All about our Care Academy

Free training available for unpaid carers, Personal Assistants (PAs) and those exploring a career in caring 

  • We’ll soon be launching a new timetable of free skills training for unpaid carers and PAs
  • The workshops will be available at in-person at our centre in Dunstable and also online via live video
  • All the workshop materials (other than Moving and Handling and first aid)  are now available via online courses that you can access anytime
  • Many of the courses help to provide the underpinning knowledge for the Care Certificate (those marked with an asterisk)
  • Support will be provided for those wanting to gain the Care Certificate qualification

Care Academy workshops leading to the Care Certificate

For more information please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.

Excellent feedback

We have been running free workshops for via our Care Academy for a few years now and we always get great feedback about our free workshops for Personal Assistants (PAS) in care.

Here is what PAs have said about our courses, before the lockdown:

“Very happy with the course and trainer, thank you”

“I really enjoyed the course today”

“It was a good lesson and I learnt a lot”

“It was a very relaxed and friendly learning environment”

“It was a good lesson and I learnt lots of things”

“Really informative workshop, thank you”

For many people, using their direct payments to employ a personal assistant in care is a very good option. It allows you to be in control of who helps you in your daily life and your care. This means, however, that you become an employer, which involves a certain amount of knowledge.

At The Disability Resource Centre, we can help you through this process. Our induction courses will teach you how to look after your employees and meet regulations.

In addition, we provide training to enhance the skills of your personal assistant, with general and bespoke training courses, all meeting the standards of the Care Certificate, as well as training in specific health conditions.

To achieve the care certificate qualification all our workshop attendees will need to arrange an assessment in their place of work, by their employer.

  • This free training is available for disabled people employing a personal assistant and their personal assistants.

  • If you are a newly-employed, or existing personal assistant, we will help you improve your skills in a way that is specific to your role.

  • Our courses are also available to external agencies. Please contact us for prices.

The Care Certificate is aimed at health and social care workers, both those already in employment, and those starting a new job. By attending the following workshops marked by an asterisk (*), you could complete all the knowledge based elements of the Care Certificate.

All workshops take place at The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable, LU5 4TP.

For more information please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.

*The Care Certificate is aimed at health and social care workers, both those already in employment, and those starting a new job. By attending the following workshops marked by an asterisk (*), you could complete all the knowledge based elements of the Care Certificate.

The training is mapped to the Care Certificate to ensure that it meets the industry standards and results in the highest quality of care. The Care Certificate provides really important and worthwhile training to help in your role, and promote your career development. It forms the building blocks to further progression to a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.


If you are interested in becoming a Personal Assistant (PA), we have drop in sessions on Fridays from 10am – 12 noon for you to find out about becoming a personal assistant in care.

Please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.

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