We have crafted successful and powerful training sessions for the likes of the NHS, Premier League football clubs and County Councils. But we can also create sessions suited to small independents with considerably fewer members of staff
Find out more about who we’ve worked with and what they’ve had to say about our sessions.
Afta Thought’s worked extensively with both the public and private sector over the last 30 years. We’ve been involved with all sorts of training through drama, from safeguarding and dementia to conflict resolution, performance management and customer excellence.
We’ve worked with a range of clients across different sectors, including shipping (CMA-CGM), healthcare (BUPA), pharmaceutical and research (Unilever), 40 health and NHS trusts, culture (NML), housing and the public sector, where we’ve worked with 38 local authorities so far, and counting…
These are a few examples of our recent work; you can see our complete training list here, or can keep up to date with our latest news and events by taking a look at the blog.
Paul O’Donnell – Professional Advisor – Mental Health Legislation (Cumbria)
“Cumbria have used the services of AFTA Thought so that staff can really understand what it means to apply the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. We’ve asked them to present to multi-agency groups, to groups of care home managers and to carers, and in all of those situations they’ve enabled us to have the conversations that we actually wanted to have. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards can be a very dry and difficult subject to explore in a training room but the actors and the scenarios means that everyone stays awake and the penny drops about what this means back in their own workplace and with their own practice.”
Approved Mental Health Professional & Approved Best Interest Assessor
Kate Henderson – Strategic Housing Manager, South Ribble Borough Council
“Afta Thought delivered Safeguarding Training to a wide range a staff in the council using drama. Afta Thought were chosen due to their wealth of experience and unique approach in tackling difficult subjects.
“Before the training, Mary worked closely with staff to really understand the current issues, together with the council’s policy and approach to safeguarding. This background work really paid off during the training. All staff who attended the training remained fully engaged and were able to relate to the situations that were played out. Staff feedback after the session was overwhelmingly positive, with one member of staff stating that the training was “one of the best training events I’ve ever attended. Excellent and memorable delivery of a very serious subject”. The council wanted to make sure that staff were aware of not only the range of safeguarding issues, but also the subtle signs of abuse. We genuinely feel Afta Thought helped to achieve this.
“Thank you to Mary and her team!”
Amy Christmas, Learning and Development Officer, Plus Dane Group
Plus Dane have worked with AFTA Thought for around 5 years, during which time they have delivered drama workshops around diversity issues for around 800 employees. These have always been very positively received and been described as “thought-provoking”, “challenging” and “inspiring”.
More recently, AFTA Thought’s Chris Callander facilitated a session for Plus Dane’s employee Diversity Champions, the Something for Everyone group. This was to increase the knowledge of group members around the Equality Act (2010), thereby increasing confidence when dealing with questions or sensitive issues from colleagues. The session helped group members to understand that the Equality Act applies to us all, no matter what Protected Characteristics we possess, and that it exists to protect and promote the diversity that exists within our workplace and wider society.
The session invoked a passion in members to learn and understand more, and to apply this knowledge fairly, transparently and rationally within the workplace. It reinforced to the group the need for working positively with diversity for the benefit of colleagues, customers and partners who we work with.
Lisa Cooper, Deputy Director of Quality & Safeguarding – NHS England
AFTA Thought delivered a number of scenarios at our first annual conference focusing on CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation). The emotional content delivered on the day was truly powerful which at times left our audience stunned in silence. As a team they highlighted various ways vulnerable young people are targeted and used for adult gratification. Throughout the day the conversations held as a result were directly influenced by the material they had seen by the AFTA Thought team.
Along with our other speakers and presentations the team helped powerful learning take place, empowering professionals to tackle the issues head on.
“AFTA Thought – Made it real for me and how I can spot the signs of CSE and help children.”
“AFTA Thought – what a powerful session truly heart-breaking and really made me think.”
No doubt AFTA Thought’s input will have a lasting effect on the healthcare professionals who attended the CSE conference this year.
Dan Jolley, Project Manager, League Football Education
“AFTA Thought have delivered a number of My Future Today training events in conjunction with League Football Education and Dame Kelly Homes Trust.
These events were developed for football apprentices to promote personal development to become a well-rounded person and player. The apprentices found themselves emotionally connected to the training material which meant that strong messages and key training points hit home. The MFT (My Future Today) project was delivered across the country to every Football League club, working with their apprentices at a time when personal development is hugely important. We have worked with AFTA Thought to help develop interactive training scenarios that are both powerful and relevant to the football apprentices. Their input has been invaluable and the feedback from the young players has been very positive”
Dan Jolley, Project Manager, League Football Education