However, doubt now hangs over the timetable, and the place of this training in the priorities of the new government of Liz Truss, who has not yet appointed a minister for patient safety, suicide prevention and Mental Health. Javid resigned from government over Boris Johnson’s leadership in July, and the new health secretary is Therese Coffey.

Although the reasons for each suicide are complex and varied, past economic downturns have been associated with increased suicide rates. A recession is predicted before the end of this year, while living standards are set to fall by the biggest drop on record due to soaring energy and food prices.

Joe Potter, policy manager at Samaritans, a charity which helps people in emotional distress, said: ‘We know there is strong evidence of an association between financial hardship, such as debt problems, through example, mental health and suicide.

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“We try not to make predictions about future suicide rates. But we know that there are well-established risk factors, which will be affected by the [economic] crisis. In past recessions, there have been increases in unmanageable personal debt, increases in job losses, and yes, in the past there has been an association between recession and increased suicide rates.

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This effect is already being felt in some regions. “Our customer service team is talking to suicidal people,” a senior executive at a major energy company revealed. “Not because of energy bills in itself, just like life is too much for them and the energy bill was the last straw, for example. People on the front lines are already dealing with the most appalling things. »

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According to Potter, two-thirds of people who die by suicide in the UK have not been in contact with mental health services in the year before their death. That doesn’t mean they aren’t known to other parts of the state. Nine in ten middle-aged men – the demographic group most at risk of suicide – who died by suicide had been in contact with statutory services beforehand, according to a 2021 University of Manchester study. These included services such as employment centres, drug and alcohol supply, emergency services and the criminal justice system.

“These are all really crucial touchpoints with the state that the government is already plugged into,” said Potter, who added that frontline officials working in “different parts of the state” are therefore well placed. to be “properly trained to understand and see the signs of someone in trouble and then refer people to more support”.

Suicide rates in England and Wales remain stubbornly high: at 10.7 deaths per 100,000 population, the rate is as high as 20 years ago. In April, the government began drawing up a ten-year mental health plan, which now includes the proposal to train civil servants to help suicidal people.

The latest suicide statistics, released on September 6, revealed that women under the age of 24 have seen the biggest increase in suicides since records began. This trend is particularly worrying given the forecast recession. Jacqui Morrissey, Deputy Director of Research and Influencing at Samaritans, commented: “Our research has shown that young people are likely to bear the brunt of the financial turmoil caused by the pandemic, now compounded by the crisis in the cost of life. ”

In response to a request for comment, a DHSC spokesperson said: ‘Ministerial portfolios and further information on frontline suicide prevention officials will be announced in due course.’

In the UK and Ireland, the Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day on 116 123 or by email at jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. International helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.

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Plans to open a personal training studio in Rhosnesni https://twnonline.org/plans-to-open-a-personal-training-studio-in-rhosnesni/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 04:45:47 +0000 https://twnonline.org/plans-to-open-a-personal-training-studio-in-rhosnesni/ Wrexham.com > News Job : Tue 13 Sep 2022 Plans are underway to convert a retail unit into a personal training studio near Wrexham town centre. Proposals have been submitted to Wrexham Council to transform the Rhosnesni Lane retail unit into a […]]]>


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Plans are underway to convert a retail unit into a personal training studio near Wrexham town centre.

Proposals have been submitted to Wrexham Council to transform the Rhosnesni Lane retail unit into a space for personal trainers to work with clients primarily on a one-to-one basis.

The studio would be open seven days a week if plans materialize.

According to the claimants, the unit is currently being used as a warehouse by a charity.

The changes they hope to make are outlined in the development application form submitted to council, which states: “We would like to convert the current retail unit into a personal training studio.

“We plan to open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We don’t expect there to be more than six cars in our car park at any one time, even that we believe will be rare. We work one-on-one with clients spread throughout the daytime.

“Due to the nature of what we are doing, there won’t be a lot of noise, unlike an average commercial gym, but we will have a PA system in place for background music.

“The owner assured us there were no waste or drainage issues.”

The applicant clarifies that neighboring businesses have already been consulted on the plans and that there will be no increase in waste from the site, which would retain the current toilet and sink – both located at the rear of the building with drainage.

They added: “The only external changes will be a fresh coat of paint and a new sign up front.

“Internally, we plan to put two stud walls and paint all the walls.”

Parking spaces are already available on the site and no change of highway would be necessary as a result of the proposed change of use.

Wrexham Council’s planning committee will make a decision on the application at a later date.

By Rory Sheehan – BBC Local Democracy Reporter






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