A partnership which is preparing students for careers in mental health has marked its next phase.
Last summer Activate Learning announced a partnership with mental health charity, RESPONSE, to offer health and social care students opportunities to extend their skills and knowledge.
This week RESPONSE Chief Executive, John McLaughlin, visited City of Oxford College to launch a classroom sponsored by the charity. The room is branded to mirror the charity’s office environment and provides further information about its work and client base.
The room opening is the latest phase of the partnership, which also includes opportunities for work experience, mentoring, sector talks and training.
To date the RESPONSE team has provided 51 teaching hours, including specialist training on dealing with challenging behaviour and safeguarding. The teaching modules include sessions delivered by RESPONSE staff, service users and carers.
Laura Asbridge, Career Pathway Director for Services to the Public, said: “Our partnership with RESPONSE is enhancing our students’ learning by providing them with unique insights into a growing area of health and social care. This is equipping them with skills and knowledge which will help them as they start their careers, while also enabling them to build valuable employer links. We are grateful to the RESPONSE team for their ongoing input.”