Advocacy 2 Engagement

Training Courses

Our courses focus on independent living, rights and responsibilities.

Resources are designed for entry level and above. They can be used with groups or with an individual in any setting and can be delivered at a person centred pace and timescale. Themes can be developed to suit learners with a wide range of abilities. Each activity aims to build on skills and knowledge and real life experience.

  • Progression activities and suggestions are included.
  • All courses are tried and tested by people with learning disabilities.
  • a-2-e can deliver the course at your venue or you can buy our course packs to deliver yourself.

Each Course pack costs £70 and includes -

  • Lesson plans,
  • Tutor guidance,
  • Single hard copy of each handout/worksheet,
  • Electronic copies of all handouts and worksheets,
  • Suggestions for progression of learning

To place an order for a course pack or to find out more about a-2-e delivering training for you, email admin@a-2-e.org, or you can phone us on 01623 821534.

I’m thinking about Relationships

A course exploring different relationships and the some rules about our relationships and personal space

  • The different relationships people have
  • How to meet and greet different people in your life
  • How people show how they feel by their words, voice, face and body language
  • What we mean by personal space and some rules about how close we should be to different people
  • What to do if you have a problem in a relationship

I’m thinking about having a Personal Budget

All people in receipt of services will be getting Personal Budgets, and this course helps people to explore what this means in real life

  • What we mean by “personal”, “budget” and “choice”
  • Different care needs that people have and some different ways that people live their lives and get support,
  • Jo’s story of following the 7 steps to get a Personal Budget,
  • Things that can be paid for with a Personal Budget,
  • What to do when you do not understand words or phrases

How to interview staff who work for you

More and more people are being asked to interview staff, either for themselves or in the services they get, this course helps people think about how to get the best person for the job and to be fair.

  • How to look at the skills and interests people need if they work for you as staff, supporters or personal assistants.
  • How to find the best person for the job, practice doing interviews and how to score answers.
  • How to be safe, be fair and keep things confidential.

I’m thinking about work

A course to help people understand what we mean by work, exploring -

  • Paid work, voluntary work and work you do for yourself,
  • Why people work and how people get money,
  • Different work that people do (what times they work, what they do at work, if they get paid),
  • What you should and should not say or do at work,
  • When you should go to work and when you should stay at home.

How to make the best of yourself

This is a great course to explore our appearance. How to present ourselves well, to increase self-esteem every day and for important events like interviews and special occasions.

  • What people can do to look after themselves, including hands, teeth, clothes
  • Getting ready and speaking in front of other people
  • What makes people feel good

How to travel safely

This course helps people explore through role play, activities and exercises how they can keep safe when they are travelling and out and about.

  • The different ways people travel and the support they need
  • How to plan for travel and to keep safe when using different kinds of transport
  • How to book and pay for transport safely and about bus passes
  • How to keep our property safe when travelling

How to keep safe at home

This course explores home safety, accident prevention, visitors and property

  • The different homes people live in and how they can keep safe and prevent accidents like scalds burns and falls
  • How people can keep their property safe and what to do when a visitor calls or someone telephones
  • Who can help you feel safe

How to keep yourself healthy

This course was designed as an accessible tool to help people understand some complex ideas about healthy living

  • What food is and what happens to food when you eat it.
  • What doctors mean when they talk about a “balanced diet”
  • Different activities to find out about portions and what people can do to use energy from food
  • Activities people can do to keep themselves healthy

How to do self advocacy

This course looks at speaking for yourself, rights and responsibilities,

  • Different ways you can speak for yourself and who can help you
  • Why it is hard for some people to self advocate and what to do if someone is being bullied or harassed
  • Things that affect if you can or cannot have what you want
  • Having lots of practice to be a self advocate

How to advocate for others

The growth of “user” groups and involvement initiatives is a great idea, but do people understand what it means to be an effective representative for others?

  • What your job is if you are asked to do advocacy or represent others either in meetings or for individuals
  • What skills, experience and support do people need if they are doing advocacy for others?
  • How to be sure you are doing what people want you to do for them and not just give your own views
  • How to know if you are doing a good job when you do advocacy for others