Trainer Coaching (ASIST or safeTALK)

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We have extensive experience of providing support to new trainers. We remember how daunting it can feel to begin with, but also how rewarding. Probationary ASIST trainers may wish to enlist one of our experienced Consulting Trainers to support them in delivering their first 3 courses in order to achieve registration with LivingWorks. Other ASIST trainers may needs support during a difficult time, or may simply want to be supported in working with the ASIST Trainer Competencies. Grassroots is able to offer the following types of support:

On-board support

A registered Consulting Trainer will attend your training and support you in your delivery. Our consulting trainer rate is £700 per course and covers the Consulting Trainer's time over the two days, including debriefing both days. Our hourly consultation rate for any preparation and planning prior to the course, or any coaching sessions after the course, is £30 an hour.

Remote support

We also offer Consulting Trainer support to ASIST trainers via telephone or email. Our hourly rate for this is £60. We will deal with your email requests as and when, then invoice after one or two hours work have built up. Long phone calls would need a little prior arrangement. We round up any telephone consultancy to the nearest half hour.


We can arrange for a Consulting Trainer to be on-call for the duration of your ASIST course in order to provide telephone input if needed. This can help you to feel more confident in your delivery, and to troubleshoot any queries you may have. The cost of having an on-call Consulting Trainer is £100 per course.

Material Sales

We sell LivingWorks materials to ASIST and safeTALK Trainers around England. Please contact us for details.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention appoints new Chief Executive

The Trustees of Grassroots are delighted to announce the appointment of Stella Comber as our new Chief Executive.

Chair of Trustees Rah Bray said:
"We were overwhelmed by the calibre of people who applied to lead our small but highly effective suicide prevention charity during its next phase of development. This response is a tribute to the reputation that our staff, trainers and volunteers have earned in the local and wider community.
"After a rigorous selection process, we appointed Stella because she not only showed the necessary drive, insights and management experience from her current role at Oasis, a well-regarded charity working in the field of substance misuse. Stella also impressed the panel with her compassion and vision for Grassroots, and provided us with tangible examples of how we can increase our effectiveness and help more people through our suicide prevention training and consultancy work.
"We are extremely excited that Stella will be joining us on 6th February 2017."

Stella said:
"I am delighted to join Grassroots Suicide Prevention. Throughout my career I have supported vulnerable people, in a range of adult social care settings and as a leader. Suicide touches many of us; helping to prevent suicide by leading Grassroots during the next phase feels exactly the right move for me. I met trustees, strategic partners, trainers, volunteers and staff from the charity during the selection process. I was inspired by their collective commitment to the aims of Grassroots, and I look forward to working with them all over the coming months and years."

# Stay Alive

A mobile app for those at risk of suicide and people worried about someone.

Android App on Google play
Available on the App Store
Patient Safety Awards Winner, 2015

Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app Emma Wadey, Director of Nursing Standards and Safety at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Suicide is everyone's business; it devastates so many lives no matter who you are, where you work or where you live. We want to use every method available to us to make Sussex, and beyond, a place where people thinking about suicide are supported and helped in their workplace and their community."

Thank you to all our clients and funders, including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • NHS Brighton and Hove
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives