Check out our training and workshop opportunities:


Being More Substance Savvy

This session is suitable for staff / volunteers and users of services from organisations working with the 50+ age group in the Western & Southern Trust Areas

This free 2 hour session will help participants to:

  • become more alcohol and drug aware (including prescription meds)
  • improve their self-care skills
  • gain awareness of issues and supports around mental health & alcohol/ substance use.

Forthcoming Open Sessions:

Derry/Londonderry: Wed 21st Feb, 2pm – 4pm, NW Volunteer Centre, 2nd Floor, 22 Bishop Street, (Entrance via 1A London Street), Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PP (Please note there is no lift access.)

Online Open Session: Mon 25th March, 10am – 12pm, Microsoft Teams


These open sessions will be relaxed and welcoming with the focus on improving our own wellbeing and that of others who we may be supporting. 

For more information contact Jenny Groves, Training Co-ordinator, 07834 181303 

Groups can also book their own session (online or face-to-face), deadline for delivery: Western Trust 28th Feb / Southern Trust 29th March 2024.



Healthy Restart

Healthy Restart is a programme based on the 5 Steps to Wellbeing.

Inspire has created a menu of free training programme options that are tailored for individuals, families, groups and communities.

We normally deliver 2 hour face-to-face or online workshops for up to 20 people per session. 

You can select one or multiple sessions from this list.

The menu of course options: 

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Understanding alcohol & other substances (& how to support other people)
  • Sleep                        
  • Food & Mood
  • Self-Care
  • Introduction to Managing Stress & Anxiety

Our facilitator can deliver daytime, face to face or online. 

We are happy to discuss your group’s need.

Contact – Jenny Groves, Training, 07834 181303



As part of our Advocacy for All service, we are offering FREE training opportunities as part of our Advocacy for All service. 

Understanding the principles of self-advocacy – OCN award Level Two.

Course purpose and aim(s):

This free OCN accredited course will enable the learner to understand different types of advocacy, the advocacy relationship and how it may be used to resolve conflict.

You will also learn communication and assertive skills that are key to good advocacy,   alongside the type of support people need to empower themselves. You will also gain an understanding of  safeguarding and the advocacy process.

As part of the course you will attend four live group sessions, two each week over the two week period, these sessions will be delivered online. The live sessions will be on a Monday & Tuesday 9:30am to 4pm.

The course will also provide the opportunity for independent learning, with a tutor available for an additional full day during the two week period.

Within each live session, you will take part in a range of activities, which will help you reflect critically on your existing knowledge and build on the materials within the course.  You will be able to apply your understanding in group discussions and case studies.   

Attendance at live sessions will be required in order to obtain your qualification.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understanding the principles of advocacy and the advocacy process
  2. Understanding self- advocacy and the potential barriers to self-advocacy.
  3. Understand disempowerment and how it may impact on the advocacy process
  4. Understand the advocacy relationship
  5. Understand conflict and conflict resolution tools

Assessment requirements

On successfully completing the course and submitting your course workbook, you will gain a Level Two Award.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone 18 or over, with an interest in advocacy. This course may lead to volunteering opportunities.

2024 Course Start Dates*:

  • Monday 8th April 
  • Monday 10th June

The course runs over 2 weeks with four live online sessions each Monday and Tuesday. *subject to change