Courses and Training

Introductory child protection course for anyone who works with children in Scotland from NSPCC Scotland

nspcc-scotlandGain the skills you need to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with.

Working at your own pace, NSPCC Scotland’s introductory online training course will give you a clear understanding of how to recognise, report and record concerns about a child’s welfare and incorporates the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach in Scotland.

£20 per person
Approximately 3 hour online training course

For more information on this course please visit our website for more information and details about how you can book a place.
Course details and booking information

Our Designated Child Protection Officer Training course is for anyone responsible with receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people who work with children in Scotland.

Our training course will help you gain the skills to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with in a designated child protection role, gain the skills you need to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with and support your staff.

Taught by experienced professionals, you will learn how to recognise, report and record concerns about a child’s welfare and incorporates the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach in Scotland.

This is a full day course being delivered in Aberdeen on 18th January 2017 and Glasgow on 7th March 2017

For more information on this course and details about how you can book a place please visit our website – follow the link.
Designated Officer Training

For more information, contact NSPCC Scotland on 0808-800-5000 or

Lothian Education and Recovery Network – New dates for LEARN courses!

See below for dates and details.
If you are interested, or have any questions, please get in touch on

ways-of-living-wellYour Mental Health and Ways of Living Well
For people with lived experience of mental health issues who want to learn about wellness and recovery.

Together we will explore the recovery journey, peer support and share stories about paths to wellness.
We share lunch each day – let us know of any dietary requirements when you book.
Thursdays 27 October and 3 November

seen-but-not-heardUnderstanding Eating Disorders: Seen But Not Heard
Learn about the many different eating disorder diagnoses from people who share their stories of living with these experiences.  We use film clips and interactive activities to explore causes, treatments and the physical and psychological effects of eating disorders.  We will address any fears and challenges you may have when it comes to helping someone with an eating disorder.  There will plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Wednesday 23 November 2016, 1pm to 4.30 pm, St John’s Hospital, Howden Road West, Howden, Livingston EH54 6PP

realising-recoveryRealising Recovery
An opportunity to examine and develop a practical understanding of ’recovery’ relevant to your own mental health and wellbeing as well as that of others.

Is recovery the best way of describing what people want for themselves?
What are the relationships between mental health, identity, treatment and services?
A LEARN certificate will be given to everyone who completes the 2 full days of the course.
Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 January 2017

much-more-than-a-labelUnderstanding BPD: Much More than a Label
This is a 2-day interactive course which promotes positive attitudes towards people who may attract a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.  You will hear what it is like to live with the types of experiences that may lead to a BPD diagnosis and its impact.

Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 January 2017

We are currently planning the following courses – if you are interested, please get in touch and we will let you know when they are happening.

wellness-recoveryWellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP): WRAP is a programme of self-exploration that can help you take control of your own mental health and recovery.  Our workshops are based on the model developed under copyright in the USA by Mary Ellen Copeland.  WRAP recognises that you are the expert in your own experience and there are no limits to recovery.  It is based on 5 key concepts: hope, personal responsibility, support, self-advocacy and education.

independent-advocacyIndependent Advocacy Works For Us! Find out about the difference that Independent Advocacy makes to people’s lives from people who have used it.  This 2-hour session is led by members of Voice of Advocacy, a group of people who have had experience of using independent advocacy.

learnLEARNLothian Education and Recovery Network – is the partnership of Lothian Recovery Network, NHS Lothian and CAPS Independent Advocacy.  We provide learning opportunities about mental health and wellbeing.  All of our educators are people who have experienced mental health issues and all courses are offered free of charge to anyone living within the Lothians.


Health in Mind new training programme

Our training coursesHealth in Mind new training programme are all about developing knowledge, skills, confidence and understanding about mental health and wellbeing and other related areas of interest.

One of our aims is to support the development of good practice for a wide range of organisations in the Lothians so there is a better experience for people experiencing mental ill health from their employer and colleagues.

There are 22 courses in the new programme and they cover a wide range of topics which include Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid, media training, personal safety and mindfulness in the workplace.  Most courses involve a trainer with their own relevant lived experience and we know from previous delegates that this enriches the learning experience.

You will also find the courses on our website in the training section and on the front page of our website is a calendar of the courses coming up soon.

Health in Mind can also deliver in-house training for your staff teams and volunteers, so please encourage your organisation or others you work with to consider the benefits of bespoke training.

Victim Support training opportunities

Victim Support transVictim Support Scotland (VSS) can provide training for you, suitable for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
At Victim Support Scotland, our focus is to enhance and improve direct services to people affected by crime in Scotland.
Courses include Impact of Crime, Domestic Abuse and Victims of Sexual Crime.

Impact of Crime
General Admission £75.00

Student Rate £60.00
28 October 2016 Book Now

Domestic Abuse
General Admission £85.00

Student Rate £65.00
29 November 2016 Book Now

Victims of Sexual Crime
General Admission £85.00

Student Rate £65.00
02 December 2016 Book Now

If you are interested in what we can offer, take a look at our VSS External Training 2016 Brochure and sign up to receive VSS training course updates.
You’ll find a list of all the courses currently open for booking on our Training Events page.

If you have any questions please contact us at

Tweets – Employability Project

WLFIN logoLooking for work?
Been made redundant?
On jobseekers allowance?

Introducing a new opportunity to:
* build on your communication and customer skills

* add to your work experience – advising people, administration support
* undertake accredited and certified training i.e. first aid, workplace health & safety
* gain training and practice in customer advice skills
* increase your job prospects

Access free personalised support on:
* managing your Universal Jobmatch account

* related IT tutoring and support
* job searching techniques
* CV preparation, job application and interview skills
* budgeting and benefits advice

Community based locations to suit.

Informal and in confidence enquiries or referrals welcome, contact Fiona Chisholm on 01501-771775 or by email to

Craft classes and workshops

Kidzeco, 11 King Street, Bathgate. A new programme of  craft classes and workshop is ongoing:- contact Tracy on 01506 815534 or e-mail TRACY.MURDOCH @ KIDZECO.NET

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