Free Training

Alford House in partnership with St Michael’s Fellowship is offering six sessions of free training in the Stronger Minds Programme for Mental Health Resilience.

The programme was developed by a partnership of Lambeth voluntary sector organisations and local young people. Stronger Minds builds on evidence-based theories and techniques and is informed by local knowledge of specific issues for young people in Lambeth.

 The Stronger minds resource pack is available here at


The training sessions run Thursdays 4 pm – 6 pm 12th September – 17th October in Streatham.


If you would like to book a place on this training, please email:

With your name, contact details including phone number and occupation.

Further enquiries phone Clare on 07944 562 747




4pm to 6pm

12th September

19th September

26th September

3rd  October

10th October

17th October

Content and Themes

Introduction and background to theories and reasearch into mental health resilience.


Activities from



The importance of self awareness.

Theories of change.


Activities from


The Positive Psychology movement





Activities from

“Faith religion and Spirituality”

Using group dynamics



Activities from

“Managing Emotions”

Listening and user led sessions.


about young people

and learning


Activities from

“Physical Health”

Preview new activities devised this year around critical thinking and

violence prevention.

Round up and review


Learning Outcomes:

Each of these sessions will explore ways of using the Stronger Minds Resources with young people in groups or 1 to 1.

Insight into the challenge of applying knowledge to our lives and changing our behaviour.

Understanding how the history of research impacts the content of the evidence base and the implications of this for our practice.

Knowledge of the impact and limitations of positive psychology theories such as optimism and learned helplessness.

Insight into the recurring patterns of behaviour in groups, especially young people, and how we can use this to reinforce prosocial attitudes.

Understanding of the latest research into how deprivation affects the way young people learn.

Knowledge of a range of sources of learning support for physical health.

Consolidate learning. Explore ways to adapt existing activities and develop new ones.

After the training, you will have a richer understanding of five themes of mental health resilience & feel confident adapting the tool kit both ‘in the moment’ and in planning sessions for young people with specific needs.

Who should attend : 

  • Youth Workers
  • Youth Advisors
  • Family Support Workers
  • Social workers
  • CAMHS Professionals
  • Counsellors working with young people 
  • School Teachers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pastoral Leads in schools Colleges & Universities 
  • Faith Groups


 The Stronger Minds Programme was a collaboration between organisations working with young people: Alford House, The Resilience Foundry, St Michael’s Fellowship, Rathbone and Beyond the Classroom and funded by the NHS. Over six months, young people in Lambeth and youth practitioners co-produced a toolkit of five sections which you can download for free from this website.