Our Aim

To promote social inclusion, opportunity and wellbeing

by...

Making a positive difference

to services and people's lives

through meaningful training & community engagement

About Us

Who We Are

We are a diverse group of individuals, with different backgrounds and experiences. Collectively we have worked with local authorities, private businesses, charitable and voluntary organisations, and across many sectors including health and social care, education, heritage and international industry. Each Director brings a rich array of knowledge and perspectives and we are bound by our common interest in building a fairer society.

We like to be creative and to seek the involvement of others in generating new ideas, both to overcome existing challenges and in Thinking BIG about new ways to improve experiences and outcomes.

After a number of years of talking about ideas, we decided it was time to take action. We looked at different models for forming a charitable, not-for-profit organisation, and took advice from some who had gone before us in this sector. As a result, we formed Thinking BIG as a Community Interest Company, dedicated to engaging in training, and projects with individuals, groups and organisations, in pursuit of the overarching aim - to promote social inclusion, opportunity and wellbeing, by making a positive difference to services and people's lives through meaningful training and community engagement. There are no share holders, no dividends and no spurious expenses. Any funds raised are put entirely into the running of projects for the benefit of the community.

As for the name, we asked the people we work with what words they thought captured what we do. We want people to Think BIG when considering new projects and activities, not to be limited by what is already out there. A little imagination and passion goes a long way, and we're on an exciting journey.

We have experience of achieving outstanding outcomes, both with organisations, and with individuals. Our training is designed, delivered, evaluated and quality assured, with organisations benefiting from improved employee ability, confidence, performance and wellbeing. Our community projects have made a positive difference to people's lives, and include collaborations with The National Lottery Community Fund, the Police and Crime Commissioners for West and South Yorkshire and their Violence Reduction Units, Menston Parish Council, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Kirklees Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, and Yorkshire Mentoring. 

Our Story

Our aim is to promote social inclusion, opportunity and wellbeing by Thinking BIG. To achieve this, our vision is to facilitate positive experiences, progress and sustainable outcomes; empowering people through education, training, skills-building and having a collective voice in shaping future services and lives. 

Much of our work is with individuals and groups who face barriers to inclusion, opportunity and/or wellbeing, and others who can support these very people.

Children and adults can be vulnerable or disadvantaged by many factors including disabilities, ill-health, poverty, abuse, isolation, marginalisation or being in care. They can also find it difficult to keep themselves and others healthy and safe, or to access opportunities, services or employment, as a result of missing out on appropriate education, training or support. We can help to achieve goals and aspirations which improve lives.

Others who support vulnerable people include families, friends, carers, schools, and involved or potentially supportive professionals, volunteers and services. These people can also face challenges which need to be recognised and addressed and they can be empowered in their roles through dedicated support and training.

By choosing to use our training services for their teams, organisations can benefit from outstanding workforce development whilst simultaneously supporting their communities, as money raised is invested back into meaningful activities and projects.

Our Vision
 

Training

Who is it for?

Individuals

Groups

  • Community groups

  • Clubs

  • Groups of individuals with a common interest

Organisations

  • Local authorities

  • Private companies

  • Charities and other third sector organisations

What is it?

See below for general compliance, specialist, and bespoke training and service development options

How does it work?

Individuals

  • You may be referred to us by another organisation for one-to-one training

  • You can book a place on an open access course; these are published when spaces are available

Groups

  • We can help you to assess your training needs

  • We can deliver any of our courses at your usual meeting place

  • We can help you to identify and apply for funding if appropriate

Organisations

  • We can help you to assess your training needs to ensure regulatory compliance and good practice

  • We can deliver our courses to teams in the workplace, developing communities of practice, agreed ways of working and positive relationships

  • We can work collaboratively on projects

 

General Compliance

A range of accredited training is on offer to any environment, delivered by subject specialists via an Ofqual regulated Awarding Body and National Training Centre. This guarantees that employers' due diligence obligations are met and workforce competencies are qualified within the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

  

FIRST AID

  

  • Basic Life Support

4 hours / short day / split sessions

RQF Level 2 Qualification

An ideal introduction to essential first aid skills, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of defibrillators (AEDs).

  • Emergency First Aid at Work

1 full day or split sessions

RQF Level 3 Qualification

Includes responsibilities, assessment of the situation, CPR, AEDs, choking, bleeding control, shock, epilepsy, seizures, minor injuries and burns.  

  • First Aid at Work

3 days or split sessions

RQF Level 3 Qualification

Comprehensive First Aid course, ideal for workplace First Aiders and those who want to know how to deal effectively with a wide range of emergencies, injuries and illnesses.

  • Emergency Paediatric First Aid

1 full day or split sessions

RQF Level 3 Qualification

Includes developmentally appropriate techniques for assessment of the situation, CPR, AEDs, choking, bleeding control, shock, seizures, minor injuries and burns.

  • Paediatric First Aid 

2 days or split sessions

RQF Level 3 Qualification

Comprehensive Paediatric First Aid course, ideal for childcare professionals, parents and those who want to know how to deal effectively with a wide range of emergencies, injuries and illnesses.

HEALTH & SAFETY

    

  • Health & Safety Level 1

4 hours / short day / split sessions

RQF Level 1 Qualification

An introduction to Health & Safety in the workplace, suitable for all employees as part of induction and mandatory training.

  • Health & Safety Level 2

1 full day or split sessions

RQF Level 2 Qualification

An ideal qualification for all employees, including those with supervisory and Health & Safety Lead responsibilities and anyone who may need to carry out risk assessments. This course includes legislation, roles, responsibilities, risk assessment, hazard management and procedures for responding to accidents and incidents.

FIRE SAFETY

  

  • Fire Safety Awareness

4 hours / short day / split sessions

RQF Level 1 Qualification

An introduction to Fire Safety in the workplace, suitable for all employees as part of induction and mandatory training.

  • Fire Safety

1 full day ​or split sessions

RQF Level 2 Qualification

An ideal qualification for all employees, including those with Fire Safety / Fire Warden responsibilities. This course includes legislation, roles, responsibilities, causes and properties of fire, risk and incident management.

MANUAL HANDLING

  

  • Manual Handling Principles & Practice

1 full day / split sessions​

RQF Level 2 Qualification

An ideal qualification for anyone whose role involves any lifting, carrying, pulling or pushing, or whose role includes any responsibility for supervision or risk assessment. The course includes responsibilities, potential injuries and ill-health, manual handling risk assessment and management, and application of safe manual handling principles.

Specialist

A range of Education, Health & Social Care specialist training is available, suitable for providers, leaders, managers, employees, volunteers and interested parties.

 

Our specialist trainers are qualified teachers who also hold leadership qualifications in Health & Social Care, and as such, they are qualified to certify all the training they deliver. They are experts in their field, having extensive working knowledge of services for children, people with disabilities and vulnerable adults.  Genuine specialists.

In addition to the courses below, any of the General Compliance courses can be delivered to specialist teams, making learning relevant and meaningful to the setting. Course length is variable, according to need, prior knowledge and numbers.

SAFEGUARDING

Principles of Safeguarding & Protecting Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults

RQF Level 3 Qualification or Certified CPD

This course is suitable for all people of 18 years and above. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a positive difference to a vulnerable person's life. It includes legislation and guidance, indicators of abuse and neglect, making judgements, roles and responsibilities, sharing of information, dealing with allegations and complaints.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

  • First Aid for Mental Health  Level 1

RQF Level 1 Qualification

Suitable for all, this course is aimed at developing awareness and knowledge of mental health. It looks at how to identify suspected mental health conditions, and the skills to start a conversation and be able to signpost somebody towards professional help.

  • First Aid for Mental Health  Level 2

RQF Level 2 Qualification

Recommended for all practitioners and interested individuals, this covers the content of the Level 1 course but also expands on the effects of drugs and alcohol, incorporates the First Aid for Mental Health Action Plan and covers ways in which a positive mental health culture can be supported within any setting or workplace.

RESTORATIVE PRACTICE

Undertaking ‘A Journey into Restorative Practice’ introduces participants to restorative tools and approaches, considering ways of living and working, to build positive relationships and community. This training underpins the value base of the group, team or organisation in pro-actively working with children, young people, families and others, rather than doing things to them or for them. It also prepares participants for further work on restorative workshops and projects.

EQUALITY & DIVERSITY

Equality and Diversity in Reality. This training ensures that everybody is aware of their own and others’ duties under the Equality Act, including an understanding of protected characteristics and forms of discrimination. It also draws on the values which underpin equality in examining social conditioning and the impact of discrimination. It arrives at shared ways of working to minimise disadvantage and discrimination, and maximise inclusion and participation.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

This course will equip you with an understanding of child development and relevant theories, developmental milestones, the potential causes and impact of developmental interruption, and our role in supporting healthy development.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

This course looks at the human journey, encompassing physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and relevant theories. It encourages participants to consider who they are, what shaped their journey and how they can impact on their own and others' development.

BUILDING RESILIENCE

Participants will learn about the role of resilience in managing challenge, pressure and stress. They will look at causes and effects of personal and professional stress and research into stress and resilience. In conclusion, they will develop strategies for managing stress and building resilience.

CHILDREN'S HOMES

Many people work or interact with children and young people who live in care, but few of these people have a good understanding of the reality of life in a children's home. Children in care want their experiences to be better understood and this course will give people insight into their reality. For residential professionals, this includes understanding of the Home's Statement of Purpose and measures of success.

Bespoke Workforce & Service Development

With experience in leadership, management and service development, our consultant is well placed to identify and design activities to support your aspirations and ambitions. 

Below are some of the training and development activities we offer, all of which are tailored to your unique needs and settings.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Support in identifying your training needs, whether for good practice or for ensuring that you are able to meet specific client needs.

INDUCTION

Design and delivery of induction for new staff teams or volunteers.

COMMON PURPOSE

Team training to generate and embed a shared understanding of organisational aims, factors which affect these aims and the skills needed to manage conflicting demands and maintain a common purpose. 

EMBEDDING RESTORATIVE APPROACHES

Following Restorative Practice training, this series of workshops is designed to translate learning into practice, with measurable outcomes providing evidence of 'Restorative Organisation' status. 

PRESENTATION SKILLS

This can be delivered to teams as a part of induction training, as CPD workshops or as one-to-one coaching.

CONTINUING 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

Bespoke training sessions and workshops to meet identified development needs.

SERVICE DEVELOPMENT FACILITATION

Facilitated workshops designed around organisational development plans.

SUPERVISION

Professional supervision for individuals in leadership and management positions in health and social care settings, including children's services.

MENTORING

One-to-one mentoring for aspiring leaders and managers.

 

Projects

We research and develop projects, and we also work collaboratively with others on projects which contribute towards our aim, so if you have an idea which promotes social inclusion, opportunity and/or wellbeing, let us know. This could be anything from targeted interventions to rolling out new training across communities or organisations.

We work with partners who provide funding, we collaborate on joint projects and funding bids and, if appropriate, we can seek the funding required to turn the idea into reality.

 

We are actively involved in primary and secondary prevention projects, with a mental health focus and public health approach. Below you will find details of some of the projects we're currently delivering.

Himmat

Each year approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health condition and at least 1 in 6 employees experience common mental health problems in the workplace. 50% of mental health problems are manifest by the age of 14 and the number of children and young people experiencing mental ill-health is rising.

 

Young people believe that if adults in their environments (home/school/services they are engaged with) have better understanding of mental health and how to support someone experiencing difficulties, they would feel safer and be able to seek/be offered appropriate support sooner.

 

We developed the Health in Mind project to support and enable young people and the adults who work with them to address their concerns and difficulties earlier, reducing the negative impact and deterioration of their difficulties, and improving their wellbeing and ability to engage and achieve.

 

With the support of The National Lottery Community Fund, we provide free training and qualifications in First Aid for Mental Health, for professionals and volunteers who work with children and young people across Yorkshire. The RQF Level 2 Award, written in collaboration with the NHS, provides learners with an awareness of mental health and mental illness and the knowledge and skills to recognise and respond to a range of mental health difficulties, including how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost someone to seek appropriate professional help.

 

Participants learn about the first aid action plan for mental health. They develop skills which enable them to support individuals experiencing difficulties, and also to implement a positive mental health culture. Organisations whose teams have completed the training report significant benefits as a result.

If your organisation supports young people and would like to arrange training in First Aid for Mental Health, send us an email to admin@thinkingbiguk.org

Building on our learning and findings from the Health in Mind project, and in collaboration with the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and Yorkshire Mentoring, we have developed a mental health project aimed at improving mental health and reducing domestic abuse. 

There is a complex relationship between mental health and domestic abuse, and we know that mental ill-health can increase the risk of an individual both being subject to abuse, and becoming the abuser. There are also many other well-evidenced reasons why improving mental health can improve experiences and outcomes, including parental mental illness being one of the recognised Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with long-term impact on a person's life.

Mind Over Matter is a programme which begins with either a Level 1 (1 day) or Level 2 (2 days) Ofqual regulated qualification in First Aid for Mental Health, with extension activites focused on children and young people's neurological and emotional development, and our capacity to support positive experiences, relationships and wellbeing. There is then a period for embedding learning into practice, with activities agreed to be undertaken before  reconvening for the follow-up session. This provides an opportunity for learners to apply their knowledge and practice their skills, and then reflect on these activities as a group, sharing and learning from each others' experiences, findings and perspectives. Any challenges or questions that have arisen during the practice activities can be explored and supported, thereby strengthening practice and confidence and increasing sustainable impact. 

The Level 1 route is aimed at young people aged 14 - 18, with a primary focus on their own wellbeing, self-management and relationship skills, and ability to support others around them. They learn how to recognise difficulties, start supportive conversations, and use stress identification and management tools and wellbeing plans. The Level 2 route is aimed at professionals and volunteers who work with young people; it includes the Level 1 content and has an extended focus on practical skills for supporting people in crisis, developing positive mental health culture and practice within their teams and organisations, and resources to use with young people and share with colleagues.

After the planned cohorts of trainees have completed the programme, we will be holding a learning conference in 2021, with an opportunity for participants and wider stakeholders to share learning, feedback, outcomes and ideas for future development.

If your organisation supports young people in and around the Barnsley area and you would like to get involved in the Mind Over Matter programme, send an email to karol@yorkshirementoring.org.uk 

The Friends & Family Project

This project was born of an idea to provide new opportunities for the friends and families of children and young people with disabilities. These people create the support networks for their children, but who's in their network of support? It makes perfect sense to create opportunities to connect people together, enabling them to share experiences, challenges, information, skills and fun.

We know that parents and carers can experience social isolation and a whole range of challenges. We also know that those who are best connected have the best experiences and outcomes. In it's first year, with one Hub in Keighley, the project worked with some amazing families and we grew from strength to strength. 

The project is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund and we work in partnership with other organisations to deliver bespoke training and support. We run monthly group sessions (currently on Zoom) and have an online resource with session summaries, presentations and links, for people who can't make it to meetings. We get together to learn from specialist trainers, guest speakers and each other, with professional advice on hand. We have lunch and a natter and we help each other out.

We now have three Hubs, in Bradford, Keighley and Menston in West Yorkshire. If you live in or near any of these places and have a friend or family member who is a child or young person with a disability, why not get in touch? Would you like to know more about the project? Maybe you'd like to get involved in some of our meetings, training, or social activities? If so, drop us an email at admin@thinkingbiguk.org or you can find us on The Local Offer:

https://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/service/591-the-friends--family-hubs--thinking-big

Keeping Silsden Safe

THE HARRY BEVERLEY
TILLOTSON TRUST

We have used the fabulous facilities ​at Silsden Town Hall to deliver training and hold meetings on a number of occasions. Whilst running a First Aid course there, we were approached by volunteers of the Library, enquiring about opportunities for them to access First Aid training. 

 

We researched population and health data in the local area and talked to the local businesses and residents. We found that there was indeed a need for greater awareness and skills in First Aid, along with a willingness of local people and businesses to undertake training and support the community.

 

We worked collaboratively with Silsden Town Hall to secure funding from local charity The Harry Beverley Tillotson Trust, and we are proud to have their support in offering free First Aid training and qualifications at the Town Hall. This brings people of all ages from the community together, developing connectedness, skills and capacity to Keep Silsden Safe. You can see more about the project at

https://silsdentownhall.org.uk/2019/12/05/keeping-silsden-safe-fills-up/

and

https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/18022266.free-first-aid-course-offer-silsden/

 

This project, like many which rely on physical contact, has been halted by the current COVID-19 restrictions, concerns and risk assessments. Many people have already benefited from the training, with outstanding feedback and positive impact for families and the community; hopefully more will have the opportunity in the future.

Street First Aid is an innovative project designed by Thinking BIG and delivered in partnership with Yorkshire Mentoring, Safer Kirklees and the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, as part of the Government's Violence Reduction Unit initiative.

It gives children and young people, and the adults and organisations who work with them, the opportunity to participate in a full day's accredited training in essential life-saving skills, alongside awareness and skills training in issues related to violent crime.

The impact of knife crime is often in the news and, sadly, an increasing reality for individuals and communities in Yorkshire and nationally. We are working collaboratively and creatively with young people to reduce the number of people carrying knives and being involved in, or becoming a victim of, violent crime. We recognise that people can experience difficult situations and we make sure that if people encounter a life-threatening scenario, they know what to do to save lives.

We also offer half-day Street First Aid Basics sessions, focused on how to manage violent injuries and support people who are unresponsive or bleeding.

Both the accredited 1-day training and the Basics sessions have online delivery options.

To find out more about Street First Aid, contact admin@thinkingbiguk.org 

To arrange FREE Street First Aid Basics sessions in a setting in Kirklees, contact kirklees@yorkshirementoring.org.uk

Contact Us

Email us at admin@thinkingbiguk.org or use this form to get in touch

Location:

We are based in Leeds and Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. 

 
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