Mental health partnership launches training courses

Mental health charity, Oakleaf, which is based in Guildford and supports people through training and wellbeing social activities, has partnered with Professional Training Solutions (PTS), a provider of employability, apprenticeship courses and training programmes. PTS works across London, Surrey and the South East, and together they will deliver an employability programme to help individuals get started or return to a work environment. 

As part of the National Lottery funded Pathways to Work project, the fortnightly courses will begin on 27th October and provide work-related training via face-to-face and online sessions. Learners will also be signposted to other training courses through PTS, including Health and Social care and customer service depending on their choice and preferences.

Annalise Baker, Client Services Manager of Oakleaf, commented: “Oakleaf exists to improve the lives of people managing mental ill-health in Surrey, and to reduce social isolation by actively engaging and supporting individuals. The pandemic has been a challenging time for many, and we hope that this programme with PTS will help to increase confidence, independence, teaching new skills and obtaining new qualifications.”

Jackie Denyer, MD and founder of PTS, added: “Promoting awareness and reducing stigma is key when it comes to mental health services, and we’re really pleased to be supporting Oakleaf in this amazing project as we support individuals gaining vital skills and qualifications.  Work-related training is a core skill, and we will work with employers to offer work experience, placements and jobs.”

To learn more about the partnership, get in touch here

PTS is delighted to be launching on Global Mental Health Day, its FREE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace. If you, or your company, are interested in finding out more, follow the link here.

Startup Details

Startup Details



Oakleaf has been helping the community to manage its mental ill-health since 1995. Following the Care in the Community Act 1990, an occupational therapy unit at the old local Victorian asylum, Brookwood Hospital, closed and relocated to Guildford. The charity was registered in 1997 and has been led by its Chief Executive, Clive Stone, ever since.

The charity’s aim is to transform the lives and futures of adults managing their mental ill-health and help them secure the skills, confidence and training needed to return to the workplace. This pathway is delivered via three main focuses: Work-Related Training, Wellbeing Activities, and Counselling Services.

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