Le Va launched its first official FLO Talanoa Facilitator Training in Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay last month.
Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Pacific health development manager Talalelei Taufale assisted in co-ordinating the workshop, which brought together 20 Pasifika community leaders from organisations such as Kainga Pasifika Services, DOVE Hawke’s Bay, Flaxmere College, Napier Family Centre and Directions Youth health centre.
Evaluations from the two-day workshop showed:
FLO Talanoa is a Pasifika suicide prevention education programme led by communities for communities. It is a call to action, designed for sustainability and aligned with Pasifika values of love, respect and reciprocity.
FLO Talanoa facilitators receive free training from Le Va and reciprocate by delivering free workshops in their communities. In response, our communities take ownership and leadership of community action plans.
All facilitators are vetted by Le Va, and criteria to become a FLO Talanoa facilitator includes:
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Upon successful completion of the FLO Talanoa Facilitator Programme, you will be listed on Le Va's facilitator register and receive a certificate of completion. Facilitators must be comfortable facilitating discussions around suicide prevention. This includes prioritising positive regard and respect for participants’ beliefs and values, and taking a reflective approach that supports the content of programme rather than personal opinions about suicide.
If you are interested in participating in this training programme, please contact Le Va at firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone 09 261 3490.