Workforce Training Opportunities

Include Me WM is focused on being better at engaging people. Through the pledge we will identify a range of development needs. Some of this will most likely be around training employees to give them the skills to help elevate your organisation.

As Include Me WM is an approach to change behaviours we are open and supportive to a wide range of training opportunities. When identifying training it is essential you identify several things:

  • Does the workshop / training support your identified gap in knowledge?
  • Is the workshop / training of an appropriate standard / quality?
  • Are you able to develop a meaningful relationship with a local provider?

While we support all training  we have identified 4 workshops that will add value to your organisations.


Inclusive Activities programme

  • A tailored three hour face-to-face practical workshop delivered by inclusion experts
  • Support by ongoing learning and development opportunities.

This support package will enable you to continually develop your coaching skills and confidence to tailor delivery to a variety of different audiences. 

During the practical workshop you will undertake a range of practical activities which will enable you to:

  • Learn about practical tools to support inclusive delivery
  • Explore creative ideas to support disabled people to take part in physical activity and sport
  • Access a range of resources to support delivery of activity sessions beyond the workshop
  • Learn about local opportunities, organisations and further training both for yourself and the disabled people they support

Who’s it for?

The programme targets three different sectors:

  1. Coaches / traditional physical activity deliverer family
  2. Local community activators (working for example in disabled people’s organisations, community interest charities, housing sector and scout/guide groups )
  3. Health and care professionals
  4. Activity Alliance Inclusive Communications training

Reach more people in sport and physical activity through inclusive and accessible communications

A half day workshop for communication leads on how to reach more disabled people through more accessible and better practices. 


Participants will be able to:
• Understand how inclusive communications engages more than just disabled people 
• Use appropriate language when discussing or referring to disability
• Identify the basic principles of inclusive communication, through online and offline activities
• Access tips on embedding key principles in to your own communications strategies and activities

 Who is it for?

This workshop is ideal for those who want to learn more about the latest disability and equality communication practices. Everyone will go away with the enthusiasm and key learning points to develop their own strategies.


Mind Mental Health in sport & Physical Activity

Who should attend?

Our three-hour workshop, Mental health awareness for sport and physical activity, was developed with support from sports coach UK, and is designed for coaches, sport administrators, volunteers and front of house staff. 

What's covered?

We've listened to people living with mental health problems and people working in the sport and physical activity sectors to create a practical workshop that will help you:   

  • Understand common misconceptions about mental health and the impact of stigma and discrimination
  • Identify the positive impact that being active has on physical and mental health
  • Appreciate the barriers that stop people getting active
  • Talk confidently about mental health
  • Know where to signpost people to if they need support
  • Identify practical actions to make your service more accessible for everyone


  • No prior knowledge of mental health is necessary
  • Three-hour workshop
  • Can be delivered in-house at the location of your choice
  • Up to 20 delegates can attend


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is working in partnership with West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) on a campaign to get 5000 sport and physical activity staff and volunteers trained in mental health awareness and first aid and as part of the West Midlands contribution to the national campaign; 21by21.  We want to achieve this target by the time the Commonwealth Games arrive in Birmingham in 2022.

Everyone benefits from better mental health. Just as with physical health, the sport and physical activity sector has a responsibility to provide training to its staff and volunteers to raise awareness of mental health and be able to help people in a 'first aid' situation and if necessary know how to guide people to seek further support. MHFA England courses do not train people to be counsellors but they do provide the knowledge and skills to be more confident in talking and listening about mental health.  In addition mental health training can contribute to workplace wellbeing initiatives.

There are a number of courses on offer and MHFA England can provide:

For staff and volunteers working with adults, or as part of workplace wellbeing programmes:

  • Adult MHFA Two Day course – trains people as Mental Health First Aiders
  • Adult MHFA One Day course – trains people as MHFA Champions, ideal for line managers
  • Adult Mental Health Aware Half Day course – four hour course giving staff an understanding of mental health awareness

Information on the Adult MHFA courses 

For staff and volunteers working with young people (age 8-18):

  • Youth MHFA Two Day course – trains people as Youth Mental Health First Aiders
  • Youth MHFA One Day course – trains people as Youth MHFA Champions
  • Youth Mental Health Aware Half Day – three hour course to raise awareness of young people's mental health

Information on the Youth MHFA courses