Care Academy

Care Academy workshops leading to the Care Certificate

Our workshops are free for Personal Assistants in care and employers. 

For more information and to book your space at these workshops please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.

Here are the dates and times for the workshops this Autumn:

Workshop Date Time
*Privacy and Dignity 18/10/19 09:30 – 12:30
In this session you will understand the principles that underpin privacy and dignity in care and how to maintain this. You’ll gain knowledge on supporting individuals to make choices, active participation and making the right choices.
*Work in a Person Centred Way 18/10/19 13:00 – 16:00
Understand person centred values and working in a personal centred way. You’ll learn to demonstrate awareness of individuals immediate environment and make changes to address factors causing discomfort or distress. You’ll learn skills to support individuals to minimised pain or discomfort using person centred values.
Deaf Awareness 24/10/19 09:30 – 12:30
This introductory awareness workshop is aimed at people who work with individuals who may be deaf or may have a learning disability. It will give suggestions, hints and tips and coping strategies. It will provide awareness around what it is like to be hard of hearing.
Introduction to BSL (part 1) 24/10/19 13:00 – 16:00
This awareness programme will give basic signs that you can use with individuals to aid communication. It will give you the basics in order to communicate with individuals who are deaf or may have a learning disability
PAs Support Group 31/10/19 13:00 – 15:00
Come and meet with other Personal Assistants to discuss the role. This is an excellent opportunity to share and gain knowledge from other people who work as Personal Assistants. For example, find out from others about activities or groups that they have found and tried out.
Introduction to BSL (parts 2 and 3) 31/10/19 09:30 - 16:00
Parts 2 and 3 also provide awareness giving basic signs that you can use with individuals to aid communication. It will give you the basics in order to communicate with individuals who are deaf or may have a learning disability.
Moving and Handling 05/11/19 09:30 – 13:30
A practical workshop that will give demonstrations and opportunities to use different pieces of equipment (slide sheets, handling belts, rota stand, transfer boards, slings and hoists). You will also gain an understanding of moving and handling through discussions around related theories.
*Emergency First Aid 08/11/19 09:30 – 16:30
Our accredited First Aid course will give you practical basic life support training that meets the UK Resuscitation Council guidelines.
*Mental Health Awareness 15/11/19 09:30 – 12:30
This introductory workshop will give you the knowledge to understand the needs and experiences of people with mental health conditions. You’ll understand the importance of promoting positive health and wellbeing and explore any required adjustments.
*Dementia Awareness 15/11/19 13:00 – 16:00
You will gain an understanding of the needs and experiences of people with dementia. You’ll understand the importance of promoting positive health and wellbeing and explore any required adjustments.
Direct Payment Awareness 22/11/19 09:30 – 12:30
This workshop will give you the knowledge and understanding on what a direct payment is, why the exist and their background. You’ll explore what a direct payment can be used for, the process for applying for a direct payment and other useful information around direct payments.
*Equality and Diversity 22/11/19 13:00 – 16:00
This workshop will give you an understanding of the importance of equality and inclusion and how to work in an inclusive way.
Employers Support Group 28/11/19 13:00 – 15:00
Come and meet with other employers to discuss the role and everything that relates to it. Meeting with other employers will give you an opportunity to talk about any issues you may have that others have experienced and resolved. If you’ve experienced any issues that you’ve managed to resolve it would be a good opportunity to share that information with others too.
PAs Support Group 28/11/19 13:00 – 15:00
Come and meet with other Personal Assistants to discuss the role. This is an excellent opportunity to share and gain knowledge from other people who work as Personal Assistants. For example, find out from others about activities or groups that they have found and tried out.
Food Safety 29/11/19 09:30 – 16:00
Our accredited Food Safety course will provide you with the knowledge to identify what can go wrong in the kitchen, personal hygiene, food poisoning, cross contamination and kitchen health and safety.
Moving and Handling 03/12/19 09:30 – 13:30
A practical workshop that will give demonstrations and opportunities to use different pieces of equipment (slide sheets, handling belts, rota stand, transfer boards, slings and hoists). You will also gain an understanding of moving and handling through discussions around related theories.
*Understand Your Role 06/12/19 09:30 – 12:30
This module will support you to understand your role within the health and social care sector. You will provide evidence of understanding your role and work in ways that have been agreed with your employer. You will also understand working relationships including working in partnership with others.
*Handling Information 06/12/19 13:00 – 16:00
You’ll gain an understanding to be able to describe the agreed ways of working and legislation regarding the recording, storing and sharing of information.
*Infection, Prevention and Control 13/12/19 09:30 – 12:30
We’ll explore the main ways an infection can enter the body and discuss effective hygiene. We’ll look at common types of personal protective clothing, equipment and procedures. You will be able to explain the principles of safe handling of linen and clinical waste.
*Your Personal Development 13/12/19 13:00 – 16:00
An interactive workshop designed to support you to develop a personal development plan and to develop your personal knowledge, skills and understanding of continuing professional development.

Care Academy training for individual employers and Personal Assistants (PAs)

Free training for disabled people employing a personal assistant and their personal assistants (PAs).   

  • New for 2019 – Self help via online learning plus new employer and PA induction training.
  • The dates and times for the workshops this Autumn have just been released, please scroll further down this page.

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.

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

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