Community training

Free courses for residents and groups

Trauma awareness, crime prevention, mental health training and training for those supporting young people are some of the free courses that residents and groups have been – and will be – benefitting from thanks to the Safer Keyham pot of money awarded by the Home Office.

The aim of the council’s Training and Resilience Plan is to help the community feel more resilient and equipped with different skills to support others. For example, the trauma awareness training will help survivor and victim recovery long-term while the crime prevention course promises to help attendees feel more secure.

Residents have already attended two trauma awareness sessions, an appreciative enquiry session, bystander training, and one crime prevention training session developed by Devon and Cornwall Police. Some of these have taken place in person and some online.

“I attended the trauma informed training session and I found it incredibly helpful,” said one Keyham resident. “It was cathartic and very respectful of the different experiences of attendees in the room. The people delivering the workshop were so experienced in dealing with the aftermath of trauma and in delivering this particular type of training. Acquiring the knowledge of how to think differently was really helpful.”

Besides more trauma awareness sessions, courses are planned over the next few weeks including a focus on mental health training and sessions for supporting young people.

Every successful applicant of the Keyham Community Sparks Grant will also receive some one-to-one training from the Plymouth Octopus Project (POP) which is delivering the grants in partnership with the council.

Alongside their grant applicants will enjoy the benefit of POP experts who will talk to them about their ideas, whether they want to join other networks or develop the idea into something else, and they will then receive follow-up support and be linked into funding workshops. For more details visit the Keyham Community Sparks Grant page.