Dumfries and Galloway College recently partnered with worldwide charity HALO Trust (Hazardous Area Life-support Organisation) to provide online training to help cope with trauma and mental health issues.
During the latest courses offered by the college – ‘Dealing with Difficult Conversations’ and ‘An Introduction to Mental Health’ – HALO staff logged in from the front line of the war in Ukraine, as well as locations across the globe such as Kosovo, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Iraq, Tunisia, Jordon, Angola.
HALO is on the ground in Ukraine working to keep families safe. UNHCR estimates 12 million people need humanitarian assistance, with reports of landmines on humanitarian corridors and a lethal tide of unexploded devices now litters the streets.
HALO Trust is a non-profit body which removes debris left behind by wars, in particular landmines, with its global headquarters based in Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway.
With the majority of HALO staff being based outside Scotland, online delivery has allowed them to benefit from the training packages, no matter where in the world they are on duty.
The college has been working closely with HALO since 2019, offering online support in areas such as ILM Leadership & Management, NEBOSH, Equality & Diversity training and Mental Health First Aid training.
College Principal Joanna Campbell said: “The college is proud to partner with HALO Trust in delivering online training help to its staff across the world.
“HALO staff put themselves before others as they enter danger zones to try to keep people safe.
“Offering online assistance via our courses is a great way to support and help them as they support and help communities overseas.”