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Community Capacity Building – Giving you the skills to deliver stronger communities

Our borough has a rich community life with dedicated organisations who work hard to deliver for individuals on a daily basis.

To support this incredible work, the Community Development Department are delighted to introduce a calendar of training to help encourage, protect and enhance these organisations – and it is all free!

You will find all details below on the variety of courses on offer, as well as dates and venues.

These courses are for leaders of community groups and each course can accept a maximum of two people per organisation.

This initiative is supported through The Executive Office District Council Good Relations Programme.


Every group has a responsibility to think about safeguarding. Safeguarding means making sure your group is run in a way that actively prevents harm, harassment, bullying, abuse, and neglect. This includes:

  • Keeping people safe whilst they are taking part in your activities
  • Knowing how to recognise when someone in your group is affected by abuse or neglect, wherever it is happening
  • Knowing how to respond appropriately so you can help them speak up and take action

If your group works with children or with adults at risk, you should have written safeguarding policies and clear procedures. A child is defined as any person who has not yet reached their 18th birthday.

An adult at risk is defined as an individual aged 18 years or over who:

  • has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) AND;
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect, AND;
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect.


Programme Location Duration of programme Date

(All workshops must be attended)

Time Maximum Participants
Child Safeguarding Online 3 Workshops 18th + 25th January

8th February

7.00PM – 9.00PM 15
Child Safeguarding Orchard Leisure Centre, Armagh 3 Workshops 5th, 12th + 19th February 7.00PM – 9.30PM 20
Adult safeguarding Basic Awareness Online 1 Workshop 28th February 7.00PM – 9.00PM 15
Designated Person Craigavon Civic Centre 2 Workshops 13th + 20th March 7.00PM – 9.00PM 20


Engaging with your local community can bring many challenges – and often these challenges can require some first aid experience.

An accident is a challenge that is difficult to avoid, and one you need to be prepared for. According to the Red Cross, “only one in 20 people would know what to do in a first aid emergency.”

It is essential that your organisation is sufficiently equipped to provide first aid help when required. This training will ensure that your organisation has an accredited first aider, with the skill set to deliver support from simple injuries to life saving care.


Programme Location Duration of programme Date

(All workshops must be attended)

Time Maximum Participants
Accredited Emergency First Aid Training at Work  

Brownlow Community Hub

2 Workshops 17th + 24th January 6.30PM – 9.30PM 12
Accredited Emergency First Aid Training at Work Orchard Leisure Centre, Armagh 1 Workshop 27th January 9.30AM – 4.30PM 12
Accredited Emergency First Aid Training at Work Banbridge Old Town Hall 2 Workshops 22nd + 29th February 6.30PM – 9.30PM 12


Mental Health First Aid Training teaches individuals how to approach someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or distress. It provides them with practical skills to offer initial support, listen non-judgmentally, and guide the person towards appropriate professional help.

Early intervention and prevention can be instrumental in preventing more severe mental health issues and potentially saving lives.

Programme Location Duration of programme Date

(All workshops must be attended)

Time Maximum Participants
Mental Health First Aid Dobbin Street Community Centre, Armagh 2 Workshops 1st + 8th February 6.00 – 9.00PM 16
Mental Health First Aid Brownlow Community Hub 1 Workshop 24th February 9.30AM – 4.30PM 16




Food is a huge part of our lives and is often weaved into activities, events or trips. However, food can cause some serious health issues and it is important each organisation ensures that strict hygiene rules are followed.

The Level 1 Award in Food Hygiene will provide learning around:

  • the basic requirements of food safety and hygiene
  • how to keep clean and hygienic
  • how to help work areas clean
  • the role an individual plays in reducing contamination
  • the key food safety issues.
Programme Location Date Time Maximum Participants
Level 1 Food Hygiene Online 6th February 2024 6.00PM – 9.00PM 20
Level 1 Food Hygiene Online 7th March 2024 6.00PM – 9.00PM 20




The aim of this qualification is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to work in roles that support mental health and wellbeing. Participants will also develop an awareness of mental health interventions and support strategies.

Qualification Objectives

  • to understand mental health and mental illness
  • to understand the impact of mental illness
  • to be aware of mental health interventions and support
  • to understand the person-centred approach to mental health improvement and the legislative framework

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Programme Location Date

(All workshops must be attended)

Time Maximum Participants
OCN Level 2 In Awareness of Mental Health and Wellbeing Craigavon Civic Centre (CCC)

(2 Workshops)



(2 Workshops)

29th February (CCC)

7th + 14th March (Online)

20th March (CCC)

7.00PM – 9.00PM 16