Applications for the 2019 programme for service users, carers and advocates within the Trust area are now open!
The Trust's Introduction to leadership for service users, carers and advocates programme 2019 aims to:
- support service users, carers and advocates with career and personal development
- develop leadership skills – participants are encouraged to work together, share ideas and experiences and learn from each other
- support and encourage service users, carers and advocates to be effective in influencing and contributing to service improvements
- empower service users, carers and advocates within their own local services
- encourage participants to create and sustain a self supporting network
- provide you with time and space to reflect within a structured approach to leadership learning.
This will be the 20th programme we have delivered and will cover:
- an introduction to leadership
- coaching conversations
- improving personal effectiveness
- participating in and chairing meetings
- time management
- personal development
- difficult conversations
- team working.
A taster event at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, is taking place on Tuesday 9 April 2019 for those interested in applying for the programme.
Sessions run monthly from May to December (excluding August), between 10am and 4pm at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield. Participants are asked to commit to attending all seven days if possible.
Session dates 2019
- Friday 24 May
- Friday 21 June
- Tuesday 16 July
- Wednesday 25 September
- Wednesday 23 October
- Friday 22 November
- Wednesday 18 December.
If you would like to take part in the programme:
Please complete this application form or contact the Trust's organisational development team for further information:
Tel: 01642 451665.
Closing date for application forms is Friday 15 March 2019.
Here's what previous participants had to say about the course...
“I enjoyed the course. The sessions were always interesting and I appreciated the low-key approach and the respect for participants' different levels of engagement with the tasks we were given. I feel the way in which the course was run resulted in a therapeutic atmosphere of support and encouragement that was both reassuring and confidence building. While serious in content, the sessions also incorporated a sense of fun and humour - a playfulness - that both put people at their ease and gave the proceedings a bit of an edge, and really contributed to the overall effectiveness. Having been in education all my life and attended a multitude of presentations, workshops, conferences and courses, I don't think I've ever before experienced such a demonstration of people-centredness. This was obviously the leading principle of the course design and delivery; as a participant, one of the most important outcomes of the course, both during and after the sessions, was created by the relationships that evolved among the participants.”
“The course was most helpful and enjoyable, within a supportive and friendly environment. A boost to morale and self-confidence. It was well structured and presented.”
“Intellectually stimulating yet comfortable days in the company of interesting people who brought a mix of perspectives to the discussion."
“I really enjoyed the course and feel that I gained from it.”
“The culmination of the course for me was one of gratitude and hope from myself and care and support from the staff.”
“I found the course really useful. I am doing a lot of things now that I am involved as a trust member and doing things on my own. This course was excellent and would recommended it to others.”
“The course gave me increased confidence in my ability to speak up about mental health.”
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