Community Support Skills and Workplace Support Skills Training

RAMHP Coordinators, Merilyn Limbrick and Helen Sheather from Murrumbidgee LHD have been very busy over the last few months providing valuable education for communities in the Murrumbidgee area. This has included Workplace Support Skills (WSS) training and Community Support Skills (CSS) training.

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Workplace Support Skills (WSS) training with Lockhart Shire Council on Melbourne Cup Day

RAMHP Coordinators, Merilyn Limbrick and Helen Sheather from Murrumbidgee LHD have been very busy over the last few months providing valuable education for communities in the Murrumbidgee area. This has included Workplace Support Skills (WSS) training and Community Support Skills (CSS) training.

What is Workplace Support Skills (WSS) training and Community Support Skills (CSS) training?

Workplace Support Skills (WSS) and Community Support Skills (CSS) training has been designed to meet the needs of people living and working in rural and remote NSW. One in three people will experience some form of mental ill health across their lifetime and it’s important that we understand what we can do to help.

We all have a friend, family member, colleague or even a neighbour who we’d like to help should the need arise.

RAMHP is all about linking people to the help they need. The WSS and CSS training RAMHP provides gives people the confidence about seeking help for themselves, or supporting someone by helping them to access the help they need.

Examples of some of the WSS training sessions which have been rolled out in the Murrumbidgee LHD include staff from the Department of Education in Tumut, Lockhart Shire Council, Deniliquin Land Care, as well as teachers from Jindera, Lavington and Springdale Heights Public Schools. In addition staff from Catholic Schools Office, Centacare and the Catholic Diocese office in Wagga Wagga.

Helen also presented the CSS training recently to volunteer Community Car Drivers in Finley.

Feedback has been very positive and word of mouth so effective that presentations have already been booked for staff at a disability service in Wagga called the ‘Leisure company’ and for approximately 30 teachers at Gundagai High School, 70 staff at Deniliquin Shire Council and over 60 staff and volunteers from around Deniliquin at Interreach.

Other presentations for 2015 include the Lions Club in Young and Narrandera Home and Community Care staff.

Customer testimonials include:

 “Thank you so much for the presentation today. I know us girls from Centacare took a lot from it.” Mandy Jones, Acting Administration Team Leader, CentaCare Southwest NSW

“Thanks for this follow up and for conducting the course. It was very helpful. “Donna Mack, Administrative Officer, Lockhart Shire Council

“This was a terrific workshop. Thanks for the notes & certificate.” Participant Corowa Landcare

“I was really impressed by the format, information and insight into mental health I was given in the workshop at Deniliquin last week” Participant Primary producer

“I learnt so much today and have realised that I am not travelling as well as I could be. I feel more confident to go and talk to someone now.” Participant Volunteer

If you or your organisation are interested in participating in a Workplace Support Skills (WSS) or Community Support Skills (CSS) training session, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.