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Wellbeing 101

Training Course

22-30 September 2023 | Moffat, Scotland, United Kingdom

This training will provide youth workers with a basic knowledge of mental health & wellbeing and develop a toolkit of practical, evidence based methods which young people can implement in their own lives to successfully manage their wellbeing.

Wellbeing 101 is a 7-day residential training course for youth workers, social workers and educators, funded by the Erasmus+ programme and promoted by the UK NGO Coyote Initiatives. Participants will develop the basic knowledge mental health & wellbeing, and learn practical, evidence based methods, which young people can implement in their own lives to successfully manage their wellbeing. Participants will experience the wellbeing tools themselves, learn the science behind them and plan how they can develop them for the young people they work with. Participants will leave with a toolkit full of tried and tested methods to improve both their own and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

The project will take place in Scotland, UK, in the town of Moffat, which is 50 miles south of Edinburgh and will involve 30 participants from 10 different European countries (Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, Poland, Slovenia, Estonia, Greece, and United Kingdom).

Our main aim is to develop the competences of youth workers, teachers & social workers to support young people to manage their mental health and wellbeing and develop resilience.

To reach this aim we have the following objectives:

- To equip participants with the knowledge and tools to empower young people to make positive changes in their lives to increase their mental health & wellbeing;
- To provide youth workers with a baseline understanding of anxiety & some key mental health conditions;
- To explore scientifically proven approaches and methodologies to improve mental health & wellbeing;
- To equip participants with the tools to train young people in anxiety management & sleep hygiene;- - To explore the participants’ target groups and develop suitable action & session plans for implementation of the learning outcomes from the training;
- To share best practices and increase the quality of youth work in Europe

The levels of Anxiety, Depression and other mental health issues are rising in society across Europe & beyond, especially in young people & there is not yet a corresponding rise in methods to deal with this, especially in terms of anxiety management. The effects of this are felt across all demographics of young people & particularly those with fewer opportunities.

It is clear that youth workers & youth field professionals are being left - and even expected - to deal with these issues. While the issues should be dealt with by mental health professionals, often the youth workers & are the first port of call. While we need to work towards better policies and government funding etc, we need to train those youth workers in practical, evidence based tools which are effective and easy to use.

While we should not expect youth workers to be able to deal with all of this, it is beneficial for them to be able to: a) recognise symptoms; b) have an awareness of the initial steps or 'first aid' that can be applied in a situation, c) be able to pass on evidence based tools to young people and parents to deal with some of the symptoms, and d) know who to refer them to for further support.

In this course we will provide clear information on some aspects of mental health, and introduce the concept of Trauma Informed Support, and mainly include evidence based tools which are proven to work and are relatively quick and straight forward to learn. We will also convey how the workers themselves can take care of themselves when dealing with these things.

This course will be an introduction to the topic, provide tools, and also provide an opportunity for us to share our experiences and collect effective methods from each other.

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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 30 participants

from Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Türkiye, United Kingdom

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches, Social Workers, Teachers, Youth Field Professionals

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Coyote Initiatives CIC (Youth NGO)

Coyote Initiatives is a non-profit Community Interest Company and Social Enterprise based in Edinburgh and working across Scotland.
We design and deliver a range of trainings, facilitation, programmes & projects, mainly for young people & youth field professionals both in Scotland and internationally.
Our focus is on youth & community engagement and empowerment, using a wide variety of methods and tools including music, arts, technology and nature. We work in partnership with local government, charities, social, youth and other leading organisations to design and deliver projects for young people, especially those with fewer opportunities and from marginalised groups.

Contact for questions:

Steve Gasgarth


Phone: +447814771201


Participation fee

A non-refundable participation fee of €70-€200 (£60-£175) is required to attend this course. The amount is based upon your own, and your organisation's situation.

We ask that you pay this in advance, upon selection, to guarantee your place on the course. 

If the fee is a barrier to attendance we can make arrangements with you and your organisation to ensure you can attend. 

The Erasmus+ funding does not fully cover the course. We work with the training team, project coordinator and ourselves to provide subsidised rates for this course. This, along with your contribution of the above fees, and the time and effort put in by our partner organisations for free, allow this course to take place and all act as co-funding of this project.

Accommodation and food

All food and accommodation will be covered by us and the Erasmus funding. 

Travel reimbursement

Eligible travel costs up to the limits set by Erasmus+ will be reimbursed upon receipt of all relevant documentation. All details will be supplied prior to the course. 

Maximum reimbursement amounts:

GREECE: €360

TURKEY: €530

UK: €180 (100-499km), €20 (0-99km)

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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