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 & Sefton provide a range of accredited courses including Mental Health First Aid.

We not only offer the following courses, but also bespoke training to fit your training needs – for more information get in touch!


In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and local infection rates, we’re monitoring national and local guidance carefully, via up to date Local Authority Public Health and Gov.uk advice.


We have just a few places remaining for our next course

(virtual three-day * Wednesday 19th May-Friday 21st May)

*We will after this course return to face to face learning

Mental Health First Aid (Adult)

We’ve trained lots of teams and individuals who’ve said:

“Everyone should attend this training!”

“Really made me think differently!”

“Very enjoyable and in depth, will recommend!”

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid.

This online course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

This course covers:

Mental Health First Aid, mental health, depression and suicidal crisis. Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, self harm, psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Research and evaluation shows that taking part if 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)

This is a virtual course and learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across three weeks, with individual self-learning activities in between, with on-hand support available from our MHFA England and RSPH qualified and accredited Insructor.

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

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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


Using a Relational Approach to Preventing Conflict 



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. We can 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

*Cognitive Analytic Therapy


Connect 5 Mental Health & Wellbeing Training

Connect 5 focuses on training front line staff across any sector, to enable them to support people that they support to live well mentally, to better manage their mental health, increase their resilience and ultimately improve their wellbeing.

Training sessions can last from half a day to three days and you can choose to progress through the stages depending on the requirements of your role.

Session 1. Brief Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice (1/2 day, 3.5hours): Aims to raise awareness of how you can support mental health and wellbeing within your everyday practice.

Session 2. Brief Mental Health and Wellbeing Intervention (full day): Aims to develop your skills and confidence to recognise mental health and wellbeing needs and to make effective interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Session 3. Extended Mental Health and Wellbeing intervention (full day): Aims to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to use a range of strategies and interventions which effectively support people to take positive steps to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Watch this space!

Looking for a particular course tailored to your needs?

We can adapt all courses and work with you to design courses to suit your training needs – just contact us via the details at the bottom of this page for a chat!

We’re adapting to Covid-19 guidelines to help keep everyone safe!

We’re using a mixture of Zoom, Microsoft Teams, course-specific platforms or for any face to face training at our refurbished Futures Training Suite, YMCA Liverpool, 15 Leeds Street, Liverpool, L3 6HU or your workplace.

For Zoom and Microsoft Teams we send you all of the links well in advance as well as a list of FAQs – we’re here to make your learning experience as comfortable and engaging as possible!

Need a great space for your meeting, event or course?…..hire our hidden gem, our Futures Training Suite!

We offer heavily discounted rates which includes exclusive use of our suite, wash room and refreshments facilities!

Contact us to find out more!

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

0151 600 3530