Connecting Community Networks CCN

What is Connecting Community Networks All About?

Life can be hard…but for some, because of particular circumstances, and more often than not, through no fault of their own, life can be much harder still. Connecting Community Networks recognises this and looks to protect and enhance citizen well-being and promote life quality. It oversees the delivery of a number of much needed holistic services that has real, evidenced based wellbeing benefits for some of our most vulnerable members in the community.

CCN takes a different approach from many other traditional services by starting from a premise of vulnerability and risk due to life challenges and looking to demonstrate a positive resolution for the individual based on improved wellbeing.

The Organisations Behind CCN

Common Unity is the central driving force behind all of the CCN programmes with external expertise being brought into the process to best deliver all elements of each and every programme. This partnership arrangement means that from conceptualisation right through to the point of evaluation, specialist support is realised to demonstrate the potential for such approaches to improving well-being.

What Programmes Are in Place?

URBRUMweb based community centred platform, is all about discovering innovative ways of engaging communities with their own health and wellbeing and the health and well-being of those around them. Its approach to engagement, information and intelligence sees communities as both the recipients and providers of health and well-being intelligence with a view that through such an organic process, services and support will continue to best reflect what communities need and want.

ASIST/safeTALK – Delivery of the world renowned suicide prevention programmes across specific Birmingham sectors to best identify and support those who are vulnerable in respect of suicidal ideation and behaviour.

ManMade: Through The Gates – Utilising the ManMade Peer Led support approach that enables men to survive in modern day society, ManMade: TTG is an exciting opportunity to test the model and its impact with men at HMP Birmingham who are soon to be released back to the community.

ManMade: Cruse – Men often find it difficult to engage regarding their losses in life and thus can play a negative part in men coping with crisis through loss. This programme looks to achieve greater resilience and well-being through providing men with the opportunity to engage with the area of loss and bereavement as part of a Peer Led Support Programme led by specialists in the field of Bereavement.

Bloom in Birmingham is a unique project aimed at reducing social isolation and improving the physical and mental well-being of women living in Birmingham and at risk regarding their health utilising a peer led support approach.

Schema – an approach to suicide prevention

Who SCHEMA is designed for

Forward For Life and Common Unity believe that suicide prevention requires a range of approaches to be effective. One of the key approaches is through the delivery of training that looks to strengthen the knowledge base, the skill base and the resilience levels within and across our communities for all community members both in a professional context and general population context.

SCHEMA, as a one day training programme, has been developed and designed to enable people from all walks of life, through adopting a six stage approach, to reduce the likelihood of potential suicide behaviour and therefore reduce suicide.

SCHEMA – How it will help you:

• Spot the signals of possible suicide ideation

• Ask the right questions

• Explore with empathy

• Assess risk and forward plan

• Enable short-term support and appropriate signposting

• Learn the skills that can save lives

For further information about this training, please feel free to contact us.

All in the mind? – Mental Health Awereness Training

Training type – Tailored
Overview: Mental Health…What’s it all about? Designed locally, MHAT takes a fresh approach to disentangle the often confusing area of Mental Health and how it impacts on ourselves, our families and the wider society around us.

Course content:
1) Understand the differences between mental health problems, Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing
2) Have an understanding of different mental health problems including signs, symptoms and causes.
3) Gain knowledge as to the effects of mental health problems on a person’s self-esteem and wellbeing.
4) Appreciate the impact of stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems.
5) Have an opportunity to look at our mental health and look at ways of supporting it.
6) Gain an understanding of the prevalence of mental health problems in today’s society and the myths surrounding mental health problems.

Duration: 1 Day – 20 people


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – Approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), ASIST is a licensed and internationally standardised programme teaching a robust model of suicide intervention with 6 easy-to-remember steps.

Facilitated by highly skilled Master Trainers, ASIST is a comprehensive two day course which enables communities to become more willing, ready and able to help persons at risk of suicide and work towards building suicide safer communities. Recognised by the World Health Organisation and delivered to over a million people worldwide, ASIST is an interactive and practical course that has been proven to help people know how to identify risk and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Since its initial creation over 30 years ago, ASIST has been developed and refined multiple times to best upskill delegates to be ready, willing, and able to help someone who is having thoughts of suicide.

ASIST is intensive, interactive and practice dominated.


After being trained our delegates have told us they feel more able to

►  Identify people who have thoughts of suicide
►  Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions
►  Seek and share and understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
►  Review current risk & develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behaviour for an agreed amount of time
►  Accessing further help as needed.


Training type – Licenced

Overview: MHFA is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained.

Course content:

How to….

preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others

provide help to prevent the mental health problem developing into a more serious state

promote the recovery of good mental health

provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem

raise awareness of mental issues in the community

reduce stigma and discrimination


Training type – Licenced


Mental Health First Aid Lite (MHFA) is about enabling individuals to provide initial support for someone in a mental health crisis situation or who is developing a mental health problem

Course content:

This 3 hour course will enabling participants to:

• gain a wider understanding, for themselves and others, of some issues surrounding mental health

• gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects business

• work more effectively with people experiencing mental health problems

• identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems

• define mental health & some mental health problems

• relate to people’s experiences

• help support people with mental health problems

• begin developing a business case for promoting mental health in the workplace

• look after their own mental health.


Individuals attending the course will receive the official MHFA Lite Manual and a certificate of attendance accredited by MHFA England


safeTALK is a half-day course that offers you practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support. The safeTALK course was developed by LivingWorks in Canada and is delivered worldwide. It compliments our more comprehensive 2 day ASIST course by widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided.

safeTALK is a licensed and internationally standardised half-day course that offers you practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.


The safeTALK course was developed by LivingWorks in Canada and is delivered worldwide. It complements the more comprehensive 2 day ASIST course by widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided. Through attending the safeTALK course, delegates will know what to do if someone’s suicidal through following the easy to remember TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe. These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide and helps you both move forward to connect with more specialised support.


Training type – Licensed


Internationally licensed training.

This program alerts community members to signs that a person may be considering suicide. It acknowledges that while most people at risk of suicide signal their distress and invite help, these intervention opportunities are often overlooked.


Course content:

safeTALK is a half-day course that offers you practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.

Participants learn to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and to respond in ways that link them with further suicide intervention help. Suicide alert helpers contribute to a suicide safer community.


Duration: 3.5 hours

Up to groups of 30 delegates


Training type – Tailored


Stress has devastating effects across society, costing millions to business, to the health sector and having an untold impact on all our lives both directly and indirectly. This short course provides delegates with the opportunity to get informed and be enabled to take on stress through some simple yet effective approaches

Course content:

What is stress?

The causes of stress

The impact of stress?

How might we cope with stress?


Duration: 3 Hours

Up to 20 delegates (Group bookings only)


Training type – Tailored


Poor Well-Being over a period of time effects our quality of life and often the quality of life of those around us. is Well-Being & You provides a good baseline understanding of ways to promoting personal wellbeing and well-being in self and others

Course content:

Have a clear understanding as to the nationally recognised 5 ways to wellbeing and the evidence base behind it

Have considered the five ways to wellbeing and potential opportunities for self/others.

Have gained a clear understanding of the local five ways to wellbeing programmes available.


Duration: 3 hours


Up to 20 delegates (Group booking only)


Training type – Tailored

Overview: Organisations across all sectors are recognising that workforce mental health is key to ensuring the future stability and growth of business. Mental Health & Work looks to both inform and provide self-support skills at an individual level whilst also highlighting what can be done at a wider level to optimise good mental health across the workforce.

Course content:

What is mental health all about?

What might be the causes?

What’s the costs?

How might our mental health impact on the workplace?

How might the workplace impact on our mental health?

Solutions for developing better mental health in the workplace – person-centred

Solutions for developing better mental health in the workplace – Work centred

The importance of work-life balance


Duration: 3 Hours

Up to 20 delegates (Group bookings only)