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Our training courses always reflect the latest developments in practice, policy and legislation. Training and development opportunities offered are diverse, skills-based, and involve service user trainers wherever practicable.

If you have a specific query, don’t hesitate to contact us:

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Kathy Maguire

Youth Officer

Amanda Stewart

Youth Participation Co-ordinator

0782 542 9178  

Lyndsey Mann

Youth Participation Co-ordinator

0782 542 9388  


02890 246 440

Central Office (Belfast)

4th Floor,  Andras House,

60 Great Victoria St,  

Belfast, BT2 7BB.

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CRISPP is the strategic group for representatives of providers funded by Supporting People (SP). The group seeks to represent the sector and lobby politicians and SP on their behalf. It is comprised of representatives from the voluntary sector, Housing Associations and private organisations. CRISPP is jointly chaired by CHNI and NIFHA.

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We’ve set up a 'fighting fund' with a preliminary donation from NIFHA of £2000. CHNI have also donated, and are proposing that its members make an initial contribution of £250. Funds will be used to continue to engage Weber Shadwick in the delivery of the campaign. All donations, no matter what size, are welcomed.  Queries / contributions, click here.

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The main aim of the programme is to keep service providers - and their staff - abreast of best practice and emerging issues within the field, whilst providing an additional opportunity for professional development and service improvement.

Our training courses always reflect the latest developments in practice, policy and legislation. Training and development opportunities offered are diverse, skills-based, and involve service user trainers wherever practicable.

We offer a range of professional development opportunities, including accredited, bespoke, and in-house training.

These sessions are tailored to meet your staff and organisational needs. We are also able to offer a number of selected courses at a reduced rate, and occasionally free.

A list of typical training courses we have offered in recent calendars is listed right. (Information provided is for illustrative purposes and subject to change).

basic first aid

alcohol effects

basic life support & overdose management

benzodiazepines workshop

business planning and financial management

cognitive behavioural therapy

developing & implementing support plans

emerging psychoactive substances

health & safety in the care setting

homelessness and substance use

introduction to schizophrenia

motivational interviewing

naloxone administration (no longer available)

needle exchange & opiate substitution therapy

personality disorders

protection of vulnerable adults

risk assessment & management

safer injecting

service user participation

suicide and self-harm

work with challenging behaviour

WRAP training

young people & risk taking

knowledge & understanding framework for personality disorders (KUF)


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Please note, information provided about courses is for illustrative purposes - some may no longer  / currently be available. Content, trainers and other elements are subject to change. Please contact training department for further details.

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For queries relating to current training calendar, course availability and booking, please contact Lesley Morrison (Tues-Fri).

For general training queries, contact Yvonne Beggs. Queries relating to facility hire should be directed to either member of the training department.  

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We offer WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) training in two and five day facilitation programmes. WRAP is a 'self-management' tool to help individuals take more control over their own well-being and recovery. It emphasises that people are the experts in their own experience and therefore best placed to shape their recovery. The training offered guides the trainee through the process of developing an individualised plan.

The two day course allows the individual to facilitate WRAP on a one to one basis. Participants who have completed the 2-day programme are eligible for the 5-day programme, which allows participants to facilitate WRAP with groups.



We involve service users wherever possible in our projects and services. One of the main strengths of the training programme, particularly the substance use courses, is its community of service user trainers who assist in the design and delivery of training.

Local service users and activists pointed out that ‘traditional’ training models limited their involvement in improving practice in the services they used. On this basis, we developed a model that placed service user experience of homelessness and substance provision firmly at its heart. As a result, our training model, where practicable, is ‘user led, user focused’.

In our model, service users form a community of trainers who are active in writing course content, delivering training, and in overseeing our training programme. The model has been well received by funders and trainees, and has had a positive impact upon the trainers. We’re grateful to all our trainers for their courage in sharing their knowledge and insights.

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