Taz Wood shares her hopes of taking county lines training to her colleagues at the City of York Council.
What is your current role?
I am a Housing Training Officer at the City of York Council. I procure training for the housing and building services department and am involved in a variety of projects.
What does an average week entail?
An average week entails developing and delivering training on subjects such as LGBTQ+ and unconscious bias and sessions on how to use different platforms such as zoom.
How did you hear about the Breaking County Lines course? Why did you enrol?
A colleague passed the information to me. I enrolled on the course as I want to develop County Lines training for our support services to give staff more knowledge to identify people who could be at risk or already involved in county lines and then provide support.
What did you appreciate about the course?
Hearing from other professionals, networking with people in a similar position to me and the variety of the materials.
What was your experience of county lines when you signed up for the course?
My experience was from working as a support worker in Manchester several years ago when I worked with very vulnerable clients from different backgrounds.
How do you think you will use the knowledge you have gained through the course?
I am hoping to develop county lines training for the City of York Council. The Breaking County Lines material has given me the tools I need to develop the training.
What would you say to someone who is weighing up whether to sign up for the course?
The course was well thought through and the trainers very engaging. There were a lot of professionals there from different contexts – listening to people’s experiences and ideas was great.