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Upcoming training courses and info sessions

Whether you’re looking to develop your career, learn something new or attend the latest Connected Leadership sessions, be in the know with our round-up of the latest staff training and information sessions.

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Corporate Courses

The Council’s Learning & Organisational Development team corporate course dates for 2024 are published on the Sharepoint Booking System. If the course you are looking for doesn’t have a date schedule yet you can still be nominated for it, which means you will get notified when new course dates become available.  Nominating couldn’t be easier, you simply need to complete the Learning & Development Course Nomination e-form.

Corporate Parenting Information Drop-ins and Training

Our Corporate Parenting team is holding drop-in sessions that are open to all employees.

July’s session will be held at Ardeer Community Centre on Wednesday 24 July (10.30am-11.30am). Read more about the sessions and our collective responsibilities in relation to Corporate Parenting in June’s Promise Column.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lewis, Corporate Parenting Engagement and Participation Lead, by emailing jennylewis@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or calling 07981 931 972.

The NAHSCP Learning and Development team is also offering staff the chance to attend the following training session around supporting the care experienced community. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If no dates are showing on the booking system for the relevant month then this means the dates are full. If this is the case, please email HSCPLearningDevelopment@north-ayrshire.gov.uk and your name will be added to the waiting list for any future dates.

New dates added: Introduction to Neurodiversity sessions (NAHSCP)

Further dates are now available for staff who wish to attend one of the following ‘Introduction to Neurodiversity’ sessions.

The aims and objectives of this course are to provide attendees with an opportunity to learn more about neurodiversity, the associated conditions such as Autism and ADHD, and understand how to begin to develop person-centred ways of supporting neurodivergent individuals.

Please consult your line manager before booking your place online.

Available dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 25 July: Cunninghame House (Irvine & Kilwinning & Three Towns) (1pm to 4pm)
  • Tuesday 6 August: Cunninghame House (Irvine & Kilwinning & Three Towns) (1pm to 4pm)
  • Thursday 22 August: Cunninghame House (Garnock & North Coast) (9.30am to 12.30pm)

Ongoing training for 2024:

New this week: Child Protection training calendar

As staff of North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, it is our responsibility to ensure that we know what to do if we have concerns about a child or young person, as well as the signs to look out for should a child be at risk of harm.

All staff are urged to take part in child protection training, particularly where your role involves working with children and young people. You can access the child protection training calendar online. Please note that Signs of Safety briefing sessions have been added for both September and November.

New this week: Suicide Prevention Ayrshire – training opportunities available from July to December

Suicide Prevention Ayrshire is a small team of employees from NHS Ayrshire & Arran and the three Health and Social Care Partnerships that is responsible for the development, coordination and delivery of suicide prevention and intervention training across Ayrshire.

The suicide prevention training programme has two dedicated trainers delivering sessions across Ayrshire with the aim of raising awareness of suicide and providing people with the confidence and skills to support people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The training is open to anyone that lives or works in Ayrshire. For details on times and dates of upcoming courses, as well as information on how to book, visit the Suicide Prevention Training Brochure online.

Adult Support and Protection Training

As employees of North Ayrshire Council/Health and Social Care Partnership, we all have a legal responsibility to report our concerns if we believe that an adult is being harmed or is at risk from harm. Therefore, it’s important that ALL staff know what to do.

The Adult Support and Protection Training Calendar for 2023-24 is now available to view on Connects, where you can find details on all of the available training opportunities. The first step for most staff would be to join an ASP Overview session, however there are other, more focused training courses available on the signs of specific harms. ASP Overview training should be renewed every 3 years. To reserve a place on any of the courses, contact ASPTraining@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Child Protection Committee learning and development calendar

The Child Protection Committee’s learning and development calendar is now available to view online. The calendar contains information about all of the courses available during the first quarter of 2024.

Support in our Communities…

NEW! Transition Together Carer Peer Support Group

Are you a parent or carer navigating the challenges of supporting a child or young person aged 13 to 26 through a transition? This could be from child to adult services or from school to further education or employment. Why not come along to the new North Ayrshire Transitions Together carer peer support group, where you can meet other parents and carers, make connections and find lots of helpful information?

The next event will take place on Wednesday 7 August from 11am at William Love Memorial Hall in Kilwinning. You can register and book a place via our Eventbrite site, or just go along on the day. This group is supported by NAHSCP, NHS Ayrshire & Arran and Unity Carers Gateway.

Digital support for over 50’s

CLASP (Community Led Action & Support Project) is a charity based in Stevenston. Its HOPE Goes Digital project provides six free sessions on essential digital skills for anyone aged 50 plus living in North Ayrshire – using their smartphone, tablet or laptop – which will be held in local venues.

Alongside digital skills sessions, HOPE Goes Digital offers telephone befriending, 1-2-1 befriending in the Three Towns area, digital groups, lunch clubs, arts and crafts, health and wellbeing activities and social outings. People can be referred for digital skills sessions and come along to activities. For more information, contact Salena (Digital) or Jim (Activities) by calling 01294 602 711 or emailing info@clasps.org.uk.

Free online course on medicine-related needs for older people with a sensory impairment

A free, online course around impaired sight or hearing has been launched by the University of Strathclyde. This four-week course will teach attendees about the medicine-related needs of older people with a sensory impairment and how best to support those needs. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit the Alliance website, where you will also find a registration link.

Grief Resources by Healing Hearts in Irvine and Kilwinning

Grief support groups are currently operating in Irvine and Kilwinning. Anyone is welcome to go along for free community support for those who are grieving. The friendly Healing Hearts groups can also help people with new skills who want to understand how to better support someone following a bereavement. The Irvine groups operate at Irvine Library (Mondays 11am-midday) and Trindlemoss Day Opportunities (Thursdays 4-6pm). For Kilwinning, the sessions take place on Fridays at Kilwinning Library in the morning (10.30am -midday) and as the afternoon is fully booked (12.30pm-2.30pm).

Pan Ayrshire Tobacco-Free Alliance

NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s Public Health team is looking to set up a Pan-Ayrshire Tobacco Free Alliance as part of the Smoke Free Scotland Strategy. If you are interested in getting involved in the project, please contact: Yvonne.Miller2@aapct.scot.nhs.uk for further information.

Support sessions for visually impaired parents

Blind Parents UK offers a range of free support services for visually impaired parents across the UK, as well as providing advice for professionals who support parents with a vision impairment. To find out more about the services provided, including information on how to get in touch, click on the link to the organisation’s leaflet on the NAHSCP website.

Support is available from CAAST team

The Child and Adolescent Specialist Substance Team (CASST) works with children and young people (aged five to 21) who are affected by alcohol and/or other drug use, whether that be their own use or that of a parent, carer or another member of the family. CASST provides an intensive support service to young people and their families by delivering a tailored programme based around their needs, as identified during an initial assessment. Anyone can refer to CASST, so if you are aware of a young person who could benefit then please get in touch by calling 01294 468213 or emailing CASST@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

If you are delivering training or have an upcoming information session you would like to promote in Staff Latest News or our weekly News In Brief, email: communications@north-ayrshire.gov.uk for help with internal promotion…

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