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Jeff Smith MP closes The Loop Volunteer training

Jeff Smith MP closes The Loop Volunteer training

We Provide

The Loop delivers high quality interactive training in a number of areas. The courses are:

Multi-agency Safety Testing

This is a half day course for up to 20 people that covers the essential aspects of setting up and delivering a “front of house” forensic testing service for public safety at public events. The challenges and obstacles, as well as the benefits, of establishing a drug testing service for the public will be explored with the Loop’s Multi Agency Safety Testing (MAST) team.

This will include guidance on:

  • setting up protocols, procedures and memoranda of understanding;

  • liaising with relevant stakeholders;

  • overview of available testing technologies, considering cost and effectiveness;

  • discussion of the process a typical sample might go through;

  • undertaking the UK legal and policy context to ‘front of house’ testing;

  • practicalities and ethical considerations;

  • establishing links with regional, national and international testing networks.


Drugs Awareness

This is a half day course for up to twenty people which:

  • introduces delegates to definitions about what a drug is;

  • sets out the legislation on drugs and new psychoactive substances;

  • describes a model for understanding the range of drugs;

  • details their desired effects and the risks associated with their consumption.


Welfare Provision

This is a half day course for up to twenty people which looks at how those working in the night time economy can keep people safe at events. It:

  • examines the role of different staff groups in keeping people safe;

  • the types of issues that can be presented and how they should be dealt with;

  • the key considerations in setting up a welfare service.


Train the Trainer

This is a two day course for up to 10 people, which is delivered by two trainers. On day one two half day courses on drugs awareness, and the provision of a welfare service are delivered. Day two focuses on the delivery of training with the trainers covering important

issues such as:

  • aims and learning outcomes

  • the importance of learning styles and their impact in terms of training delivery

  • the range of training methods to support delivery

  • how to deal with “difficult” delegates.

In the afternoon of the second day delegates are supported to deliver a short session of their own with constructive verbal and written feedback from both trainers.

Responding to Drug Use in the Night Time Economy

Badge of Excellence Course

This one day training programme is aimed at people who work in bars, nightclubs and festivals who come into contact with people who use drugs recreationally. It will cover basic drug awareness including the risks of drug use, legal issues and identifying and responding to drug related issues in the Night Time Economy (NTE)

The course has been developed in conjunction with The Specialist Services Network Occupational Development and Training Team at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and has been awarded a Badge of Excellence by Open Awards in recognition of the high standard of course content and delivery methods.


The aim of the course is to support participants to ensure the safety of their customers attending their events in relation to drug related harm

The Learning Outcomes are for participants to be able to:

  • Understand what is meant by the term “recreational drug use” and why people use these drugs.

  • Understand the effects and risks of recreational drugs commonly used in NTE venues.

  • Examine the scope of current legislation relating to drugs commonly used in the NTE.

  • Identify drug related problems faced by staff organising and working in NTE venues.

  • Identify a range of appropriate harm reduction responses to drug related problems in the NTE.

Anyone who completes this one day course will receive a Badge of Excellence certificate of completion from Open Awards.

The Loop’s Trainers

The Loop’s trainers have a wide range of training experience. They hold relevant training qualifications and have front line understanding and experience in relation to drugs awareness and welfare provision.

For further information on any of the above courses, or to have a discussion on bespoke courses, prices and availability please contact us below.

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