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Able Training Autism Awareness Week

What is FASD? (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)

The varying effects of alcohol have been observed by human civilization for thousands of years. Its use is often varied, having a place in all levels of society and utilised consistently in medicine, religion, and social ritualism. The eternal contradiction between alcohol as essential for pleasure yet being a catalyst for pain and societal evil, is found throughout much…

Able Training Autistic Pride How Autistic People Have Influenced Human Culture

How Autistic People Have Influenced Human Culture

This month plays host to the worldwide celebration of Autistic Pride Day.  The 18th June saw organisations and people across the globe come together to connect with one another through various events, with the aim to celebrate autistic diversity and to demonstrate to allistic (non-autistic) people that those with autism are unique individuals, and not…

Able Training Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace and Mental Health First Aid

The 13th May see’s the start of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.  In today’s increasingly knowledgeable and tolerant society, there’s still a whole lot of social stigma surrounding mental health. Mental health is conventionally defined by a person’s level of psychological well-being or the absence of mental illness – mental illness referring collectively to…

Able Training Autism Awareness Week

Autism Awareness Week

This year sees the return of National Autism Week, and the 10th Anniversary of the Autism Act in England.  Pioneered by the National Autistic Society (NAS), the goal of National Autism Week is to raise public awareness and draw attention to the 700,000 people living with autism within the UK, and to help make the…

Able Training Dementia Care and Nursing Home

Dementia Care and Nursing Home Expo 2019

This March sees the return of the Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo, being held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.  Showcasing annually, the Expo is renowned as the UK’s most dynamic social care event, with a huge focus on inspiring positive business growth and sustainable practices within the health, welfare and care sector.…

Able Training Ofsted Framework Changes and Positive Behaviour

Ofsted Framework Changes and Positive Behaviour

We have all seen and heard the news that Ofsted has launched the consultancy into their revised inspection framework to potentially come into place in September 2019. Within the proposed changes, change to the judgment of personal development, behaviour and welfare split – We at ABLE applaud the changes with this split. Accompany this with…

Able Training Stand Up For Cancer 2018 Glee

Supporting Cancer Research UK

Director & Head Trainer of ABLE Training, Andy Baker is currently undergoing training of his own. Despite training others in a variety of different subjects from First Aid to Physical Intervention, Andy is stepping out of his comfort zone and into the spotlight as a stand-up comedian for one night only. In support of Cancer Research…

Able Training World Autism Day Hands Up For Health Minds

World Mental Health Day 2018: #HandsUpForHealthyMinds

This years world mental health day is focusing on young people and mental health in a changing world. It seems this year more than ever before, there has been a huge amount of coverage on this day which is great for raising awareness and with the Prime Minister appointing the first ever Minister for Suicide…

Able Training ADHD Awareness Month Scepticism Surrounding ADHD

ADHD Awareness Month: Scepticism Surrounding ADHD

ADHD – A Misunderstood Condition There still seems to be a lot of scepticism around the cause of ADHD and whether it is over diagnosed. ADHD is a very common disorder with surveys of children between the ages of 5 and 15 years finding that 3.62% of boys and 0.85% of girls have ADHD¹. Although…

Able Training World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month Part 4: Responsive Measures

To view part 1 of this blog series, please click here. To view part 2 of this blog series, please click here. To view part 3 of this blog series, please click here. In the last instalment of this 4-part blog series during World Alzheimer’s Month, we discuss the importance of training when faced with…

Able Training Alzheimers Proactive vs Reactive

World Alzheimer’s Month Part 2: Proactive vs Reactive

To view part 1 of this blog series, please click here. In the second instalment of our 4-part World Alzheimer’s Month blog series we are focusing on the importance of ensuring proactive preventative measures are put in place within care settings, thus ensuring care staff are trained appropriately and correctly. It is very common for…

Able Training Violence Aggression in Dementia Care

World Alzheimer’s Month Part 1: Violence & Aggression in Dementia Care

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, a degenerative brain condition that affects over 50 million people internationally. People’s experiences of dementia are always going to be different, some may not associate violence and aggression with dementia, but unfortunately for a lot…

Outstanding Care Home Service Award Finalist

In April, the ABLE Training team traveled to the NEC in Birmingham for the first Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo. We were excited to meet people from the Dementia Care community to discuss our training and how it benefits those working closely with those will the illness and the event didn’t disappoint. We met…

Able Training talk at Coram BAAF

ABLE speaking at CoramBAAF

In February we had the amazing opportunity to be invited to speak at the Coram Baaf conference “Aggression and Violence in Foster Care and Adoption”. It was a great event with some interesting speakers alongside our Managing Director Andy Baker. It is such a complex subject and one-day event can only touch the surface on…

Able Training Challenging Behaviour in Adult Care

The Myths Surrounding Self Harm

The phrases ‘self harm’ or ‘self injury’ are used to describe a wide range of behaviours. There are many misunderstandings related to these behaviours and the reasons why they occur. Self-harm is often understood to be a physical response to an emotional pain of some kind, and can be very addictive. Some of the things…

Getting to Know the Local Community at Grantham Business Club

On Thursday 13 July 2017, Andy Baker, Director & Head Trainer and Gemma Eaves, Marketing Assistant went along to the first Grantham Business Club Expo held at Arena UK. We were amongst 46 varied businesses exhibiting at the event and found it a great evening for networking within the local business community. There was a great mix…

Able Training Discusses the Importance of Training in Care on TV

If your personal safety was being threatened at work by a customer, service user or member of the public while at work would you know what to do? There were an estimated 698,000 incidents of violence at work according to the 2015/16 CSEW, comprising of 329,000 assaults*. The care sector being one of the highest risk…

Child Sexual Exploitation: myths vs reality

Five myths about child sexual exploitation Three years after the revelation of the biggest child sexual exploitation (CSE) scandal that shocked the country and one year after the publication of ‘Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation’, a comprehensive report that set out how the Government would deal with CSE and respond to the identified failures myths still…

Able Training Foster carers learn physical intervention techniques

Should foster carers learn physical intervention techniques?

Should breakaway, restraint, safe or therapeutic holding and physical intervention training be offered to foster carers? Physical intervention should always be a last resort and de-escalation skills, proactive behavioural strategies and empathetic behavioural support are always preferable but there are occasions when physical skills may sometimes be necessary and appropriate. If a foster carer is…

Able Training First Aid In The Wilderness

NEW: Public courses in Emergency First Aid at Work

We’re pleased to announce the return of our popular public courses in Emergency First Aid at Work the first of which will be held in Grantham, Lincolnshire on Thursday 10th March 2016. At just £62.99 this one-day course is ideal for: Small businesses which do not have a need to run an in-house course but…

Able Training Challenging behaviour and aggression in schools

Challenging behaviour and aggression in schools

A survey for the ATL teachers’ union of 1,250 teachers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland reports that: 40% of teachers have experienced at least one incidence of violence from pupils in the past year. Of those, 77% said they had been pushed, and around half were kicked or had an object thrown at them.…