Karen Dawkins, Assistant Principle of Oasis Academy, is herself an Emotional First Aid Trainer and has already delivered Young Person’s EFA Training to staff at the academy. Karen approached the EFA Team asking for the EFA Training to be contextualised for students so it could be delivered to compliment their existing Peer Mentor Programme.
Paul Jetten, EFA Coordinator, was tasked with designing an eight week course to meet the brief. Paul has been keen to deliver EFA training to Young People since he was first employed by Solent NHS Trust.
Paul was keen to design a course that would enable students to have a greater understanding of the mental health continuum; identifying early signs to emotional distress; exploring self esteem and raising awareness to their own emotional well-being before learning how to develop their skills to take on the role of a Peer Mentor.
The course has been piloted twice in Southampton. Once in Oasis Academy Mayfield for Year 9 students becoming Peer Mentors and in Redbridge Community School piloted the course for their Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. As of December 2013, Oasis Academy are half way through their second round of Peer EFA Training
Between November & December 2013, the first course of Peer EFA Train the Trainer was delivered and we are proud to announce the first group of Peer EFA Trainers are fully lisenced and ready to start delivering courses to students in their schools and localities.
Our first round of Peer EFA Trainers are:
Kelly Godfray & Claire Welch from Chamberlayne College for the Arts; Tracy Taylor from Oasis Academy Mayfield; Angie Miller-Smith from Redbridge Community Sports College; Joanne Coppini & Kelly Somerville from Sholing Technology College; Jason Tanihatu & Kate Cronan from Upper Shirley High; Janine Jupp, Karen Hawley & Sarah Martin from the Harbour Schools, Portsmouth and Dave Boniface, International Aid Worker.