Equality Act 2010

Equality Act 2010

Following the success of the Equality Act 2010 seminar in Glasgow in November we have now delivered a number of additional Equality Act training sessions across Scotland. Including for the NHS Scotland Health Boards as well as for Glasgow City Council (a generic course on equalities responsibilities) and a course for Glasgow University. Our Equality Act 2010 seminars have been developed and delivered jointly with Muriel Robison.

Feedback from the open session in Glasgow included:

“A very informative day well supported by case studies which generated good discussion. Most enjoyable though hard working.”

“Excellent facilitators and Muriel was brilliant at plain Englishing the info.”

“Trainers and training materials were very informative and practicable for taking back to the workplace. Interaction and discussion time much appreciated.”

“Enjoyed the seminar. Case studies were good for interaction with groups. Thank you.”

Our Equality Act seminars follow a pattern of input from the facilitator about the changes in the law or an aspect of the legislation followed by case studies and discussion questions which enable participants to see how that element of the Act will work in practice.

If you have an existing equality and diversity course which needs updating as a result of the Equality Act 2010, why not give us a call 0131 4681374 or email osdc@blueyonder.co.uk. We can provide support with updating training materials to reflect the new legislation and training seminars on the Equality Act  which include interactive sector relevant case studies.

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Working with International Students

Do you work in a university or college which is increasing its intake of international students?
Does your university or college want to ensure a welcoming and positive environment for all?

OSDC have developed a 4 hour course for staff who deal directly with international students. The course enables Administrators, Support Staff and Lecturers to recognise the diverse needs of students from different cultural backgrounds.

The learning outcomes of the course are that staff will be aware of:
• The way that differences in cultural norms and values can lead to different attitudes, behaviour and communication styles.
• The different expectations that people may have of formal and informal relationships including the different ways in which power and authority are viewed.
• The religious requirements of the main groups of international students

OSDC can deliver this course within your organisation or you can buy the course as a trainers pack, allowing you to deliver the course internally as often as you like.
The trainers pack is available electronically for £600+VAT or £1500+ VAT (plus agreed expenses)if you buy the pack along with a one day training for trainers course (for up to 12 participants). The one day train the trainers course will provide the trainers with the confidence they need to successfully deliver the course and help them to fully understand the course materials and issues covered.

For more information contact osdc@blueyonder.co.uk

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Equality Act 2010: The Changes and Requirements

A Training Seminar for managers, trainers and HR professionals from the public, voluntary and private sectors

Date: 15th November 2010
Time: 10.00am to 4.30pm
Venue: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow

Many of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 will come into force on the 1st October 2010.

This participative training seminar will look at:
• the requirements of the Act; and
• the implications of the changes for both employers and service providers.

The day will be facilitated by OSDC and the presentations on the legislation will be provided by Muriel Robison.

The day will be interactive and each short presentation will be followed by a series of short case studies/scenarios to help explore the issues in practice. The emphasis will be on identifying the way that the new requirements could be applied and will highlight the implications of the legislation in practice. Feedback sheets will be provided for the case studies and there is time built into the programme for questions and answers on any issues raised.

What the seminar will cover

Morning session
Presentations and discussions on the overview of the Act including:
• The new approach to “Protected Characteristics” and an in-depth look at the aspects which have changed;
• Changes and extension to the definitions of discrimination;
• Extension and exclusions in the definition of harassment;
• Victimisation; and
• New provision relating to disability.

Afternoon session

Presentations and discussions covering
• The opportunities for positive action and other exceptions;
• The requirements relating to Equal Pay;
• The requirements relating to Pre-employment Questionnaires;
• Changes relating to clubs and associations and charities and sport; and
• Future changes: what’s coming next and when?

Muriel Robison
Muriel is a solicitor who has specialised in equality law for almost 20 years. She was Head of Commission Enforcement at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Director of Legal Affairs, Scotland at the Equal Opportunities Commission. She is an Honorary Professor and part-time lecturer in law at Glasgow University and a part-time employment judge. Recently she has been working with the Equality and Diversity Forum to produce leaflets on the Equality Act 2010 for the Government Equalities Office.

OSDC have been providing training and consultancy in the field of Equality and Diversity since 1988. They have experience of working with the public, voluntary and private sector at all levels and in different fields including management training, organisation review and production of training materials. They have written a number of training manuals and guidance notes for managers on equality and diversity.

Booking Information

The cost of the seminar is £140 per person.
To book a place contact wendy.osdc@gmail.com and request a booking form. If you wish to speak someone about the event call 0131 468 1374.
Cheques should be made payable to: OSDC Ltd
Invoices for BACS payments can be sent on request.

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New dates for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course

The next Mental Health First Aid course will be held on Wednesday 29th September and Wednesday 6th October.

The training will be held in Central Manchester at Women’s International Centre for Economic Development, Ada House, 77 Thompson Street, Manchester, M4 5FY.

The course costs :
£140 Voluntary and Community Sector
£200 Statutory and Private Companies

Lunch will be provided

For more information on Mental Health First Aid see the previous post.
To book a place download the booking form from www.harp-project.org

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Training for trainers

In the last few months OSDC has developed and delivered a number of training for trainers courses. There are two types of training for trainers courses. The first equips those who are already trainers to integrate equality and diversity into all aspects of their training. We have recently delivered this course for staff within the NHS.

The second type of course equips people to deliver specific programmes that we have developed. For example we have trained people to train equalities champions within an organisation and we have trained staff to deliver cultural awareness sessions.

If you are interested in equality and diversity training or training for trainers please contact admin@osdc.co.uk

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Mental Health First Aid

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any one year. Mental Health First Aid is a 12 hour course which:

• Raises awareness of issues around mental health;
• Trains people to identify signs and symptoms of mental health problems;
• Gives people confidence in being able to offer comfort and information to a person experiencing a mental health problem;
• Gives people knowledge of the different professional help as well self-help, coping strategies that are available and effective so that they can direct and sign post people.

The aim is to reduce the stigma and discrimination attached to mental health problems and provide the opportunity to intervene early in order to prevent them developing into more serious conditions and promote recovery.

OSDC is now in a position to offer this training as Megan has been trained and accredited as Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Training is delivered in partnership with two Manchester based mental health Charities, Harp and The Roby.

The Course

MHFA is a 12 hour course consisting of 4 modules and can be delivered over 4 half days or 2 full days.

The immediate aims of MHFA training are to:

* – Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others;
* – Provide help to prevent the problem becoming more serious;
* – Promote recovery;
* – Provide comfort to the person experiencing the problem;
* – Reduce stigma and discrimination by promoting understanding.

The training covers a range of topics relating to mental health including common mental health problems, the 5 steps of mental health first aid, depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, panic attacks and, psychotic disorders.

The training employs a combination of presentation, group work, role play and videos in order to:

* – Provide clear information about mental health problems;
* – Provide clear guidance on how to detect signs and symptoms of mental distress;
* – Outline simple but effective ways of helping someone until appropriate professional treatment can be obtained or the crisis has passed.

The training does not attempt to teach people how to be therapists or mental health professionals.

How can MHFA help at work?

Mental health problems affect not only the person experiencing them, but also others around them. Knock on effects can include a fall in productivity, poor decision-making, an increase in mistakes made, increased sickness absence, high staff turnover and poor workplace relations. These effects can be prevented by the early recognition that a person’s mental health is declining and the appropriate responses, support and interventions.

Who should attend?

MHFA is for everyone. Participants come from all backgrounds from family members who want to gain more understanding of what a relative is going through to employers and those manage staff or work in HR. It’s also relevant to those delivering frontline services, police, ambulance, housing officers, youth & community workers, who come into contact with the general public and service users on daily basis and want to improve their confidence and skills in dealing with mental health issues.

Next Training Dates and Booking Details
Courses can be delivered in house to a maximum of 14 participants

If food and venue provided by the host organisation the cost will be £1250
If the venue and food are organised by the training team the cost increases to £1840
For more information about in house courses contact megan.osdc@gmail.com

Alternatively you can book onto one of our existing courses.
They are being held at Cornbrook Enterprise Centre, Hulme, Manchester.
Course one is on 11th & 20th May
Course two is on 5th & 12th July
The cost for a single particpant within the Voluntary & Community Sector is £140.
Statutory and Private Sector the cost is £200 per participant.
To book on an existing course contact mhfa@harp-projetc.org

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