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Homelessness mental health skills workshop

Published Wednesday 20 April, 2022
Last updated on Wednesday 20 April, 2022

Swale Borough Council joined Medway Council last month to take part in a joint workshop that addresses the mental health needs of people experiencing homelessness.

The day-long workshop explored cross sector partnership systems changes that could help support those who need it.

Run by CPD accredited trainer aneemo who deliver training to organisations working with people with complex needs, the workshop was held on Thursday, 17 March at The King Charles Hotel in Gillingham.

Following the workshop, front line staff can now complete aneemo’s mental health skills training which covers trauma and PTSD, psychosis, personality disorder and addiction topics.

Cllr Ben Martin, cabinet member for housing at the council, said:

“Our housing team attended a fantastic workshop with Medway Council and training provider aneemo to help us understand how we can work together to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents.

“Homelessness and mental health challenges often go hand in hand, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to take part in this workshop and mental health training to help bridge the gaps often found across services.

Cllr Ghlin Whelin, deputy cabinet member for housing at the council, said:

“This joint workshop was a huge success, and we all took away real changes that can be implemented to support those experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges including making contact with supporting agencies who we can work with to support our customers in a positive way.

“Following on from the success of the workshop, our homelessness service team will be completing aneemo’s mental health skills training which enables frontline staff to better serve those who present to us with complex needs.”