Training and Groups

Our workshops use involving, energising and evidence-based techniques to empower vulnerable people to improve their wellbeing and staff and volunteers to support their communities. Have a look below for details of some of our courses.

“Very good practical elements through the course to do things and experience learning. Hugely organised, there was never a point that I felt things were not useful.It has been a highly developed, professional course. The pace has been brilliant and everyone has had the opportunity to experience the learning. Extremely happy :)”
Leeds City College staff 

“It’s given me more confidence on mental health issues – now I’m planning to lead sessions with my team on stress and relaxation”
Housing Leeds staff 

“It’s good to talk about problems, listening and sharing helps tremendously, it gives you more confidence in dealing with situations.”

“I’ve made new friends, it’s helped me get back on track and I’ve started volunteering in the library, for a dementia group and helping out with refugees. Brilliant trainers.”

Free Women’s Wellbeing Online Course tailored for your members!

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Humans Being has been funded to provide online wellbeing courses for groups of women. The courses are run online using Zoom and are aimed at any group of women in Leeds that may benefit from learning wellbeing skills and connecting and sharing with others. These include: older women; BAME women; women dealing with mild or moderate anxiety or depression; domestic violence survivors; refugees and asylum seekers; mothers; isolated women. 

The sessions

The sessions will be run by our facilitator, Laura. They are informal and participatory and encourage women to find their strengths and make changes that will improve their wellbeing. The topics we cover are open to group suggestions usually include:

  • Putting yourself first
  • Focusing on the positives in our lives
  • Assertiveness and setting boundaries
  • The role of gender stereotypes on women, how to be aware of this and challenge it in lockdown
  • Dealing with stress and relaxation techniques

We also give support to people who are not used to using video conferencing software to help them get a reliable connection.

Outcomes – what participants get out of the course

Everyone will find their own ways of using the sessions, but we hope that they will all benefit from:

  • Improved mental wellbeing and better ways of dealing with stress
  • More confidence and assertiveness
  • Connecting, respecting and communicating better with other people
  • Feeling less isolated through connecting and sharing with other women

Some feedback from women who’ve been on previous Humans Being Courses:

“It’s made me into a stronger person inside and that’s happened over just a few weeks!”

“Before the course I just felt so lonely and I felt like I wasn’t good enough and the life I was setting out for my daughters wasn’t good enough. At one point I felt like I was in a prison cell and I felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone. I felt like everyone around me was really scared and wanted me to be quiet and sweep me under the carpet and get on. So, what I decided to do was to reach out and I joined the Humans Being course. But in this group like…I have been able to ask questions out loud and connect with human beings.  From doing stuff with you, I’m now doing stuff at Uni! I know I’m succeeding. I would never have said that before this course.”

“The way I think about things has changed. Before the course I didn’t think about myself first. I didn’t used to think about my health before the course but now I do – both mental and physical health.”

 

What we need from partner organisations

  • Consult with your users about what they’d like from a course
  • Support 6 – 10 women to enrol on the course
  • One staff member to attend the first session (minimum but they’re welcome to attend all sessions)
  • Be available to discuss progress of the participants and any potential safeguarding concerns
  • Give feedback to us on how you think the women have benefited  

 

About the tutor – Laura Elson

Laura has been delivering courses in the charity sector for over 10 years and has worked with several women’s organisations in the city and nationally on projects designed to allow women to reflect and feel empowered. Laura is experienced at creating welcoming inclusive online workshops that are supportive, positive and thought provoking.

Please contact laura@humansbeing.org.uk for more information

Free Suicide Prevention Training for Community Care Volunteers

A free course for community care and food distribution staff and volunteers either living or working in the following postcode areas of Leeds: LS6, LS8, LS9, LS11, LS12, LS13, LS14, LS15, LS16, LS17, LS19, LS25, LS27 and LS28. These postcodes cover the areas where most deaths by suicide occur. 

 

In Leeds, men are around five times more likely to die by suicide than women. There are deep concerns that the isolation, job losses, illness and bereavement brought by the covid pandemic will result in a increase in mental ill health and suicide. But the army of volunteers and staff that are supporting the most vulnerable in Leeds can provide not basic necessities but a vital lifeline that connects people to the services that will help keep them safe and well during this difficult time.

Using case studies, practice and discussion, the training will cover: from small talk to real change – how to have conversations on the doorstep that make a difference; suicide risk – recognising invitations for help and connecting people to sources of help; keeping yourself safe and well in stressful situations. Anyone attending the training will be able to join follow-up sessions covering other aspects of supporting wellbeing.

This training is funded by Leeds Community Foundation.

Where

Online – Zoom sessions.

Learning outcomes

Discover simple ways to make your doorstep chats with vulnerable or isolated men into conversations that create real change. Learn to spot the signs of suicide risk and to connect men to sources of help. Improve your confidence to talk openly with men about distress  and isolation and enable them to connect to opportunities to improve their wellbeing.

Cost

Free to any staff or volunteers resident, working in community outreach, food banks or food distribution in the following areas of Leeds: LS6, LS8, LS9, LS11, LS12, LS13, LS14, LS15, LS16, LS17, LS19, LS25, LS27 and LS28. These postcodes cover the areas where most deaths by suicide occur.

Suitable for 

Volunteers and staff who are involved in the Community Care Volunteering Programme. Especially those delivering essential supplies to vulnerable members of the community.

When

Various times – please go to Doing Good Leeds for details and to join.

 

The Long Distance Social Club

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During the corona virus crisis we’re all struggling in different ways, but it’s also a good opportunity to sit down, have a chat, socialise and support each other.
The Long Distance Social Club sessions are a way for men to chat as a group using the video meeting system Zoom. Each week, there will be a different theme and some exercises that will get you thinking about what will help you to keep on top of things in this strange time.
To join, you will need either:
  • A smart phone, or
  • A tablet, or
  • A computer with a camera
  • The free Zoom software (if you can’t or run it from your internet browser).
New to video chats? I’ll send you step-by-step instructions on how to use Zoom from your smart phone, tablet or computer. If you get stuck I’ll give you a bell and talk you through it.

 

This group is for men who live in the following Leeds areas: LS6, LS8, LS9, LS11, LS12, LS13, LS14, LS15, LS16, LS17, LS19, LS25, LS27 and LS28.  Thanks to Leeds Community Foundation for funding the project.
Click here to sign up:
Join the Thursday afternoon Long Distance Social Club
You can skip this if you’ve already done one of these sessions or any other group or course with Humans Being – just drop me a line at duncan@humansbeing.org.uk to let me know you’d like to join and on which day.

Past courses…

Cafe Connections – How to Support Vulnerable Men in Community Cafes

A five week course for staff and volunteers at Toast Love Coffee, 13 Harehills Rd, LS8 5HR. 

Tuesdays 10am – 12pm  for 5 weeks starting 8th October. Last session 12th November (break 29th Oct for half term).

Please contact Natalie at TLC on 0779 3097215 or ask at the cafe to book your place. 

What creates good mental health? Looking at ourselves, our communities and the evidence to understand what keeps us mentally healthy.

Men – risks and opportunities – sometimes it’s hard for men to connect and reach out for help – we’ll look at what works for us and those around us.

Conversations that make a difference – using listening skills to help people connect and see things in a different way.

Creating a ‘suicide safer’ community – how to recognise signs of suicide risk and connect people to help.

Supporting your own wellbeing – keeping yourself safe and well when dealing with stressful situations.

Our Lives, Our Choices – with Time to Change

Seven two-hour sessions looking at:

  • Speaking with confidence, listening with respect – standing up for ourselves without falling out with others; setting boundaries and knowing your rights; assertiveness tips and tricks for real life.
  • Working as a team – understanding and respecting everyone’s strengths and opinions and celebrating success and diversity; exploring unconscious bias. 
  • Running good meetings – creating a ‘Thinking Environment’ that is inclusive, clear, informative and empowering.
  • Self-care –  putting the Five Ways to Wellbeing into practices in your daily life to build resilience for tough times.
  • Self-esteem – learning to treat your mind and body as if you were acting like your own best friend; seeing the good in yourself and those around you. 
  • Setting goals and making changes – what really matters to you as a team, what you would like to change and how to make a start. 

Venue TBC  Thursdays 10am – 12pm 17th Oct –  5th Dec 2019 

This course is for Time to Change Leeds volunteers. Please contact us for more details

 

Our Lives, Our Choices in Gipton

A free six-week course for a more confident you

Relaxed two-hour sessions looking at:

  • Stress – what it is, where it comes from and tricks and tools for feeling more relaxed.
  • Speaking with confidence, listening with respect – how can we stand up for ourselves without falling out with others?
  • Being real to yourself – dealing with the growing expectations of being a ‘real man’ or ‘real woman’ and sticking to our real selves. 
  • Self-esteem – learning to treat your mind and body as if you were acting like your own best friend.
  • Setting goals and making changes – what really matters to you, what you would like to change and how to make a start. 

No pressure, no charge and free refreshments!

Henry Barron Centre, 14 Amberton Grove, Gipton, Leeds LS8 3JL

Thursdays 10am – 12pm, 12th Sept –  24th Oct 2019

To book your free place please contact Space 2  on 0113 320 0159

OUR LIVES, OUR CHOICES WITH GARFORTH LIBRARY
A free seven-week course for a more confident you

Relaxed two-hour sessions looking at:

  • Stress – what it is, where it comes from and tricks and tools for feeling more relaxed.
  • Speaking with confidence, listening with respect – how can we stand up for ourselves without falling out with others?
  • Being real to yourself – dealing with the growing expectations of being a ‘real man’ or ‘real woman’ and sticking to our real selves. 
  • Self-esteem – learning to treat your mind and body as if you were acting like your own best friend.
  • Setting goals and making changes – what really matters to you, what you would like to change and how to make a start. 

No pressure, no charge and free refreshments!

Garforth Library, Lidgett Lane, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1EH

Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm, 4th June – 16 July 2019

To book your free place please contact Garforth Library on 0113 3368950 or email libraryenquiries@leeds.gov.uk

Mental Wellbeing Group Facilitator Training

A free five-week training course for people who would like to get the skills to co-facilitate mental wellbeing sessions and use their own experience to help create a new way of looking at mental health.

Venue: Space 2, The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, Leeds LS9 6NL

Dates: Thursdays 10am – 12pm From 25th April 2019 for 5 weeks

Cost: Free

Expenses: We can pay your travel expenses to and from the course and we’ll provide some snacks and tea too.

Who it’s for

The course is for people who are interested in co-facilitating one of our short mental wellbeing courses. Humans Being goes into colleges, workplaces and community organisations to run workshops and courses where people can look at the influence of gender stereotypes and the pressures they feel to behave in certain ways. This gives them a chance to think again about who they really are as human beings, what they really value and the changes they would like to make. We provide tools that can help them achieve these changes – tried and tested methods from coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and assertiveness training.

You will use your personal experiences to explore what has helped you in the past and look at the strengths and skills you have that could help others feel more calm, confident and positive. It will be useful to anyone interested in a career in mental wellbeing, group work or training.  

What you will get out of it

Facilitating sessions and knowing that you’ve been a part of something that changes people’s lives is a fantastic feeling. But it can also be challenging, frustrating, upsetting and nerve-wracking. This course will show you some tried-and-tested techniques for making groups run smoothly, building your confidence and looking after your own wellbeing as you do it.

When you’ve finished the training – getting a position on course

When you’ve finished the training you can put your skills into practice in one of our courses. We run these all over Leeds and can find a time and place that suits you. You’ll lead one of these groups with a member of staff, receiving ongoing support and feedback. You will be able to choose the sessions to suit you, take breaks and get support when you need to.

 

The course week-by-week

  1. Week one – introductions and aims
  • Our skills, experiences and hopes for the course
  • Overview of topics and exercises
  • Exploring the links between gender and mental wellbeing
  • The principles and tools behind our approach

 

  1. Using your experience to create new activities
  • Theory of change exercise
  • Exploring what helps you in you life and how we can use in the course
  • Recognising your strengths and skills and how to put them into practice

 

  1. Facilitation basics
  • The role of the facilitator
  • Using ground rules in practice
  • Developing listening skills that help others think better

 

  1. Creating a relaxed and positive atmosphere
  • How to use relaxations and meditations
  • Encouraging and appreciating contributions
  • Moving the session along with sensitivity

 

  1. Keeping it calm, keeping it safe
  • Safeguarding basics
  • How to dealing sensitively with distressed participants
  • Your boundaries as a facilitator
  • What do you want to do next


“Go on this course, it will help you with your depression or anxiety, you will meet other people and you will get a lot out of it – it’s made me a stronger person inside in just a few weeks!”

Lincoln Green participant, Feb 2019

 

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