Free Virtual Training to Support Vulnerable People

Voluntary, community and covid response groups and local councils in East Suffolk are invited to attend free virtual training sessions to help them support the most vulnerable people in their communities.

East Suffolk Council has funded a range of new online training sessions which will be taking place this month as part of a pilot scheme to provide local groups and councils with the knowledge and confidence needed to continue their work to support vulnerable people in their local communities.

Initially, the sessions will focus on three specific topics which have been identified through the Council’s work with clinically extremely vulnerable individuals over the past year and feedback from covid response groups across East Suffolk:

  • Domestic Abuse Community Advocates
  • Mental Health First Aid Awareness
  • Working with those in Distress

Cllr Letitia Smith, Cabinet Member for the Communities, Leisure and Tourism, said: “The past year has been challenging for many of us, even more so for the most vulnerable people in our communities. That is why the work that local groups and councils have been doing – and continue to do – has never been more important, helping so many people who might otherwise have struggled.

“We have designed these free training sessions to focus on specific areas which have been identified as priorities. The aim is to provide local groups and local councils with the knowledge, tools and confidence to deal with these topics so they can continue to provide the vital support that the most vulnerable people in our communities need during what continues to be a difficult time for many.”

For more information or to book your place, please email

If the events prove successful with attendees, the Council will aim to roll out more over the Autumn. The Domestic Abuse Community Advocates training is now fully booked but please contact us to register your interest and we will plan additional sessions for the Autumn.

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