Courses

Introduction to youth work

Aims

The course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to understand the ethos of youth work. It includes the aims and objectives of youth work, different methods of delivery and an insight into how sport can be used as a tool to engage young people. It also covers aspects such as risk assessments and monitoring and evaluation, which are paramount to successful youth work.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers, play workers, those working in community-based settings as well as young people aged 16+ with an interest in youth work.

This course can be run both as a half or full day. It can also be tailored to specific requirements, for example, for professional coach development workshops or for first time entrants to training in this field.

Learning outcomes

  • The principles of youth work
  • Delivery methods
  • Types of youth work
  • Evaluating the work we do

Working with high risk young people

Aims

This course will equip participants with an understanding of the issues that exist for young people deemed as high risk. It explores strategies for engaging with this group and ways of managing the risks associated with this type of work. Finally, it looks at other facets of delivering work to high risk young people, from partnership working through to monitoring, tracking and evaluating individuals.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers and those working with high risk or vulnerable participant groups.

Learning outcomes

  • Defining and understanding the term ‘high risk’
  • Developing strategies to engage this group
  • Devising positive exit routes and progression pathways
  • The importance of partnership and multi-agency working

Conflict resolution

Aims

This course examines the core skills of conflict resolution using interactive approaches to explore the reasons why conflict happens and how to better understand the choices people make in the moment.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers aged 16+ with an interest in understanding conflict and those working in community based settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding conflict
  • Understanding our own ‘red flags’ and what causes us to react
  • Skills in understanding choices and reactions
  • Managing conflict

Working with challenging behaviour

Aims

This course explores the causes of challenging behaviour, how to manage it and move forward positively. The course will also consider strategies to engage such groups and effective ways of enabling learning.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers, play workers and those working in community based settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding challenging behaviour
  • Skills in managing behaviour
  • Being aware of risks and ways of minimising them
  • Identifying learning styles

Being a role model for equalities and diversity

Aims

The course creates a better understanding of equality and diversity issues, providing practical advice for dealing with them in a work environment. It equips participants with the skills to understand and appreciate differences, including culture, language and image. It identifies our own attitudes and prejudices, explores our values and opinions, and examines how our actions and language can influence others, potentially in a negative way. It also includes tactics for communicating and managing these issues and provides methods for helping young people to gain the best out of equality and diversity.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers, play workers, those working in community-based settings and young people aged 16+ with an interest in working in community environments.

This course can be run as a half or full day and can be tailored for both professional coach development workshops, or for first time entrants to training in this field of work.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding equalities and diversity issues
  • Being a positive role model
  • Challenging our own perceptions and assumptions
  • Working from a position of enquiry

Developing a peer mentoring project

Aims

The course explains how mentoring works, the benefits it can bring, key skills identification and the management of peer mentors and mentees.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, and volunteers aged 16+ with an interest in peer education and those working in community based settings.

This course can be run as a half or full day and can be tailored for both professional coach development workshops, or for first time entrants to training in this field of work.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding what mentoring is
  • How to set up a peer mentoring programme
  • Risk factors in this type of programme and how to manage them
  • How to support both peer mentors and mentees

Developing and managing a volunteering programme

Aims

This course will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to recruit and develop volunteers and understand how to best utilise the contributions individuals can make.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers, play workers, and those working in community based settings.

This course can be run as a half or full day and can be tailored for both professional coach development workshops, or for first time entrants to training in this field of work.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding and appreciating volunteers
  • The commitment to volunteering responsibilities
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Identifying exit and progression routes

Partnership and multi-agency working

Aims

This course will enable participants to understand the drivers behind multi-agency approaches to working, how partnerships can be positive and the ability to recognise issues that may arise. This course will also look at the roles and responsibilities of the ’lead’ agency in a partnership setting.

Target groups

Anyone who undertakes partnership work or works in a multi-agency setting. This course can delivered as a half or full day and can be tailored for both professional coach development workshops, or for first time entrants to training in this field of work.

Learning outcomes

  • Establishing terms of reference and agreed ways of working
  • Problem solving and sustaining partnerships
  • Roles of partners and managing accountability
  • Pros and cons

Successful project management

Aims

This course will provide participants with basic project management skills and knowledge of project structure, planning, implementation and closure.

Target groups

Individuals who have responsibility for managing, developing and delivering time limited projects.

This course can only delivered as a full day and can be tailored for both professional coach development workshops, or for first time entrants to training in this field of work.

Learning outcomes

  • Using project management tools to manage a project, from the business case, to project brief, project plan, timescales and budgets
  • Key skills in project management
  • The role of the project manager
  • The importance of using a framework

Training the trainer: working with high risk young people, gangs, weapons and knife crime

Aims

This course will enable participants to acquire skills in designing training courses or workshops with a focus on gangs and weapons, as well as resolution. The skills are transferable and all participants will have the ability to share their learning through delivering training to their teams and peers.

Target groups

This course is aimed at those who want to develop skills in delivering training to peer mentors, part-time coaches and volunteers working with high-risk or vulnerable client groups. It is not suitable for first time entrants to youth work or coaching.

This course can only be delivered as a full day and can be tailored for both professional coach development workshops or for youth workers delivering in this field.

Learning outcomes

  • Developing a range of transferable skills
  • Understanding issues and drivers for young people
  • Conflict resolution skills and how to pass on this learning
  • Sustaining engagement, understanding learning styles and managing groups

Conflict Resolution

Aims

This course looks at key skills within conflict resolution using interactive approaches to explore the reasons why conflict happens and how to better understand the choices people make in the moment.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers aged 16+ with an interest in understanding conflict and those working in community based settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding conflict
  • Understanding our own triggers and what causes us to react
  • Rehearsing skills that enable us to understand what choices we have in the moment
  • Managing situations that we struggle with

Understanding Challenging Behaviour

Aims

This course explores the causes of challenging behaviour, how to manage it and move forward positively. The course will also consider strategies to engage such groups and effective ways of enabling learning.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers, play workers and those working in community based settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding challenging behaviour
  • Skills in managing behaviour
  • Being aware of risks and ways of minimising them
  • Identifying learning styles

What is a gang?

Aims

This course seeks to define the term ‘gang’ and provides an insight into working with young people who are involved in or are on the periphery of gang membership. This is a highly interactive course and requires full participation from all participants. The course will touch on 4 areas of young people’s lives:

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers and those working in community based settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of being involved in gangs
  • Examining own current practice
  • Understanding elements of young people’s lives that may encourage them to make choices about gangs and involvement

Young people and alcohol

Aims

This course examines the physical and mental effects of alcohol on people. It looks at barriers for young people in engaging in treatment and provides tools to work with and engage young people to help reduce alcohol use.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers and those working in community based settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding impact of alcohol
  • Knowledge of ‘safe limits’
  • Identifying barriers to young people’s engagement
  • Tools to work with young people to reduce use

Young people and skunk/cannabis

Aims

This course examines the differences between these two substances and investigates both the physical and mental effects they have. The course will also look at minimising harm, effects of long term use, consequences and strategies to help young people.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers and those working in community based settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding what these substances are
  • Recognising signs and symptoms of use
  • Dispelling myths
  • Harm minimisation
  • Tools and strategies to help young people reduce use

Drug awareness

Aims

This course looks at the most popular drugs used by young people at this present time. The course looks at how they are acquired and used, cost street names and effects. The course also looks at long and short term consequences of drug use.

Target groups

Sports coaches, youth and community workers, volunteers and those working in community based settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding what these substances are
  • Recognising signs and symptoms of use
  • Harm minimisation
  • Tools and strategies to help young people reduce use
  • Impact on physical and mental health

Organisational skills

Aims

This course is aimed at young people aged 14+ to enable them to develop good organisational skills that are also key life skills. The course will look at time thieves, setting SMART goals/objectives, manage time effectively and prioritise.

Target groups

Primarily aimed at young people/volunteers aged 14+.

Learning outcomes

  • Confidently plan workload
  • Understand and use the SMART concept to set goals/objectives
  • Manage time effectively
  • Prioritise
  • Learn how to say ‘no’

Facilitation skills

Aims

This course is aimed at young people aged 14+ to enable them to understand facilitation and the role of a facilitator. The course will build confidence amongst young people and through interactive activities, give them an opportunity to practice facilitation skills in a safe environment. The course will support young people to build their own self-confidence and gain skills in peer facilitation.

Target groups

Primarily aimed at young people/volunteers aged 14+.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand facilitation and the role of a facilitator
  • Recognise the difference between facilitation and training
  • Recognise the traits of a good facilitator
  • Build self confidence

Presentation Skills

Aims

This course is aimed at young people aged 14+ to enable them to build confidence in delivering presentations and public speaking. The course is interactive and uses a combination of large and small group work, exercises and games and video.

Target groups

Primarily aimed at young people/volunteers aged 14+.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the principles and structure of an effective presentation
  • Demonstrate public speaking skills and how to cope with nerves
  • Plan and deliver a presentation
  • Respond to and engage audience
  • Back up plans – what to do if it is all going wrong