Train for life with Mind's Better Lives Programmes ...

Mind Skills Development Service

Mind's Better Lives Programme offers training courses, employment support, work opportunities and workshops for adults experiencing mental health problems.

Mind training and employment programmes are recovery focused and combine educational, creative and wellbeing activities to achieve the best outcomes for trainees and adult learners.  The courses are offered  at a number of different levels and combinations.  Students can choose from taster sessions, one off workshops or year-long courses where you can develop, consolidate and test out your skills and prepare for further study or employment.

Taught by experienced tutors, skills assistants, peer employment workers and volunteers, Mind courses are highly valued by our graduate trainees and adult learners.  Individual training is supported through individual learning support, wellness recovery action planning, user involvement and participation in the care programme approach. 

Our aims

To support people with experience of mental health problems to gain the skills and experience they need to gain entry to employment and further study in order to build better lives and sustainable futures.

Service Overview

Mind training courses provide a solid grounding in skills development to accreditation level, work experience and employment support.

Mind Courses for 2016

Accredited Training:

  • Information technology
  • Office procedures 
  • Basic construction skills in painting and decorating
  • Horticulture skills
  • Employability and personal development  

Supplementary training and employment modules:

  • Wildlife gardening
  • Home maintenance
  • Upcycling 
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Maintaining health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Train the trainer 

Supported Employment

  • In house and external work experience placements
  • Mind's Peer Employment Project

 In addition to Mind's accredited training and supplementary modules we offer tailored support to support our adult learners, including:

  • Person centred training and support planning
  • Creative projects to consolidate skills learning
  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning to promote health and wellbeing
  • Information, presentations, field trips and workshops to aid learning and promote community links and support networks 

Pre-course requirements 

Mind courses do not require any previous knowledge of the subject area.  The course does require that applicants have the ability to follow simple written instructions to support teaching demonstrations, hand-outs, assessments and health and safety information.

Who can attend?

Mind courses are open to adult learners who have experience of mental health problems and who need recovery focused training and employment support to re/start their employment or further study.

What you will learn

Depending on the course, there are a number of qualifications, ranging from Awards to Certificates and Diplomas.  Each course has details of the course curriculum and qualification.

How you will be taught

Mind courses are taught over three days.  Two days are training based, with one day to work on creative, wellbeing and community building activities.  The training is delivered through a combination of individual teaching and learning in small groups, supported by an experienced tutor, teaching assistants, peer employment workers and volunteers.

Materials and Equipment

All materials and equipment will be supplied, including protective clothing where required.

Feedback on progress

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course. One to one review meetings are held to assess progress and wellbeing, address any support needs and to prepare for skills assessments.  Adult learners complete a statement of learning form at the beginning and end of the course to assess their achievements.

Your feedback to us

Adult learners can feedback in a number of ways in one to one meetings and monthly project forum meetings.

Adult learners are asked to complete an evaluation form at the end of the course. These are monitored and help us improve our courses.

Learning support

In addition to skills learning, Mind courses are recovery orientated.  Wellness Recovery Action Planning is a key component to promote and support health and wellbeing.  Mind staff also participate in the care programme approach, where appropriate.

Next steps

Graduates of Mind's accredited training courses can continue further study at a number of colleges.  Completion of certain courses also provides sufficient knowledge to secure entry level employment.

Employment opportunities

Graduates of Mind's training courses can apply to work in our in-house peer employment project and social enterprise project.  Eligibility criteria apply.

How to apply for a place

Adult learners can apply through their care co-ordinators or named mental health professional.  Eligibility criteria apply:

  • Aged 18 - 65
  • Currently unable to access mainstream training and employment without pre-vocational support
  • Have experienced or are at risk of developing a severe and/or enduring mental health problem
  • Resident in the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Eligible for the care programme approach and funding from RBK&C Adult Social Care

Skills Development Centres

Mind training courses are delivered on two sites:

  • Acklam Road Workshops
  • Meanwhile Wildlife Garden

Contact the Mind Skills Development Service

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