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. Children and young people's mental health

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The emotional health and well-being of children is just as important as their physical health and well-being. In 2016 10% of 5-16 years olds were diagnosed with a significant mental health illness. This course will introduce you to the concepts, impacts and approaches to supporting child and youth mental health. It is aimed at those working with children or interesed in the mental health of children and young people,.

    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: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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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