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Gwent Connect 5 Course

Gwent Connect 5 Training Programme

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Do you work or volunteer in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, known as ‘Gwent’ (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport or Torfaen) area?

Would you like to gain new knowledge and skills to help you improve your mental wellbeing?

Would you like the confidence, knowledge, skills and resources to have effective conversations with others about their mental wellbeing?

Would you like to develop greater awareness and learn strategies for self-compassion?

If so, Gwent Connect 5 is for you!

Below are links to help you find out more about the Gwent Connect 5 programme. Select an option to drop down to the relevant section of the page.

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What is Gwent Connect 5?

Gwent Connect 5 is more than a training programme – it is a mental wellbeing workforce initiative.

It provides:

  • High quality and fully funded training
  • Access to learning to learning through comprehensive course materials
  • Signposting to further sources of mental health and wellbeing information
  • A Training 4 Trainers course.

Its aim is to embed a culture of compassion in local organisations by equipping staff with the knowledge and skills to improve their own mental wellbeing, as well as having the confidence and resources to have effective conversations with others.

To find out more view our YouTube video or read our brief flyer or information leaflet.

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What are the benefits of Gwent Connect 5?

Gwent Connect 5 enables learners to expand their knowledge and enhance their skills to help improve their own and others mental wellbeing. It also increases learners’ confidence to have every day conversations about mental health and wellbeing including suicide awareness.

Learners will be provided with information on where to find: trustworthy free resources; local opportunities to help improve mental health and wellbeing; and find support mental health, if needed.

 

To find out more view our YouTube videos below:

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Modules of Training

Gwent Connect 5 comprises of 3 half day modules, which are interactive and can be delivered live online or in person. See below for details.

There are three training modules each incremental in terms of skills.  Participants do not need to attend all three modules but they must be attended in sequence.

Level 1, brief advice

Module 1
Brief Advice
(Half Day)

An introduction to Gwent Connect 5 for anyone who wants to improve their mental wellbeing, the wellbeing of others and who has the opportunity to give brief well-being advice.

Level 2, brief interventions

Module 2
Brief Intervention (Half Day)

Builds on module 1 so that learners understand wellbeing needs and are able to offer one-off brief well-being interventions as part of their role. This module includes information on suicide awareness.

Level 3, extended brief interventions

Module 3
Extended Brief Intervention (Half Day)

Furthers the knowledge and skills developed in modules 1 & 2 to motivate and support people, to make changes to improve their mental well-being.

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

How is Gwent Connect 5 delivered?

All 3 modules can be delivered live online or face-to-face. The preferred online platform is Zoom, although training can be delivered via Microsoft Teams. 

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What does it cost?

The Gwent Connect 5 training programme is fully funded. Funding for the programme is provided from the Welsh Government Regional Integration Fund. 

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What materials are included?

All learners are asked to register for Gwent Connect 5 via our easy-to-use Booking Tool. Upon completing the pre and post course evaluation forms, you will be able to access all your training materials and ongoing learning. It also provides learners with the opportunity to track their progress.

Who is delivering the training in Gwent?

Gwent Connect 5 is delivered by:

  • ‘In-house trainers’ from within some local organisations/employers and;
  • Experienced trainers from local mental health not-for-profit organisations

All our trainers have attended the Gwent Connect 5 Training 4 Trainers course and agree to ongoing support, training and quality assurance of their delivery. See a list of our trainers below.

Local large employers are encouraged to deliver the training in-house. The Gwent Connect 5 programme provides access to a free Training 4 Trainers course. Gwent Connect 5 Trainers have access to unlimited free promotional materials, training materials and ongoing support from the programme team and peers.

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How do I book a place?

Click on the link below to find a list of upcoming training:

If you are employed by a large organisation in Gwent, you may already have an in-house Trainer.

Contact ABB.InfoGC5@wales.nhs.uk  to find out whether your organisation has a trainer.

What does it take to become a Gwent Connect 5 Trainer?

  • Do you have an interest in mental health and wellbeing?
  • Are you a compassionate person?
  • Are you passionate about improving the mental wellbeing of others?
  • Would you like to gain new skills and become a Gwent Connect 5 Trainer?

If so, you may want to find out how to join our inspirational Gwent Connect 5 Training Team.

The Gwent Connect 5 programme provides all our Gwent Connect 5 Trainers with:

  • A fully funded Train the Trainer (T4T) course, ongoing support and CPD.
  • Peer to Peer Trainer Network support.

Free promotional and training materials to help you embed the ethos of Gwent Connect 5 in your organisation and/or local communities.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Gwent Connect 5 Trainer then please contact ABB.InfoGC5@wales.nhs.uk 

We would really like to hear from you!

For more information see the Gwent Connect 5 Information Sheet:
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Gwent Connect 5 Information Sheet

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Gwent Connect 5 Information Sheet

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Does your organisation want to improve employee wellbeing?

 

Do you want to help foster a culture of compassion by equipping staff with the knowledge and skills to have effective conversations about mental wellbeing?

  • Do you want to help foster a culture of compassion by equipping staff with the knowledge and skills to have effective conversations about mental wellbeing?
  • Do you want to provide staff with access to a high-quality interactive training programme, proven to enhance their knowledge and skills to improve their mental wellbeing?

If so, find out how the Gwent Connect 5 Programme can support this vision by contacting our Programme Team at ABB.InfoGC5@wales.nhs.uk

Gwent Connect 5 is part of a wider local Emotional and Mental Wellbeing Programme, funded by Welsh Government and managed by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s Public Health Team.

Updated October 2023.