Within the training and education workstream, we deliver therapeutic horticulture, animal care and low impact sports at our Dutch Farm project based in South Liverpool.

In addition YMCA Liverpool provide a range of accredited courses including Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Qualifications and Mental Health First Aid.

Coming up in the next few months we have:

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Homeless People

Free course Taster Day on Monday 15th April – 10am – 12noon, advance booking required. Come along and meet the Tutor, find out more about the course and ask any questions that you may have!

The 12 week course in Supporting Homeless People will then run on the following Mondays 10-4 starting on 29th April 2019.

The course will equip you with the key skills and expert knowledge that you need to take forward your work in supporting people at an operational level. The course includes visits to and from local homelessness projects, is interactive and will develop your professional skills while bringing you up to date with developments across the sector.

We are really proud to have added value to the existing course which means that you will receive additional content and sessions that are unique to us while working towards a nationally recognized qualification.

Please get in touch with Emma Carruthers for more information or to book on: 0151 600 3530/ emma.carruthers@liverpoolymca.org.uk 


  • Adult Mental Health First Aid (2 Day)    

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March 2019

Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April 2018

All sessions are 9.30 am – 4pm at YMCA Liverpool & Sefton, 15 Leeds St, L3 6HU

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid. MHFA training is interactive and provides practical skills and confidence to help recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, and to effectively guide a person to the right support.

The training provides skills and confidence to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, and effectively guide a person towards the right support.

This two-day course covers:

  • Day 1: Mental Health First Aid, mental health, depression and suicidal crisis
  • Day 2: Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, self-harm, psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder


Research and evaluation shows that taking part in a Mental Health First Aid course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

Cost: £169.99 per person (recommended price is £300)

 Lunch and refreshments included

 Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and FREE resources: Adult Mental Health First Aid Manual, workbook and z card – to keep and refer to whenever you need them.




FREE No More Suicide community suicide prevention training

Duration: 4 hours

The aim of the training is to increase learners’ understanding and knowledge of practical suicide prevention techniques, to enable them to confidently make appropriate and timely interventions if they think someone is feeling suicidal.

By the end of the session learners will be able to:

  • Identify signs that might suggest someone is thinking about suicide
  • Recognise risk and identify key risk factors
  • Have increased confidence to ask direct questions about suicide
  • List key support services for people who feel suicidal

We can offer you closed sessions for your workplace, or you can book onto open sessions held at YMCA Liverpool


Using a Relational Approach to Preventing Conflict training

Upcoming course dates:

Thursday 14th February 2019

Tuesday 12th March 2019


(all 9.30am-4.30pm)


Venue: YMCA Liverpool, 15 Leeds Street, Liverpool, L3 6HU


Based on our time working with people with multiple and complex needs in particular, we use a psychologically informed and relational approach to preventing and avoiding conflict; focusing proactively upon behaviours in a CAT* informed way – both on service users’** behaviours and our own as professionals, improving continuous self awareness; identifying and responding to relational patterns in a non-punitive and safe way.

The session is interactive (including activities based on a dialogical approach to preventing conflict) and we measure delegates’ confidence in terms of preventing conflict at the start and end of the session. We don’t focus on responding to physical aggression (i.e. self defence/restraint,) as our approach is much more preventative.

If your organisation would prefer a closed session we can offer you a session at YMCA or can come to you, and we can also bespoke the session slightly to your needs in terms of content.)

Delegates will receive a resource pack to apply learning in the workplace using practical tools, along with a certificate.

Cost: £59.99 per person plus VAT

If you would like more information or would like to book on please get in touch with Emma Carruthers on:

0151 600 3530



Find YMCA Liverpool

Contact us and find us at YMCA Liverpool, Hope House, 15 Leeds Street, Liverpool, L3 6HU