Suicide Prevention workshops and training

As home support providers you know that not everyone is planning to spend the Christmas period relaxing with family and friends. Whilst some people have work and other commitments, other will experience a very different type of Christmas for other, personal reasons.  These may be some of the people you and your staff are supporting, and supporting them over the next few weeks may be particularly difficult for staff.  So, although it doesn’t seem to fit with all the seasonal festivities, below are some links to suicide prevention resources which it might help to be aware of.

There are details of a range of Suicide Prevention Training and Workshops that are available across Norfolk. All of the training can be accessed via the Norfolk County Council Suicide Prevention pages . They include:

  • Free online Suicide Prevention Training – Developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance – A 20 minute online training, which aims to; enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/ behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – Delivered by Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind. An accredited two day, interactive training that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions.
  • Suicide Prevention Workshop – Delivered by Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind. The half day workshop explores the issue of suicide and how we can provide initial help to someone who is suicidal. The topic is discussed in a frank and open manner and participants will have an opportunity to practice the skills that they have learnt.
  • Suicide Prevention for GP Practices – Delivered by Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind. A 90 minute Suicide Prevention training developed for GP Practice front line practice including receptionists and other practice health professionals.


Details of face to face training offered by Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind is available at

Skills for Care’s 12 days of Christmas

Skills for Care are marking the festive seasons with 12 days of Christmas.  They will be sharing some of their favourite resources to support home care providers, their staff and the people being supported.

In recognition that many care workers will be working over the Christmas period they are promoting ways that special days can be marked and celebrated with the people supported.

In the lead up to Christmas day there will be free resources, downloads and guides to help support them over the festive period and as we start a New Year.

Skills for Care will be updating their website each day from 11th December with something new.  You can access the website here: Skills for Care – 12 days of Christmas



Your Feedback on the Market Intelligence Tool

Norfolk County Council’s Market Intelligence Tool has now been live for a little over two months. It is a free to access online map of social care needs, population demographics, workforce data and business activity across Norfolk. We have worked with providers to make this tool a valuable planning resource for you, complementing the wealth of information, insight and analysis that we already publish in the Market Position Statement. We see the tool as a valuable step forward in making market intelligence easier to access, but this is just one step. As we move forward we want to hear your feedback and work with you to develop the Market Intelligence Tool as a valuable planning resource, adding additional data and functionality as we move into the second stage of its development.

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Free Oral and Healthcare E-Learning Course

Skills for Health and Health Education England have launched a new e-learning course to support anyone interested in learning more about oral health and mouth care, and how this can contribute to the general health of the people you care for.

The course can be tracked by managers for internal development and support CPD.

Find out more here:

The Norfolk Directory – services in your area

Did you know The Norfolk Directory is a useful online directory that can be used to find a range of clubs, organisations, groups and services in Norfolk?

The search results can be narrowed to those organisations within 1, 5 or 10 miles of your postcode or widened to include the whole of Norfolk.

There is also a “What’s On” feature to allow you to go to a specific day to see what’s happening in your area.

You can use the Directory either to make links with other services in your area, or to signpost the people you care for to services that might be of interest to them.

To find out more about the Directory please go to:

For more information on how to register your service on the directory, or on how to update your record, please contact Debra Lawrence-Bell at or on 07770432858.

Launch of Carers Matter Norfolk

We are pleased to announce the new service to support people who are unpaid carers in Norfolk launched yesterday, Monday 2 October.

Carers Matter Norfolk ( will work with people who are unpaid carers to identify what matters to them in order for them to remain independent, resilient and well in their caring role.

It’s crucial that we are all directing people who are unpaid carers to the new services available.  The following presentation has more information on the service and what it can offer here: Carers Matter Norfolk Introduction EXTERNAL 26.09.17.

Your guide to care and support for adults 2017-18

“Your guide to care and support for adults 2017-18” is a publication which contains lots of useful information to enable people to stay independent in their own homes for as long as possible.  It is updated annually.

It enables staff to sign post people that they care for to information about how to get help and support, what kind of services are available and details of other organisations that can help.

It is available free in libraries, GP surgeries and other places across Norfolk.

The guide is available online to download as a PDF or as an eBook to read at

We also have a limited number of paper copies available on request, please contact if you would like to access these.