Free Training in Mental Health First Aid

Here’s a training offer from Stronger Communities, which will hopefully be useful to some of you:


Free Training in Mental Health First Aid:   ‘Of-Qual Regulated First Aid for Mental Health Training Course.’


NYCC are funding this opportunity for participants living / working in and across North Yorkshire to attend online. There will be multiple courses run, currently one course has been arranged to take place Wednesday 1st July. Training will be delivered by Simon Richardson from Golden Tree Wellbeing CIC. Duration of training is 2 hours and there are 20 spaces currently available.


I have attached a PDF with further information that can be shared regarding the course – this include course structure and content.


Individuals interested will need to contact Simon directly at to register their place if you or the individuals / groups you are working with currently have any questions please also direct these to Simon.



Stats showing how much we’ve all helped:


The past couple of months, I have asked if you would be willing to share a summary of number of shopping trips done / prescriptions collected  etc.    This is so that NYCC are aware just how much is happening on the ground in each area and so that the scale of need and community support is understood and gets recognized.   Harrogate is often perceived as a wealthy area in North Yorkshire and we all know that whilst that’s true for some, there is a huge underlying need for support for an increasing number of people.   Decision-makers need to be aware of just how broad that need is, and how quickly it is changing, so that they have the full facts and aren’t basing their decisions on old assumptions.


If you are happy for me to include your community’s efforts when I report to the County, then please could you let me have your figures for following, for the whole of June this time, (rather than just a one week snapshot as we’ve done before), by the end of Friday 3rd July if possible?

  • Number of shopping trips arranged in June
  • Number of prescriptions collected in June
  • Number of people receiving a regular wellbeing call in June
  • Number of food parcels delivered in June
  • Number of meals delivered in June
  • Anything else you’d like to share about how you’ve been supporting people.



Looking to the future:


And finally, I’m sure that some of your volunteers are returning to work  over the coming weeks and others may be less available than they have been recently.  Many of you will be in a good position to continue to support people in the way that you have been these past months or years, but some of you may perhaps need to scale things back over time.  If you would like us to step up our support in your area to enable you to reduce your group’s involvement, then please do get in touch and we’d be happy to work with you.    Equally, if some of you are keen to continue and do more, then get in touch and we will try and share opportunities to work on things to benefit the wider community wherever possible.