Hundreds more people in Croydon can take part in the council’s free accredited training course to learn how to support those who have experienced trauma as a child or adult.
An extra 250 spaces have just been released for the popular course, which teaches participants skills that will help them to support someone who has experienced trauma and who might be struggling with the consequences.
Called trauma-informed training, the course is open to anyone living and working in the borough and is available virtually on a range of dates, including evenings and weekends. People can find out more and sign-up for the free training here.
The programme was developed in partnership with Croydon residents to ensure that it meets the needs of local communities.
During the training, participants will develop skills to spot the signs of trauma in others and how it might impact their behaviour. The training explores the effects of trauma on the wider community and teaches people the coping strategies sometimes used when faced with a traumatic event. There is also information available to signpost people for further help if they need it.
To date, more than 600 people have attended the training, which has received positive feedback from those taking part.
Croydon resident Louise Edwards from Waddon, has praised the training she received: “I know some people who experienced trauma when they were younger. Attending the trauma-informed training has given me a greater understanding of the complexities of adverse childhood trauma. It has also given me the confidence to respond informally and correctly to someone who might be facing challenges. I do think that communities, individuals, and organisations would benefit from attending this training course and we should all adopt this approach in our daily lives. I am also a Croydon Mental Health First Aider, and the trauma training has further helped me to know what to do to support people and where to signpost them for more help.”
“Through this free training we are equipping residents and people working in Croydon with the skills to support anyone who has experienced trauma. We want to ensure that people receive the best support for their mental health and wellbeing in times of need. The right help at the right time can come from people you know as well as local services. We are pleased that we can offer additional spaces on this course, and we hope that even more people will take the opportunity to sign up.”
Councillor Yvette Hopley, cabinet member for health and adult social care