The EFA Christmas Message 2015

2015 has been an incredible year for the EFA team.

We were going to try and write you a song in the vein of the ’12 days of Christmas’ but sadly we lack the musical talent, so instead we will just share with you some of our years highlights.

At the beginning of the year we welcomed 38 new trainers in Southampton who began delivering Parents, Primary, YP and Peer EFA courses as part of the the Big Lotteries Headstart initiative.

We were invited up to Knowsley by their own Headstart Project and met a fantastic group of staff from across Knowsley borough who are now delivering incredible courses to staff and with some wonderful feedback from Foster Carers about Parents’ EFA.

We returned to Buckinghamshire to train up two more staff as licensed EFA Trainers for the Service Children’s Support Network (SCSN).

We have been working on a new venture, Buddy EFA.  A course designed to explore emotions with 10 year old students, equipping them with the skills and confidence to buddy younger children in Primary School and have worked with 84 children from Portswood Primary and Townhill Park Primary schools in Southampton and Solent Juniors and Wimborne Primary Schools in Portsmouth. – we hope to finish the development of this course early in 2016 and look forward to telling you more about it.

We trained up eight staff from the Multi-Agency Behaviour Support team in Porstmouth to deliver Peer EFA across schools in Portsmouth.

We have delivered another successful Primary EFA course to Southampton University PGCE students, which has led to us being asked by Southampton University to deliver the course to all University Led Primary PGCE Students in January 2016, which we are incredibly excited about, and really look forward to sharing the feedback and findings with you.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all 12 students who took part in this course and advocated EFA becoming a core element of the PGCE curriculum and wish all of you the very best in completing your NQT year!

We were invited back to Plymouth by Ann Honey to deliver a Train the Trainers programme to staff who attended the initial Primary EFA training in 2014 and look forward to more developments in the coming year.

We were invited to the Isle of Man to deliver an intensive Train the Trainer course and are pleased to say that Isle is successfully delivering courses with tremendous feedback from staff in Youth Services and Education.

More recently we were asked to deliver a Primary EFA course to Education staff in Cornwall and we are really looking forward to the potential of returning to deliver further follow up training.

We were delighted to be asked to deliver 2 further Train the Trainer courses as part of Southampton’s Headstart Extension bid and have recently welcomed a further 8 YP EFA Trainers and 14 Parents’ EFA Trainers who will begin delivering courses in January 2016.

We are now half way through delivering Operation Bluelight: Child & Adolescent Mental Health training to Hampshire Constabulary and have delivered courses to approximately 170 Officers and Staff from the force.  We look forward to hosting the second part of this training in March 2016.

Finally, we have also been asked by Barton Peveril Sixth Form College to deliver a development group with students to create a Peer+ course, which adapts material from the Peer EFA course to students aged between 16-19.  We hope to share more news from this development once the work is completed.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported EFA over the past year and congratulate all our trainers who are delivering courses to promote well-being and early intervention towards Emotional Distress and Mental Health amongst Children, Young People, Parents and Staff, and we look forward to working with you all in the New Year!

Many thanks


The EFA Team

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