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High Furlong School

27th September 2019 

This weeks course was a one day Handling People with Special Needs Education refresher evaluation workshop for staff based within schools who have previously attended and successfully passed a Centaur five day Masterclass Course.

We had two Key trainer from High Furlong School attending, Debra Moss and Carol Taylor, they were joined by Kathryn Trego from Mayfield School in Lancashire.

Although there were only three Key Trainers attending today it was still a very busy and productive day with the Centaur trainer covering a number of areas including theory training delivery ideas, risk assessments, responsibility of the trainer and a number of practical techniques.

Blackpool Council 27th Sept 19

Debra, Kathryn & Carol



11th September 2019

This weeks course of the week was a one day Handling People with Special Needs Education refresher workshop and was held at Crocketts Community Primary School in Sandwell. We had a full course with six participants attending from various school across the area, Claire Foxall and Claire Greenhouse both from Crocketts Community Primary joined by Patricia Owen and Deborah Worley from St Michael’s High School, Michael Arscott from Brays School and Nicola Harries from Wyre Forest School.

Left – Right: Claire, Claire, Michael, Nicola, Deborah & Patricia.

23rd August 2019

Aberdeenshire Council 23 Aug 19

This was the first course ran by our new primary trainer, James and I am pleased to say that it went great with brilliant feedback received from the three participants. The course was held at Aberdeenshire Council’s office in Inverurie on the 23rd August 2019. We had three participants attending, Lynda Watson and Jacqueline Smith both from the council, they were joined by Giridhar Ravi from The Highland Hospice in Inverness. James said that the day went very well with all three participants demonstrating high standards and will continue to make great Key Trainers.

Course felt like you were participating all the time with both the trainer and other participants, best refresher I have been on“ Lynda Watson, Employee Development Officer, Aberdeenshire Council


East Dunbartonshire Council

Janet was back at Kirkintilloch School in East Dunbarton this week to deliver two one day basic manual handling courses for staff based within schools throughout East Dunbartonshire Council. Day one, 21st August 2019, we had nine staff from five different schools attending. The day was spent covering the basic theory knowledge along with the basics of manual handling techniques and how to carry these out safely, along with looking at specific techniques which the staff may need to use with pupils within their schools.

Day two, 22nd August 2019, there were five members of staff in attendance, again from a number of schools within the area. This group were again taught the basic theory knowledge needed for them to carry out safe moving and handling of their pupils, along with techniques which they may require.

Clyde Healthcare

19th – 21st August 2019 – Centaur trainer Jan spent three days at Clyde Healthcare’s head office in Hillington Park, Glasgow to train three new Key Trainers on the Load Management Theory & Client Handling Techniques Train the Trainer Masterclass course. These three staff are part of the home care team and will now go on to deliver manual handling training to the other staff within the home care department of Clyde Healthcare. Attending the course we had Adele Wright, Jordan Gunn and Sophie Smith and I am pleased to say that all three worked really hard throughout the three days and all successfully passed the course.

I think Jan was an amazing trainer and I would enjoy taking another course with her in the future” – Sophie Smith, Care Coordinator, Clyde Homecare.

Adele, Jan (Centaur Trainer), Sophie & Jordan


16th August 2019

Today’s Janet was at Kirkintilloch High School in Glasgow to deliver a one day Handling People with Special Needs Education refresher evaluation workshop to staff from various schools in the surrounding area. This course was aimed at staff who work with children and young adults with physical special needs and have previously attended a full five day course with Centaur. However on this occasion we were asked by one of our longstanding clients, Falkirk Council, if we would allow one of their staff to attend the course as a refresher even though they have not been previously trained by Centaur. On this occasion we accepted the person onto the course and they were given a certificate of attendance and are now interested in attending the full five day course in the future.

The four participants for the day were, Laura Elliott from Moray Council, Susan McLaren from Dundee City Council , Diana Wason from Campsie View School in East Dunbartonshire and Joy McDonald from Falkirk Council.

Janet is excellent at bring the discussion back on point. Her knowledge is wide ranging and I learn may things when I attend my refresher course” Susan McLaren, SFL Training Officer, Dundee City Council

Course was great, Janet is a fountain of knowledge and fab at sharing information, to discuss things through with.” - Diana Wason, SEN Teacher, Campsie View School

Belong – 23rd July 2019

This weeks course was the first course delivered by Centaur’s new primary trainer James and was held at Belong in Warrington. This was a one day refresher evaluation workshop for three of the Key Trainers based within Belong who have previously attended and completed the three day Load Management Theory & Client Handling Techniques train the trainer course.

Belong 23 July 19

The day went well and was very busy with many practical techniques covered and practiced, including new techniques to assist the Key Trainers with problem solving back in their places of work.

Attending the course we had Bridget Lawler, Caroline Newton and Julie Burton, we also sent our long standing primary trainer Jan along to assist James. The course was very well received by all three of the Key Trainers who attended with brilliant feedback given.

Welcome to the team James.

City Of Wakefield Council Refresher Day

On the 15th July 2019, Jan spent the day at Hazelgarth Moving and Handling Training Hub in Wakefield to deliver a one day Load Management Theory & Client Handling Techniques refresher evaluation workshop. We had two Key Trainers from Wakefield Council attending, Sharon Myhill and Susan Brown and they were joined by Stephen Walsh from Middlesbrough Borough Council.

City of Wakefield Council 15 July 2019

Left to Right: Susan, Jan, Sharon, Stephen.

They spent the day covering many areas requested by the group such as hoist requirements and falling clients and also did some problem solving and great discussions. The trainer said that they all worked really well together and have all worked hard to maintain their high standard.

8th – 12th July 2019

This weeks we held a five day Handling People with Special Needs Education train the trainer masterclass course at Palmerston School in Liverpool. We had two participants from the course attending, Rosie Elson and Jenna Boyd and they were joined by Shamim Mukadam from Firwood High School and Jane Keese from Merefield School.

Palmerston School 8-12 July 19

It was a great five days with all four of the participants working very head which paid off at the end of the course as they were all awarded a pass with merit.

It was a lovely coure, relaxed and informative. A great week and learnt lots” – Jane Keese, Teacher, Merefield School

St Hugh’s School

St Hugh's School 11 July 19

On the 11th July 2019, Centaur’s primary trainer, Janet, visited St Hugh’s School in Scunthorpe. This school now has a large team of manual handling trainers who have all previously attended and completed the five day Handling People with Special Needs Education train the trainer course with Centaur and now required a one day refresher course. Attending the course we had Andy Houghton, Elizabeth Hood, Sophie Eyre, Michelle Johns, Sarah Hirst, Bridget Coy, David Robinson and Samantha Bentley.

This team are a credit to the school as they are so focused and ensure that they pass on best practice to the staff they train and continue to reduce risks as far as reasonably practicable.” Janet Hunt, Centaur Primary Trainer