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Social Care & Support Courses in London and Online

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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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. Level 1 community action/community project planning

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you have a great idea that could change your community? Would you like to help and inspire other people? This course is everything you need to start your own community action project. Delivered by an experienced project manager and community leader.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £419.00
    Senior fee: £419.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. Understanding working with people with mental health issues

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you currently work in the mental health field, or are you interested in getting into this area? This course will increase your understanding of mental wellbeing and mental ill health. You will investigate the common signs and symptoms of mental health issues as well as exploring the range of agencies involved in the sector. You will identify best practice in planning care that supports people holistically. The course is particularly useful if you are studying or hoping to work in support work, care work or mental health. Applications are encouraged from learners who have used support services or have experienced homelessness. On successful completion you will achieve the level 2 understanding working with people with mental health needs certificate.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £599.00
    Senior fee: £599.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. Level 2 certificate in health and social care

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Health care is the treatment of health and medical conditions in hospitals, health centres and in the community and social care is the care and support of vulnerable people. The level 2 certificate in health and social care will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of the core areas in health and social care. This is ideal for those who are interested in health and social care and wish to gain a formal qualification. This qualification may support your progression into a range of jobs in the health and social care sector, including: care support workers in residential care settings, health care assistants in community or health environments, care support workers in supported living or day services or community based support workers.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £529.00
    Senior fee: £529.00
    Concession: £0.00

  4. Youth work: level 2 certificate

    Course Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    THERE ARE LIMITED SPACES ON THIS COURSE, STUDENTS MUST HAVE A VOLUNTARY ROLE/PLACEMENT IN YOUTH WORK BEFORE THEY CAN ENROL.

    Are you interested in working with young people in a youth work setting or becoming a youth and community worker? This course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence in working holistically with young people to facilitate their personal and social development. As a youth support worker, you can earn up to £180 per day, depending on the organisation. You could be involved in one to one support, mentoring, sports or group and project work. Learners must already be working or volunteering in a youth work environment to be considered for this course. You must complete at least 100 hours of voluntary work experience. You will be assessed in your work place setting to ensure you meet the standards required.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £969.00
    Senior fee: £969.00
    Concession: £0.00

  5. Information, advice or guidance: level 2 certificate

    Course Date: Fri 5 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you interested in developing your knowledge and understanding in the key principles of information, advice and guidance? This course is suitable for those working in and those looking to work in a range of roles or careers such as housing support, employment advice, counselling and peer mentoring. The course is for those who want to support others to make informed choices and enables the sharing of good practice. You will be required to find and carry out a work placement or voluntary role where you are providing clients with information, advice or guidance.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £779.00
    Senior fee: £779.00
    Concession: £0.00

  6. Supporting individuals with disabilities or learning difficulties

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is an introductory course, suitable for people who are interested in working with individuals with learning difficulties or disabilities. This could include working in community and volunteering roles or working in education, leisure and employment support.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £0.00

  7. Working with vulnerable children, young people and families

    Course Date: Thu 6 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you work with vulnerable children, young people and their families? Would you like to know what issues they may face and what support is available? Or are you interested in this field and feel you have something to contribute?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. Award in volunteering: level 1

    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This qualification is suitable for you if you are thinking about working as a volunteer or you are already volunteering. It will provide you with an insight into the role and an awareness of the personal standards required for volunteering. It will give you the skills and knowledge you need to either start a volunteer role or develop an existing role. This is an accredited course, level 1 award in volunteering.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. Managing challenging behaviour

    Course Date: Thu 20 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £0.00

  10. Award in peer mentoring: level 2

    Course Date: Wed 2 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £0.00

  11. Mental health first aid

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021
    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £0.00

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