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IEP Corporate Affiliates Joined by a Dogged Duo

07 November 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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IEP Corporate Affiliates Joined by a Dogged Duo

Big Dog Little Dog (BDLD) have become the latest Corporate Affiliate Partner of the IEP.

A two-man social enterprise, BDLD comprises of Kevin Moore FIEP, founder of Future Path, and Bob Kitchin, former CEO of Twining[SP1]  Enterprise. BDLD delivers mental health and employment training and consultancy to our sector and beyond.

Formed in December last year, BDLD have already made an incredible impact. Their Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses have been delivered in public, private and voluntary sector organisations, including:

  • The Work & Health Unit
  • DWP and Jobcentre Plus
  • Work & Health Programme, NCS and ESF Providers

Demonstrating how to turn MHFA from “just” training into something far more tangible, they have trained 2 public sector organisations’ staff to become champions within their workplace – openly advertised to colleagues as being the go-to people if they’re struggling.

Just as exciting has been their delivery of a 2-day enhanced mental health course to Jobcentre Plus frontline staff across half of London. Since being involved in the test and learn pilot, BDLD have trained over 650 Work Coaches, DEAs, front of house staff and Managers in how to adapt their approach to support claimants with poor mental health.

Feedback from both types of training has been amazing, including participants suggesting the training be mandatory for all staff and managers, regularly describing it as the best training they have ever attended, and insisting that a new score needs to be invented as “very good” doesn’t do the trainers justice!

In terms of the IEP, Kevin (Big Dog) has been a Fellow since the beginning and the founders are looking forward to a closer connection with the Institute, both strategically and operationally. They offer an in-depth knowledge of mental health services; how integrated programmes can work and the role of services such as psychoeducation and social prescribing within our sector. They are already booked to deliver some short MHFA training as part of the Luton Partnership Programme, and we look forward to working with them in their aim to upskill frontline staff.

Bob Kitchin (Little Dog) says “We’ve had a great first year with Big Dog Little Dog, and it’s an exciting time to become a partner of the IEP. Mental health is no longer a niche provider area of need and provision.  Its now everyone’s business. We look forward to working with the IEP and its Members to help build capacity within our sector.”