Social Care & Support Courses in London

Supporting people is rewarding work with increasing opportunities. Here at City Lit, we can help guide you through your first steps or you can develop your career further with our wide range of stimulating courses.

What we do:

Our care and support courses are aimed at those wanting to help others in areas including, adult social care, mental health, youth work, childcare and information, advice or guidance. We welcome applications from those with lived experience in these areas and we work closely with organisations and charities all over London to provide opportunities for learners to make a difference.

Our specialist tutors have first hand knowledge as professionals in their field, making lessons relevant and engaging.

Our stories:

The partnership work of the care and support team was recognised in the Mayor of London’s ‘Skills for Londoners strategy' in June 2018.

Lorraine appeared to be very confident and outgoing, but after a challenging few years she felt she had few options. She was in her fifties, had struggled with alcohol misuse in the past, and was living in temporary hostel accommodation. Lorraine was supported to sign up for an accredited Digital Skills course being run at Thames Reach Employment Academy in partnership with City Lit. Lorraine has since gone on to study Health and Social Care at City Lit and hopes to work in the sector, supporting other people the way that she felt she has been supported. In January 2018, she moved into her own flat. She is volunteering with Thames Reach – and has applied for the Thames Reach paid traineeship.

Lorraine says: “I have had to work hard and it hasn’t always been easy. The difference is that I felt people believed in me.”

We are also proud of our learner Nicola who successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness and win the City Lit Well-Being Award.

See the video below to hear Nicola’s story:

  1. Award in peer mentoring: level 2

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    The level 2 award in peer mentoring has been developed for learners who want to be peer mentors, giving support to other individuals to enable them to make changes in their lives. The qualification provides an understanding of the peer mentoring process and the key skills used in peer mentoring. You will learn about peer mentoring with young people, people with mental health issues, addictions, homelessness and those who have experienced challenges in their lives. We welcome applications from those who have lived experience in these areas.

    This course is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary. OR

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance. Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

    c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. Managing challenging behaviour

    Course Date: Thu 21 May 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you work in a setting where you find yourself dealing with individuals who present challenging behaviour? Do you want to feel more confident in understanding and responding to challenging behaviour? This is a practical, one-day course where you will gain strategies to diffuse and de-escalate challenging situations and develop incident and risk management skills for your workplace.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. Mental health first aid

    Course Date: Sun 14 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing mental ill health or in a mental health crisis. Increase your awareness and confidence in recognising the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues. Understand how to respond appropriately.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £0.00

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