Boingboing Workshops in Blackpool

Boingboing runs workshops in Blackpool on resilience. This is part of the HeadStart programme to support children and young people’s mental health.

Their courses are free to residents of Blackpool and practitioners who work or volunteer in Blackpool with young people aged 10-16, but spaces are limited, so if you would like to join them, please book early! People outside Blackpool can attend, however there will be a small charge to do so.

Please see information on some of their upcoming workshops below.
They’ve got even more dates coming soon, so don’t worry if you’re not able to attend these ones.

Bouncing Forward! Introduction to Resilience – Level 0
Wednesday 8th March
6pm-8pm @ Blackpool Central Library

What is it?
We will introduce you to Boingboing’s resilience principles that HeadStart is using in partnership with schools, community groups and charities to support young people and families across Blackpool. You can learn new ideas, meet others and see what opportunities are coming up in Blackpool.

Who’s it for?
Everybody! If you are under 12 and have learning difficulties, this might be tricky, but you can come anyway, it’s for anybody.


How do I book?
Just click HERE and follow the link to the Event Brite booking page.



Introduction to Resilient Therapy and Putting it into Practice (CPD) – Level 1
Tuesday 7th March/Monday 20th March
10am – 4.30pm @ Blackpool Central Library

What is it?

Find out about resilience and Resilient Therapy, a straightforward and strategic way of working with children, young people and families that builds capacity to manage life’s challenges more resiliently.

Who’s it for?
Anyone interested in supporting children and young people in Blackpool to be resilient, including practitioners, parents and young people. No previous experience needed.


How do I book?
Just click HERE (7th March) or HERE (20th March) and follow the link to the Event Brite booking page.



Practitioner Resilience (CPD) – Level 1/2
Tuesday 21st March
10am – 4.30pm @ Blackpool Central Library

What is it?
Whether you are newly qualified, experienced, facing uncertainty, change or striving for a work life balance, this training day will support you to explore your own resilience as a practitioner.

Who’s it for?
Social workers, teachers, practitioners supporting children and young people in Blackpool.


How do I book?
Just click HERE and follow the link to the Event Brite booking page.


They’re really flexible and try to vary what they do to support everybody’s learning needs – just let them know if there is anything they can do when you book through Event Brite.
If you fancy reading about theri resilience approach before coming to a course, both “Resilient Therapy” and “Helping Children with Complex Needs Bounce Back” are available to loan from Blackpool Central Library.

For further information on our training have a look at their website
For other enquiries please email


Training Opportunities for Volunteers at Trafford Hall

Trafford Hall are running several training courses over the coming months which may be of interest to you, or to volunteers you work with.

Trafford Hall in Chester is home to the National Communities Resource Centre, a charity in its 25th year of delivering quality training experiences to tenants of social housing and to community volunteers.  Their purpose is to empower and equip individuals and groups from across the UK with the skills and confidence they need to lead positive change in their neighbourhoods.

Their upcoming courses cover subjects ranging from Tackling Social Isolation, Gardening as a Community Enterprise, Introduction to Healthier Lifestyles, and many more. The courses are delivered by professional, qualified trainers who are extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields. The courses are informal and have no entry requirements; they are interactive, can be adapted to suit needs and abilities, and are focused on real-life implementation.

Please find attached a printable copy of the current programme, an onscreen version with links to specific sections on their website with details of each course.





Renaissance Training School

Book one of Renaissance at Drugline Blackpool and Lancashire’s Cutting Edge Training Sessions Today

• Half day commitment only
• Flexible timings
• They will come to you
• Open to any organisation in any area of the UK.
• Charities, public and private sectors

Renaissance training will increase knowledge and build confidence amongst attending groups.
All courses can be tailored to suit your specific needs.
It targets any areas of interest or concern you may have around the following subjects.
Sexual Health, BBV Awareness and Brief Advice
Drug and Alcohol Awareness including NPS
Sexual Violence Awareness
Domestic Abuse Awareness
Transgender Awareness

The training sessions will increase:
• Awareness and knowledge of all the very latest harm reduction information relating to drug and alcohol use including NPS – ‘legal highs’
• Your knowledge of risk factors associated with specific STI’s and BBV’s
• Increase your awareness of prevalent sexually transmitted infections
• Your knowledge of relevant local services
• Your awareness to access and refer to appropriate services

Course fees available on request

Contact their training school now at

Public Lifesaving Equipment on Rossall Beach

Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group have provided an Automatic External De­brillator (AED) adjacent to the shingle beach at Cleveleys for use by the public, and are inviting everyone to come to an information session at 3pm on Tuesday 5 April at Cleveleys Community Centre, to see how to use it should they need to in an emergency.

Your chance of surviving an out of hospital Cardiac Arrest is significantly improved up to 80% with early CPR and defibrillation;  without this, a person’s chance of surviving will decrease by 7-10% for every minute that treatment is delayed.

Jane Littlewood, Chair of the Group explains “The UK Resuscitation Council suggests that a defi­brillator should be available wherever medical treatment is more than 5 minutes away. Our beach is always such an incredibly busy place and next to an area of dense housing , so being able to provide this facility is a wonderful benefit to the many hundreds of visitors and local residents.”

The Rossall Beach Group has been working with the North West Ambulance Service to provide this piece of equipment for use by any member of the public in case of a medical emergency. Having dialled 999 for emergency assistance, the operator will provide, when deemed appropriate, a digital code to access the AED.

The commissioning process is underway and the AED is expected to be fully functional and ready for use early in April. One important part of this commissioning process is to make as many people as possible aware of what a defi­brillator is and what it can do.

David Hewitt, Group Secretary said “we would like to invite everyone to a familiarisation session which will cover basic life support skills and a demonstration of how to use the AED. It’s aimed at everyone who wishes to be familiar with an AED and is designed to remove fears about using one and give the user confi­dence.

“The event at Cleveleys Community Centre, Beach Road on Tuesday 5th April starts at 3 pm and will be hosted by North West Ambulance Service. The session will be very informal and we would like as many people as possible to attend, it’s about having the confidence rather than the competence to use one.”

Cheryl Pickstock from North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust added “It’s great to be able to work with and support the Rossall community to place this  vital piece of life-saving equipment for public use. In the UK, over 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur every year and without early defibrillation, that person has a very limited and minimal chance of survival. With more Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) around, more lives can be saved. There is no legal requirement to be trained in defibrillation, the AED is designed to guide the user through its use, but having the ‘confidence’ to use one means the AED will be used without hesitation or delay.

“Similar public access defibrillators are being installed throughout the country and the more people that are aware of these units and not afraid of them, the more successful the outcomes will be – not just on Rossall Beach but elsewhere – and therefore I would ask you to make every effort to attend.”

Everyone is welcome to attend this free session; there is no need to be a member of the group and no need to book a place. For further information see, or telephone 01253 829390