Training

Training for Health professionals and community members

ABL’s training packages are adapted to meet the needs of individual groups. Where required, ABL will also carry out a scoping exercise to ensure the training is tailored to the local area and audience.

Training is delivered by members of its large multi-disciplinary team which includes GPs, dieticians, psychologists, nutritionists, midwives, youth workers, lifestyle coaches etc.

We can provide a range of training packages across many areas. Examples include:

  • Brief advice, brief intervention and motivational interviewing training
  • Engaging different audiences through health education and promotion
  • Nutrition and physical activity guidance for adults and children
  • Calculating children’s body mass index and the national childhood measurement programme
  • How to ‘raise the issue of weight’ with different audiences
  • Training Peer Supporters and Health Champions to deliver health messages within communities

Lisa, Training Participant

"The weight management training was very useful. It provided us with key messages we need to cascade when giving healthy eating advice to young people and we are now aware of the relevant services that are providing further advice and support."

Get in touch to discuss your individual training needs by contacting our Head Office on 01204 570 999.


 

Peer Supporter Programme

We believe in the power of ‘people influencing people’ and have developed an effective Peer Supporter Programme that is delivered across all our services and programmes. We pride ourselves on delivering services from the heart of communities and acknowledge the importance of existing resources in a community working with these assets to empower residents to lead healthier lifestyles.

Peer Supporters portrait

People who have made positive lifestyle changes can become positive Peer Supporters within their community. We provide customised training programmes which inspire motivated individuals to become powerful ambassadors for community-wide health initiatives.

We train Peer Supporters with a range of essential workplace skills including leadership, teamwork, health literacy and presentation. They soon understand how to access services, referral routes and eligibility criteria and with support become effective ‘brokers’ between hard-to-reach groups and health care services.

Peer Supporters are also given the chance to obtain a number of professionally accredited qualifications. On completion of this training, Peer Supporters can confidently and effectively deliver health literacy and promotion sessions across their communities.

ABL are proud that a number of Peer Supporters have gone on to find employment after volunteering as Peer Supporters, both for ABL and other businesses

“I have found being a Peer Supporter to be a really positive experience and really enjoy helping to motivate others. I come away from the groups that I have supported full of enthusiasm and totally renewed in my aim to maintain my own weight loss.”
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