Training Opportunities

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    Course outline:

    Inclusion Needs You – five sessions aimed at staff and volunteers who work with young people but may not be used to welcoming disabled children or young people into their activities. An ideal course to start exploring inclusion, wherever you are working.

    1. Introduction to Inclusion – Fun and thought-provoking day. Run by a disabled and non-disabled trainer together. It looks at what we mean by inclusion and disability; the attitudes that we bring to working with disabled children, and how to think creatively to respond effectively to individual young people’s particular requirements.


    1. Practical Inclusion – A day with lots of games for everyone to have a go at and then to reflect on – Is it inclusive? How would we make it inclusive? And some more general thinking about the practicalities of including everyone and what that might mean.

    1. Autism awareness – This 3 hour session is delivered by the National Autistic Society. Gives insights into children with autistic spectrum disorders and offers guidance on responding helpfully to the individual ways in which the condition manifests itself.


    1. Total Communication – This 2 hour session is delivered by staff from GCC’s Early Help Team. This training explores the importance of empowering each individual to communicate effectively through a range of methods such as signing and symbol use. You can choose to attend a second session which will develop your understanding of visual aids such as symbols and the role of communicative partners.


    1. Positive Behavioural Support – This 3 hour session will help you understand how you might be able to prevent some challenging behaviour from occurring and how best to respond if it does occur, especially amongst children and young people who have learning difficulties/disabilities.


    Course outline:

    ‘What Can We Do To Be More Inclusive?’ is a down to earth three hour course for people with responsibility for the development of the organisation they work for. It is designed for small community based organisations and for managers, leaders, committee members and anyone with a designated role or particular interest in equality, diversity and inclusion.

    The course can be run as an introduction for those unused to thinking about including disabled people within their group, club, setting or activity provision. It can also be run as a follow-up for those who have done our Inclusion Needs You training and wish to have some help in applying their learning to their own setting.

    The course is led by a disabled and non-disabled trainer pair. It links closely with our new Inclusive Award, which enables groups and organisations to gain recognition for their determination to be inclusive of disabled people.

    Main topics covered include: 

    Publicity, Marketing and Communications

    Policy and Procedures

    Your leaders – staff or volunteers

    The Facilities and Staffing Support

    The Programme




    Jane Douch – Active Impact – 01453 298337 – 

    Course outline: Active Gloucestershire offer a variety of courses including:

     Inclusive Community Training. This three hour practical training is aimed at staff and volunteers working with disabled people who have little or no knowledge of sports and adapting physical activities for disabled people.

    Inclusive Marketing and Communications. The course looks at how you can market your opportunities to disabled people in an accessible way which also encourages people to take up activity.

    Let’s Play. Our Let’s Play training offers training to people interested in running some fun community based activities including Boccia, Soft fun Bowls and New Age Curling. As a part of the training we provide a free equipment loan scheme giving you all the equipment you need to start getting your group active. We will then work with your group to help get you funding so that you have your own equipment! This is a free programme with no cost.

    Mental health awareness for sport and physical activity.  This 3 hour course is aimed at people who want to know more about mental health in the context of physical activity and sport. You will gain knowledge and awareness of mental health and leave with some practical knowledge about running activities for people with mental health issues.

    Disability Sports courses. Throughout the year Active Gloucestershire run a series of disability specific courses, for example the Boccia Leaders Couse. These courses will give you an understanding of how to deliver a high quality session of disability sport to participants.

    Wheelchair Skills and Awareness. A practical day long course looking at physical activity and wheelchair users with the aim of improving independent mobility. The course can be adapted for professionals (for example O.T’s, Physios, Wheelchair Services) and is also delivered to young wheelchair users and their families.

    Safeguarding. Active Gloucestershire run regular safeguarding courses, details of which can be found on our website.

    First Aid. Active Gloucestershire run regular first aid courses. Details of these are available on the website.

    More details:

    Active Gloucestershire will be developing a rolling programme of courses and these will be available on our website –

    For further information please contact


    Course outline

    Positive behavioural support approaches have become established as the preferred approach when working with people who exhibit behaviours described as challenging.

    Positive behavioural support is fundamentally rooted in person centred values, aiming to enhance community presence, increasing personal skills and competence, and placing emphasis on respect for the individual being supported.

    Tier 1: General awareness training. This can be done online without facilitation from a trainer, or it can be accessed as a facilitated course. 

    Tier 2: Positive Behavioural Support Training

    The Positive Response Training provided by the team includes:

    • What Positive Behavioural Support is
    • The behavioural model (setting events, antecedents, reinforcement, punishment and extinction)
    • Making different types of assessments and interventions
    • Evidence of how an intervention is working

    This course runs for two consecutive full days and provides accreditation that can be mapped against NVQ’s and other qualifications.  Two versions of the course are available, one focusing on adult provision and the other on early years and young people. Training can be provided to a whole service, or single practitioners can attend one of several courses running throughout the year. 

    Tier 3: Positive Behaviour Management Plus

    This workshop will equip you with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to implement Positive Behaviour Management Plus (PBMplus) in your workplace. The course is based on the needs identified within your service.  The first day and a half provides an introduction to PBMplus theory and covers topics including positive behavioural support, primary prevention and secondary prevention.  The second day and a half features tuition in PBMplus practical techniques. The focus is on the use of personal space (proxemics), self-protective procedures, breakaway techniques and where necessary safe holds. 

    Tuition methods will include direct instruction, modelling, and repeated practice. Your participation will be continuously assessed during the course.   This course runs for three full days and provides accreditation that can be mapped against NVQ’s and other qualifications. 

    For more details contact: or 

    Gloucestershire Deaf Association offers bespoke Deaf Awareness Training for organisations across the county.  Contact them to find out more.  

    Tel: 01452 372999



    Course outline:

    The Advisory Teaching Service offers a range of specialist courses in SEN/D to improve children’s outcomes and develop the capacity of schools and settings to promote access and inclusion.

    Courses may be held centrally in Gloucester, in local areas or in the setting which the child or young person attends.  There are packages of training but bespoke training to meet the needs of individual children can also be delivered.

    More details:    Advisory Teaching Service courses can be viewed at


    Gloucestershire Total Communication (GTC) is an organisation committed to supporting individuals who use a range of communication methods in addition to speech.

    Course outline:

    Course One (2 x 2 hour sessions)

    An introduction to using a range of communication methods including signs and symbols to support speech or as an alternative to speech.

    This course is suitable for anyone in the community wishing to increase their skills in this area.

    Course Two (1 day)

    To extend knowledge and skills in Total Communication. (Must have completed Course One)

    Course Three (1 day)

    For practitioners wanting to deliver the content of Course One Total Communication to their work place team.  (Must have completed Course One and Two)

    More details:



    There is a variety of training specifically for those working in the early years – especially training for SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) organised through the County Council’s Early Years Team.

    Course outline:

    The SENCO training is offered every term and consists of four sessions – two evening sessions, one full day session (Saturday) and a half day session (Saturday) to discuss the graduated pathway and paperwork. The training gives SENCOs the opportunity to consider their role and the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to successfully carry out their role in their setting. It also seeks to build a community of good practice between SENCOs/settings to ensure there is an extra layer of support and an opportunity for professional dialogue when and if required. There has been a cost attached to the SENCO training from September 2017 of £50

    More details, including guidance for completing a booking form and for payment.    

    or email enquiries to:


    Course outline: 

    Facilitated by the National Autistic Society and funded by Gloucestershire County Council, we run a multi-layered training programme for staff supporting people with autism. Our autism training programme is open to all Health and Social Care staff in Gloucestershire including those in the Voluntary and Independent sector. The content for these training sessions has recently been updated in line with the updated Autism strategy ‘Think Autism’.

    Training workshops are open to staff supporting adults or young people (14+) going through transition. 

    Basic Awareness Induction

    E-Learning package: Understanding Autism – FREE to anyone living or working within Gloucestershire. 

    Autistic Spectrum Disorder Awareness

    This 3 hour face to face course delivered by a trainer from the National Autistic Society (NAS) provides an introduction to the autism spectrum. Recognising and understanding the key areas of difficulty experienced by individuals on the autism spectrum is vital to providing effective support.

    You must complete the ‘Understanding Autism’ e-learning programme prior to attendance. 

    Supporting Adults with Autism – Level 2

    This one day training session further develops delegates’ understanding of autism. You must have attended the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Awareness Training.

    It focuses on providing effective support for adults with autism, using the National Autistic Society’s evidence based SPELL framework. (STRUCTURE, POSITIVE, EMPATHY, LOW AROUSAL, LINKS). It will look at:

    • Enhancing motivation, confidence and self- esteem and enabling people with autism to make a positive contribution. Promoting choice and control for the individual.
    • Understanding behaviours which can inhibit progress or impair quality of life or health.
    • Understanding the importance of the environment and knowledge of ways to enhance concentration or remove distractions .
    • Understanding of communication strategies to support people with autism.
    • Placing the individual at the centre of thinking about autism and matching support to meet the person’s needs.
    • An overview of key laws and policies relating to supporting an adult with autism and what they mean in practice.
    • Sources of further information or advice to aid supporting an individual with autism.

    Autistic Spectrum Disorder for Practitioners

    Level Two – Autistic Spectrum Disorder for Practitioners undertaking social care assessments.

    This one day programme is aimed specifically at staff with responsibility for undertaking adult social care assessments including social workers, care managers and team managers from these settings. Delegates need to have completed the ‘Autism Awareness’ course before undertaking this training.

    The session develops delegates’ understanding of autism and associated policy and looks at how to use the NAS’s SPELL (Structure, Positive, Empathy, Low arousal, Links) framework to undertake effective social care assessments for people with autism.

    More details:   Email:    Twitter: @glosautism