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Gwent Connect 5 Workforce Training Programme

Do you work or volunteer in Gwent?

Join the Gwent Connect 5 Training Programme to improve your conversations about mental wellbeing

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Below are links to help you find out more about our Gwent Connect 5 programme and how you can get involved, whether you are a non-mental health worker or a volunteer.

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What is Gwent Connect 5?

Gwent Connect 5 is a workforce training programme. The programme aims to upskill our local non-mental health workforce to better understand and have confidence to have conversations about mental wellbeing within their everyday practice.

Gwent Connect 5 aims to improve population mental wellbeing by changing the way the non-mental health workforce have conversations about mental wellbeing with members of the public.

Connect 5 is the first, and only, evidence based mental health promotion training programme available in the UK. For further information on Connect 5, view the downloadable leaflet.

Gwent Connect 5 Course
Connect 5 Leaflet
Gwent Connect 5 Leaflet

See the live online leaflet.

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Who is the training for?

Gwent Connect 5 training is for the wider non-mental health workforce, including volunteers.

In Gwent the training programme will prioritise and target our local workforce supporting groups of the population at greatest risk of poor mental wellbeing.

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How does Gwent Connect 5 work?

Gwent Connect 5 provides the wider non-mental health trained workforce with knowledge, skills and confidence to have everyday conversations about mental health and wellbeing, including suicide prevention.

Gwent Connect 5 training provides an evidence based collaborative prevention toolkit that promotes psychological knowledge, understanding and awareness, and the development of skills. This empowers those trained to motivate and support people they connect with, to take proactive steps to build resilience and look after themselves, through their everyday conversations.

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Levels of training

There are three levels to the training, incremental in terms of skills. Participants do not need to attend all three levels of the training. The three levels are:

Level 1, brief advice

Level 1
Brief Advice

A universal offer for anyone in a frontline role who has the opportunity to give brief wellbeing advice as part of everyday practice.

Level 2, brief interventions

Level 2
Brief Interventions

For our local workforce who have the opportunity within their role to offer one-off brief wellbeing interventions as part of their everyday practice.

Level 3, extended brief interventions

Level 3
Extended Brief Interventions

For our local workforce who have the opportunity to work over time to motivate and support people to make changes to improve their health and mental wellbeing.

By selecting the most appropriate level/s participants are provided with the confidence, knowledge and skills to use their everyday interactions with people to improve their mental wellbeing, at the right level for them.

Training Connect 5

What does it cost?

The Gwent Connect 5 training programme is free. The three levels of the training programme are currently being delivered online, and each level takes three hours.

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What is included?

All participants receive copies of Gwent Connect 5 training resources, local mental wellbeing resources and a certificate of attendance.

Who is delivering the training in Gwent?

In Gwent we are adopting a Cascade or Train the Trainer model to deliver Gwent Connect 5. Trainers are being sought from local organisations whose staff currently deliver, or are willing to deliver as part of their role, training to peers, colleagues and/or partners.

The Cascade Training course is free. Trainers will be required to join a local Gwent Connect 5 Trainers network and are given access to training resources, mental wellbeing resources, background reading and evaluation tools. Trainers will be required to support the evaluation of the programme.

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What does it take to be a Gwent Connect 5 trainer?

You must have:

Experience

  • Experience in facilitating learning, training, presenting or teaching effectively OR be willing to invest the time in developing these skills (training will be provided)
  • Experience of working on the frontline with people in need

Skills

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • The skills to create an effective learning space, manage group dynamics and manage differences in learners OR be willing to develop these skills
  • Relevant IT skills OR be willing to invest the time in developing these skills

Personal Qualities

  • A positive attitude towards people with mental health issues

Knowledge

  • An understanding of mental health and wellbeing issues OR be willing to develop an understanding
  • An understanding of the principles of behaviour change, brief advice and brief interventions OR be willing to develop an understanding

How to become a Gwent Connect 5 Trainer

To become a Gwent Connect 5 Trainer you must agree to the terms in the document linked below and the summarised points that follow, including a commitment to develop your training skills.

Learner Contract
Learner Contract

See the terms and conditions for learning.

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Learner Contract
Learner Contract

See the terms and conditions for learning.

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Registration Form
Registration Form

Registration for training, levels 1, 2 and/or 3, for January 2021

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Registration Form
Registration Form

Registration for training, levels 1, 2 and/or 3, for January 2021

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Registration Form
Registration Form

Registration for Train the Trainers January 2021

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Registration Form
Registration Form

Registration for Train the Trainers January 2021

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Complete the training
  • Complete the required pre course work (approximately 2 hours)
  • Attend the 3 half day Connect 5 training courses i.e. level 1, 2 and 3 (online during the pandemic)
  • Attend the 2 day Connect 5 train the trainer courses (4 x 3 hour modules online during the pandemic)
Deliver the Connect 5 training
  • Deliver a minimum of 4 courses within 12 months
  • Deliver the training to a minimum of 50 people over a 12 month period, to others within your organisation and/or partner organisations in Gwent, as appropriate
  • Deliver training objectives through a set programme (as provided)
  • Arrange your courses and register them on the training network webpage
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Complete a reflection log
  • Attend Gwent Connect 5 post training support and networking opportunities
In return, the Gwent Connect 5 Training Lead will:
  • Organise Gwent Connect 5 Training Network meetings and networking opportunities
  • Provide a bespoke learning and development pathway for you to enhance your training skills
  • Help with the promotion of your courses through the Melo website, supported by social media, if requested
  • Evaluate/Monitor course feedback and provide support when needed

When is the training?

All courses – full and online.

January 2021

Dates: FULL
Training: Trainer
Venue: Online

February 2021

Dates: FULL
Training: Train the Trainer
Venue: Online

For more information or to book a place

To book a place or to be notified of additional training dates contact Sarah by emailing: [email protected].