Mental Health First Aid Training, Health Champion Training,Mentor Training, Royal Society for Public Health information,  and Carden Street Training and Enterprise Centre information. If you are interested in further information for any of these, please contact Ann Constable by  email

Mental Health First Aid Training

First Aid is the help given to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

While people often know a lot about common physical health problems, there is widespread ignorance of mental health problems. This ignorance adds to stigmatising attitudes and prevents people from seeking help early and seeking the best sort of help. It also prevents people providing appropriate support to colleagues and family members, simply because they do not know how.

The most common and disabling mental health problems are depression, anxiety disorders and psychotic disorders. Mental health problems are very common. In any one year about one in four adults experience a mental health problem. Many people suffer mental ill health for a long time before they seek help. Alcohol and drug problems can often occur with depression, anxiety and psychosis

As part of the YSS Bradley Project, we have invested in training two of our mental health development workers to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training for YSS staff and volunteers, partner agencies and other voluntary organisations. This enables front line practitioners and volunteers to spot the early signs of a mental health problem, feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem, provide help on a first aid basis, help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others, help stop a mental illness from getting worse, help someone recover faster, guide someone towards the right support and reduce the stigma of mental health problems.

Health Champion Training

YSS have a team of Health Champion trainers (consisting of YSS staff and volunteers as well as staff from West Mercia Probation Trust)  qualified to deliver a level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement. This qualification is aimed at organisations with an interest in the health and wellbeing of their workforce and customer/client groups. It provides an ideal way of equipping key staff with basic health advice and methods of support which they can then use to inform and assist colleagues and/or customers.

This short Level 2 award has been developed in support of the wider Health Trainer role identified in the 2004 government white paper “Choosing health: Making healthy choices”. Holders of this level 2 qualification will have the underpinning knowledge and understanding necessary to work effectively in helping people who need support and encouragement to make positive changes in their lives, including how to help them access further assistance (in, for example, identifying barriers to change, and setting goals) towards the objective of adopting and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. The programme is usually delivered over one day and assessment for the qualification is by a 45 minute multiple-choice examination consisting of 30 multiple choice questions.

If you are interested in finding out more about this scheme please contact Ann Constable on 01299 252304 or email

 Mentor Training

YSS has a team of mentor trainers, we have been recruiting and training volunteer mentors for 10 years. We are members of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (MBF) and all the processes around the recruitment, training and support of volunteer mentors has been externally accredited through the MBF  “Approved Provider”  scheme. The 2 day mentor training course is run at times and places that suit the delegates including weekends (they are usually held on consecutive Saturdays).

The course includes:

•              An understanding of the role of a Mentor and its boundaries

•              An understanding of the particular issues your Mentee may face

•              An understanding of risk issues,  health and safety and safeguarding

•              An understanding of how to motivate people and build effective relationships

For more information please contact Carole Blake, Senior Volunteer Co-ordinator , 07967 092628,

Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)

YSS became a registered UK centre in 2011, approved to run RSPH (Royal Society for Public Health) qualifications. The RSPH  is an awarding body regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualification and Examinations Regulator, formerly QCA), independent regulator of qualifications and examinations in the UK. As an awarding body the RSPH has to ensure its qualifications are of high quality, fit for purpose and command public confidence.

Carden Street Training and Enterprise Centre

Carden Street is a unique YSS Training and Enterprise Centre, located in the heart of Worcester city providing a range of services for YSS staff, volunteers, service users and partner agencies.  The centre is in close walking distance of both of the Worcester train stations, bus station and city centre based services. Much of our direct local education, vocational training and employment development work for service users takes place here including 1-2-1 work and group work.

Carden Street is also used for volunteer training, volunteer support meetings, client counselling, staff meetings, service user days and partnership meetings.

Carpentry area in the Construction Hall

The centre is 10,000 sq feet and has fully functional and equipped designated training areas including:

Purpose built construction hall able to deliver carpentry/ painting and decorating, and furniture  recycling  with a paint shop.

Within the site there is a Training  room, Counselling room and  Office accommodation.




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