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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

Training opportunities for Cree staff and volunteers

We have collated a list of training opportunities for Cree groups to access to support delivery. The training courses offer staff/volunteers opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills in health and community related subjects relevant to the voluntary and community sector.


Training course


Level of training

Target Audience

How to access

Durham Community Action

A series of online workshops to assist voluntary and community organisations with volunteer management, consultation and engagement, strategic planning, operational and financial management. All sessions are currently fully funded.

Examples include:

  • Understanding Safeguarding
  • Volunteers and the Law
  • Understanding GDPR
  • Managing Risk
  • Completing a funding application
  • Community Engagement
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Protecting your Charity's Finances
  • Understanding Trustee Responsibilities & Good Governance
  • Setting up a new group
  • Volunteer Boundaries
General awarenessVolunteer led and volunteer involving and community groups and organisations (Trustees /Staff/Volunteers)Durham Community Action: DCA Training

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)


MECC is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with people to support them to make positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. The course will cover:

  • How to have a conversation
  • The 4 A's of MECC (Ask, Assess, Advise, Act)
  • Key topics and sources of support (Smoking, alcohol, financial awareness, healthy eating, drugs, mental health, physical activity and domestic abuse)
  • Supporting staff/volunteers own health and wellbeing
  • Available support



Frontline staff
Vpluntary Community Sector (VCS) staff
Community groups

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Wellbeing for Life - Suicide Awareness


A workshop to enable people to become more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide by opening up conversations. This workshop is suitable for anyone who might come into contact with someone experiencing thoughts of suicide



General public, volunteers, frontline staff and community groups.


Wellbeing for Life: training courses

Tel: 0800 876 6887


Zero Suicide Alliance


An online training session which takes approximately 20 minutes. The session aims to give you the skills and confidence to help someone considering suicide. It focuses on breaking stigma and encouraging conversations.


General public, volunteers, frontline staff and community groups.

Zero Suicide Alliance: Training

If U Care Share - Suicide Training on Prevention (STOP)

STOP utilises our knowledge and experience to educate people on how we can best support people that have lost someone to suicide, whilst also looking at the signs that someone may be thinking about taking their own life.




If U Care Share: Training

Wellbeing for Life


(calendar updated regularly)


Provides a range of training relating to mental being including

  • Building Personal Resilience to Change
  • Basic Mental Health Awareness
  • Mental Health at Work
  • Connect 5 Mental Health MECC




General public, volunteers, frontline staff and community groups.

Available free to anyone who lives or works in County Durham


Wellbeing for Life: training courses

Public Health England via FutureLearn














PHE has launched two courses in Psychological First Aid

  • Psychological First Aid - COVID-19
  • Psychological First Aid - Supporting Children and Young people

The courses are free, delivered by distance learning and can be completed at your own pace and are expected to take between 90 minutes and 3 hours to complete.




General public, volunteers, frontline staff and community groups.


Future Learn: Psychology and Mental Health Courses

Durham County Council Financial Awareness

This workshop gives an introduction to financial awareness with topics that include


  • completing a financial audit
  • advice on energy switching
  • the dangers of short-term high cost credit
  • mortgage and bank accounts
  • financial resilience
  • where to get money advice




Email us at


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