Brightside is a programme of learning and reflection, helping people find positive ways to think and develop in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is currently available to three groups:

  • Secondary and sixth form students
  • Early Years practitioners
  • Community and voluntary groups

The programme is run by the council’s Local Outbreak Management Plan team and is grant funded.

Secondary and sixth form students

This new programme gives students in-depth knowledge and understanding of Covid-19.

They learn how different professions have responded to the pandemic through a series of interactive webinars.

Students take part in modules, called Spotlights, that provide learning opportunities such as running communications campaigns and writing reports on Covid-19 mitigation.

Brightside focuses on the future, looking at new opportunities and ways of working that students may never have considered.

For more information on our school and sixth form Brightside programme, email or call 01454 868093.

Early Years practitioners

This new programme of learning for qualified practitioners provides insight and promotes understanding of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme supports the continued learning of practitioners in how to build resilience in Early Years children. It also supports the practitioner in having well-informed conversations with parents and carers.

They also learn about the response to the pandemic from different professions from across the council.

For more information on our early years Brightside programme, email or call 01454 868093.

Community and voluntary groups

This programme is an opportunity to access two free interactive workshops open to volunteers and practitioners linked to community organisations. They are an opportunity to develop further knowledge of health inequalities and health protection and to work together to reduce the impact on everyone’s health. This happens via two online training sessions and ongoing monthly network meetings and communications.

The next two training sessions will be:

  • Tuesday 21 June 2022 1.30pm to 4.30pm – Health Inequalities
  • Thursday 7 July 2022 1pm to 4pm – Health Protection

There will also be 10 monthly network sessions over the next year to celebrate and support the excellent work the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector has done during the pandemic, to build on strengths and look to the future. We will be looking at subjects such as analysing and using data and statistics, climate change and trauma awareness. We also encourage you to give ideas of your own.

The dates for the first three sessions are:

  • Monday 27 June 10am to 11.30am
  • Monday 25 July 10am to 11.30am

If you have not attended a training session and want to join the network, you can still sign up.

The Community Brightside programme is open to volunteers and practitioners linked to community organisations.

To sign up to or find out more information about our community Brightside programme, email or call 01454 864606.

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