Diffusion: We share our knowledge so that others can join us in improving young people’s mental health.
We run a variety of services for professionals to give people the confidence, knowledge and skills to improve mental health – we call this Diffusion.
We draw on 50 years’ experience of supporting young people and a unique take on mental health to offer engaging, relevant and practical training. This might be of particular interest for those working with young people, but we believe that the lessons we’ve learned apply across the board.
Do have a peek at our Diffusion portfolio below. Our entire offer can be tailored to your specific needs and delivered in your setting.
We want to respond to the needs of our community, and specifically the young people within them. If there’s an area that you feel you need help with, but can’t see it here, get in touch. As an agile and creative team we relish having new challenges and would love to see how we can help you!
If you would like to explore how we can help you, please contact email@example.com.
We are hosting a series of webinars exploring different areas of mental health and wellbeing. These are all taking place on Zoom and tickets are available on a ‘pay what you like’ initiative – money raised goes directly to our work with young people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Browse and book on our upcoming webinars!
FREE Resilience Lab: Train the Trainer Sessions
Over the course of this year (2021), we will be running 13 rounds of Train the Trainer which will introduce you to the concept of resilience, criticisms of it and how we can boost it in the young people we work with.
This FREE training is available for Bristol-based professionals working with people between the ages of 10 and 16. Priority will be given to professionals not working in schools, but please just apply and we can start a conversation. We really encourage applications from sports clubs, church groups, food banks, youth groups, arts organisations – if you work with young people, we want you on it!
Meet the Trainers
Henry Poultney | Team Leader (LGBTQ+)
Henry joined OTR in 2015 having spent time working in community development for Terrence Higgins Trust. An activist and passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, Henry has a degree in sociology and is also a member of the Independent Advisory Group for Avon & Somerset Police. He oversees all our work on gender and sexual diversity here at OTR.
Bronwen Rashad | Head of Enterprise and Training (Diffusion)
Bronwen joined OTR in 2019 running the Resilience Lab and delivering sessions to over 3,000 young people. Bronwen has a background in anthropology and adult education, and came to OTR following a 20 year career spanning the public and private sectors, most recently running several Arts Council Wales Creative Schools projects. Bronwen now heads up Diffusion, developing OTR’s training and consultancy offer for groups who would like to change how they approach mental health.
Tanya Williams | Team Manager (Zazi)
Tanya has over 15 years’ experiences working creatively and responsively as a freelancer, within organisations working across equality, representation and creativity. As a cultural producer, she is passionate about the possibilities of creating new futures. Tanya holds an MA in Islamic Studies, where she focused on Black-British pathways to spirituality, migration, gender and race. Her second MA is in Women’s Studies, where she focused on the intersection of faith, race, gender, auto-ethnography and methodologies of empowerment for non-centred people.
Jo Moulton | Team Leader (Therapies)
Jo joined OTR as a counsellor in 2013, having worked in adoption and fostering services and as a lecturer in counselling at City of Bristol College. Jo is a qualified and accredited Counsellor and a registered Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Supervisor. Jo is one of three Team Leaders who oversees all our one-to-one and group therapies.