Talk about Talk is an introductory training workshop for organisations looking to employ staff with a learning disability or communication difficulty. It’s also for professionals working within the criminal justice system who want to learn more about supporting young people with a communication difficulty.
The training has been developed by I CAN, together with the young people involved in Raising Your Game. The young people will also be central to its delivery.
Trainee youth workers from Hertford took part in the training pilot. “I thought it was brilliant,” says Eileen Benham. “The young people were nervous at first, but we were too. It helped for us all to mix.
“The young people did a presentation about the difficulties they face. And there were two videos. One was about someone in an office – she couldn’t communicate with those around her – and it made me think about the things we take for granted.
Natalie Cowan is training to be a level two youth worker. “I’m doing support work with young people between 11 and 16,” she says. “There’s a student with Asperger’s syndrome and kids with ADHD. They find hands-on work easier.
“I really thought about Talk about Talk afterwards. I’ve never had training delivered by young people and it really worked. I’d recommend it to teachers and students.”
Jo Collier works with young people and runs music courses. “I have kids with behavioural issues,” she says, “so the training applies to some of them.
“I’ve done disability training before, but this was much more to the point. Other courses informed me, but this showed me.”
Jo Collier, trainee social worker
About the training
The training was developed based on information from the young people engaged in Raising Your Game. It offers best practice guidance for professionals who work with young people with a communication difficulty, or who want to employ young people from the Raising Your Game project.
The training was developed by I CAN but, like every aspect of Raising Your Game, it has the young people from the project at its centre.
“I am so excited to be giving the training. I can’t wait to tell people how to help people with a communication difficulty and how to work with them better.”
Bernie, learning disability consultant, Leeds
Following the completion of Train the trainer accredited training, and with the support of their regional co-ordinators, the young people from Raising Your Game will lead on the delivery of each training session.
Rather than using a traditional, teacher-led format, the interactive training sessions encourage participants to think about what it might be like to have a communication difficulty. Using scenario-based activities, and with the use of film, the workshops aim to help professionals understand the barriers the young people face on a daily basis.
“We were always very keen to support this project. It was great to learn from the young people, and it really helped bring the training alive. My colleagues and I will take on board all that was discussed and see how we can better meet their needs within our services.”
Kent youth service
Who to contact
To register for a free training session, please contact:
Telephone: 0207 696 5410