Exploring the World Around Me

These sessions aim to keep you up to date with some of the key discussions happening in the world around us as it constantly changes and evolves.

Becoming Culturally Competent

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘culture’?


How could understanding different cultures influence how you work?


This session concludes the previous sessions by discussing what culture is and how we can become more sensitive to it in our work. We will consider the impact of not being culturally sensitive on those around us and consider how to become more culturally sensitive using tool such as communication to help us with this.

1 Session

Bystander Interventions

Have you ever witnessed a confrontation between strangers in the street and wanted to step in, but weren’t sure what you could do?


Perhaps you worried you’d make the situation worse, or there were other people around you hoped might help instead?


In this two-session course, we will look at how and when we can safely interrupt and defuse interactions when we’re concerned they are threatening to become dangerous. There will also be an opportunity to share your own experiences and to explore the different forms interventions can take. 

1 Session

Combatting Stigma

Have you ever heard comments about health challenges that made you cringe?


Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about the opinions they hold, but not known where to begin?


Have you ever felt uncomfortable talking about your health over fear of the reaction you might get?


There is more recognition now about the stigma associated with health, but we still have a long way to go. In this course we will look at the different factors which contribute to stigma and the impact stigma can have on our wellbeing. We will consider both external and self-stigma, as well as finding out about our rights in this area.


1 Session

Disarming Discrimination

Have you experienced discrimination or know anyone who has?


Would you know how to be an ally to somebody who is experiencing discrimination?


In this session, we will explore what makes an effective ally and how we can proactively support the people around us. We will look into identifying discriminatory behaviors and how we can work to challenge these in respectful and appropriate ways.

1 session

Exploring Visible and Invisible Disabilities

It seems easier to recognise someone with a visible disability but even then, how can we offer assistance without taking away the individual's autonomy?


Invisible disabilities might be more familiar to us personally but how can we let others know what we are experiencing without feeling we have to explain ourselves all the time?


In this course, we will look at the experience’s individuals have when living with a visible or invisible disability. With several accounts from individuals living with either a visible or invisible disability (or both), this course will allow us to explore a range of disabilities and come to an understanding of how we can help others and ourselves.

1 day / 2 sessions

LGBTQ+ Matters

Are you a member of the LGBTQ+ community, or curious about your own sexuality or gender? 


Do you know someone who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and want to know how you can support them as an ally? 


LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and others) is an umbrella term used when describing topics pertaining to sexuality and gender identity.  We will look at the history of the LGBTQ+ movement and probe some of the key issues facing members of the LGBTQ+ community today.    

1 Session

LGBTQ+ Matters - Transgender Awareness Week Special

Are you a member of or an ally to the LGBTQ+ community? 


Do you know why we have Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance in November? 


In this one-off special session, we will find out more about the transgender community and why it is so important to be an ally. We will answer questions about the difference between biological sex and gender identity, as well as understand what language is more inclusive and welcoming for people of all genders.  


Not only will we discuss the history of the community, but there will also be an opportunity to hear lived experience of being transgender in our modern-day society. If you would like a safe space to learn and ask questions that could help you or someone you know, then this course is perfect for you! 

1 Session

Making Every Penny Count

Do you know where to turn for support with the cost-of-living crisis?


Would you find it helpful to discuss hints and tips on how to save money?


The rise in the cost of living as affected us all and it can be overwhelming to keep up with ever-changing prices. This session will give practical advice and tips about how to navigate the challenges of the cost-of-living crisis and how budgeting can support us in feeling empowered to take back control of our finances.


As well as money-saving information, we will explore how to maintain a self-care routine on a budget and where we can go for support as we experience this new reality as a community.

1 Session

Understanding Unconscious Bias 

How many biases or stereotypes are we aware of in our lives?  


How often do we accept them without a second thought? 


Holding unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups can act as a barrier within our lives and can lead to miscommunication, misrepresentation, and mistreatment.   


We will explore how unconscious biases come about, how we can begin to uncover and acknowledge them and what steps we can take to move beyond them.  

1 Session

As a patient

As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Patient Advice and Liaison service  Contact the Trust