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Change through people

  • Training
  • Consultancy
  • Coaching
  • Supervision

Improving outcomes for service users by developing a confident and responsive workforce.

We aim to motivate, inspire and build confidence.

Jo Bush and Jools Hesketh established the Training Exchange in 1997. Since then the organisation has continued to grow and establish its reputation as a high quality provider of training and learning opportunities. All our staff and trainers are experienced and qualified professionals.

The company has grown from roots within the fields of community, youth, health and social work. The directors' and trainers' experience within these fields has driven us to recognise and remove barriers to learning. Our response is to design courses that incorporate different learning styles, value diversity and encourage participation.

The Training Exchange now benefits from the services of 26 associate trainers who deliver a wide range of training and professional development courses both in-house and on our open-access training programmes.

We are involved in national developments within the field, our courses are delivered by experienced practitioners and develop according to current evidence and standards of good practice.

The Training Exchange has a reputation for delivering high quality training, which has a sustainable impact on individuals and organisations. In the last year more than 2500 people have attended courses run by The Training Exchange.

Over the past fifteen years we have worked with a wide range of national, regional and local authorities, community safety partnerships, drug action teams, further and higher education providers, drug service providers, criminal justice services, heatlth & education providers, community services, youth projects and housing providers.

A full list of the organisations can be found here.

Alongside our regular delivery of training courses we have continually sought funding for innovative projects or been commissioned to develop and deliver specific pieces of work. Some of our most recent work is lited below:


Training Exchange multi agency training course programmes in Bristol and Plymouth

Drug Awareness and Introduction to Supporting Drug & Alcohol Affected Families Multi Agency Training Programmes for Safer Bristol

Alcohol Brief Interventions, Drug & Alcohol Awareness, Responding to Young People's Drug and Alcohol Use Multi Agency Training Porgrammes for Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership

Alcohol -Identification and Brief Advice Training Programme for NHS South of England

Targeted Mental Health in Schools INSET training for schools, Bath & NE Somerset Council Children's Health Commissioning

Accredited Alcohol Brief Interventions Training with the Open College Network

Specialist Substance Misuse Training Programme, Dyfed

Community Reinforcement Approach Training Programmes, Turning Point (Somerset, Sheffield & Westminster)

Facilitation and Consultancy

Young People's Substance Misuse Mapping and Gapping, Dyfed

Young People's Substance Misuse Needs Assessment, Monmouthshire & Torfaen

Young People's Substance Misuse Screening and Assessment Tools development, for Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership

Resource Development & Production

Alcohol Step by Step Guide, Young People's Substance Misuse Screening and Assessment Tools, for Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership