Viewing posts from: February 2020

26th February 2020

Today’s course was a one day Handling People with Special Needs Education refresher evaluation workshop for The PACE Centre in Aylesbury. This one day refresher was for the four current Key Trainers based at The PACE Centre, Szilvia Kopor, Sarah Hyde, Sonia Pike and Shleena Lee amd they were joined by Helen Brind who was previously employed at The PACE Centre but has now moved onto Playskill. Helen still joins the manual handling team at The PACE Centre frequently, sharing knowledge and tips.

The PACE Centre 26 Feb 20

26th February 2020

The second course this week was again a one day Handling People with Special Needs refresher course, this time for Wiltshire County Council. We had seven participants, Elizabeth Schorah, Alison Patrick, Tracy Evans, Hilary Townsend, Lyn Vines and Claire Moore all from Wiltshire County Council and they were joined by Emma Waters from Commonweal Secondary School in Swindon.

Wiltshire County Council 26 Feb 20

The day was spend covering many areas including looking at the training plans and risk assessments used by the Key Trainers, covering legislation and looking at practical techniques.

24th February 2020

Today’s course was held at The Orchard School in Sandwell. This was a one day refresher evaluation workshop for staff who have previously attended and passed the five day Handling People with Special Needs Education train the trainer course and are now due to attend the one day practical refresher course.

The Orchard School 24 Feb 20

Attending the course and pictured above we had Janice Stirrup and Rachel Boon, both from the host school and they were joined by Michelle Goundry from The Bridge School in Birmingham and Nicola Brant from Woodgreen School in Wednesbury.

It was a busy day refreshing theory knowledge and also covering many areas of practical technique including risk assessment and working on the pool side.

Southcraig School, Ayr

17th – 21st February 2020

This week Maureen traveled to Southcraig School in Ayr to train four new Handling People with Special Needs Key Trainers, Fiona Daily, Jane Gordon and Karen McIntrye all from the host school, they were joined by Julie McManus from Invergarven School. It was a great week and Maureen was made to feel very welcome with all four of the course participants participating in the five day course with great enthusiasm.

Thoroughly enjoyed, I learned a lot, gave me the change to evaluate and room for improvement. Looking forward to putting into practice what I learned” – Fiona Daily, Teacher

Really enjoyed the course and I am must more confident in delivering moving and handling with pupils and staff” – Karen McIntyre, Teacher


Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar

From the 17th – 19th February 2020, Jan was across at Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis to train a new team of Key Trainers on the Load Management Theory & Client Handling Techniques course. We had a busy course with seven participants attending in total, Caroline Morrison, Laura Copp, Anne Clark, Mairi Martin, Kirsteen Morrison, Peggy MacLeod and Sarah MacKay.

Comharle Nan Eilean Siar 17-19 Feb 20

 Storm Denis tried hard to prevent the trainer getting across to the island to deliver this course but thankfully she made it over safe, even if her flights were a little bumpy and after three days of hard work from all the participants they all finished the course achieving a pass and can now go on to deliver manual handling training in their own place of work.

10th – 14th February 2020

Janet spent this week at Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich, Suffolk. We only had three participants, Clare Dakin from Thomas Wolsey School and Kelly Worger and Fiona Hawes both from Riverwalk School in Suffolk, attending this week long Handling People with Special Needs Education train the trainer course, despite this the days were very full with all three of the participants working hard.

Thomas Wolsey School 10 - 14 Feb 20

This course has been a very educational experience. I have a clear understanding of every aspect and I am coming away confident and feel capable with the reassurance that I have help and support if I should need it. Thank you very much to Janet who has delivered a clear and well thought out course, giving me clear guidance and valuable knowledge.” – Clare Dakin, Special Support Assistant, Thomas Wolsey School

Barrs Court School – 11th February 2020

Barrs Court School 11 feb 20

Diane & Karen

Today Maureen visited Barrs Court School in Hereford to deliver a one day Handling People with Special Needs Education refresher workshop to the two Key Trainers based at the school, Karen Hughes and Diane Vickress. Although we only had the two participants is was a very busy day spent covering a number of areas including theory knowledge updates, risk assessments, training resources and practical techniques.

7th February 2020

Today, Janet spent the day with Key Trainers in North Wales at Cyfarthfa High School in Merthyr Tydfil. This course was a one day Handling People with Special Needs Education refresher evaluation practical workshop and all six Keytrainers had previously attended the full five day course with Centaur. Attending the course we had Donna Jenkins from Greenfield School, Lisa Beattie and Alison Devereux both from Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and Marian Farrelly, Donna Hewitt and Samara Cummings all from Crownbridge School in Torfaen. It was a busy day with all six of the Key Trainers working hard, demonstrating techniques and working on training delivery in their own school and I am pleased to say that they all ended the day achieving a pass with merit, Well Done!


4th February 2020

Today Jan was back at the Moving and Handling Training room in Kelso Hospital to deliver a one day Load Management Theory and Client Handling Techniques refresher workshop. Attending the course we had David Hume and Jamie Lindsay. These two Key Trainers are both based at NHS Borders and have both been a manual handling Key Trainer with Centaur for many years. They were also joined by Dawn Newlands from Brothers of Charity, again Dawn was trained many years ago and continues to attend these one day refresher courses in order to maintain her manual handling accreditation.

NHS Borders 4 Feb 20

LEFT TO RIGHT: Dawn, Jamie, Jan (Centaur trainer) and Dave.

The day was spent looking at equipment and the practical techniques needed to work with this equipment along with other problems which may occur during manual handling and how to deal with them safely using risk assessment.

3rd February 2020

Today Centaur trainer Maureen visited Ganton Special School in Hull to deliver a one day Handling People with Special Needs Education practical refresher workshop. There were five participants for this one day refresher course, all who had previously attended the full five day Handling People with Special Needs train the trainer course, Jayne Ward and Leanne Cartlich both from Ganton Special School. They were joined by Michael Pearce and Alison Nicholson both from St Anne’s School and Sixth Form College in the East Riding of Yorkshire and Dixon Kennedy from The Education Village in Darlington, County Durham.

Ganton School 3 Feb 20