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Mind Skills Development Service provides accredited training courses, creative activities and workshops, work experience and wellbeing support – to help people progress into work, further education and other vocational opportunities.*

Working with professional training and accreditation organisations and care professionals; together we support individuals to:

  • Recover and maintain their mental health and wellbeing
  • Become more confident and resilient
  • Gain professional skills and qualifications
  • Become more motivated, productive and “work-ready”
  • Set training and wellbeing goals and progress steps towards achieving them

Accredited Training Courses

Taught by experienced tutors, supported by peer mentors and volunteers, our courses are highly valued by our graduate trainees and adult learners. The training is delivered through a combination of individual teaching and learning in small groups

eDCC Accredited Courses:

  • Information Technology*

City and Guilds Level 1 Accredited Courses:

  • Construction Skills in Painting and Decorating*
  • Employment Skills*
  • Horticulture Skills*

*Please note: these courses are only available to those who have been referred by their Care Coordinator or Mental Health Professional. You can check the eligibility criteria below. 


Quality Assurance


Qualifications, assessment and accreditation

Courses are taught to a curriculum set by the professional accreditation body:

  • Assessment are carried out by our tutors, overseen by an approved Internal Verifier, where required
  • Individuals receive regular feedback from their tutor throughout the course
  • One to one review meetings are held to assess progress, address any support needs and prepare for skills assessments
  • Mind’s operational status as an Accredited Training Centre is awarded and regulated by the City and Guilds Awarding Body

Wellbeing support

To support individuals maintain their health and wellbeing, Mind will:

  • Participate with care professionals in the Care Programme Approach *
  • Support individuals to develop and maintain Mind Wellbeing Plans
  • Provide information on mental health and wellbeing
  • Support individuals to access to other support services, when required

* The Care Programme Approach (CPA) is a framework used to assess and support the needs of people with severe and/or enduring mental health needs

Work experience and employment support

For graduates of our Training courses:

  • We support individuals to access work experience to further consolidate their skills and learning and to gain valuable “on the job” experience.  This can be in-house or by referring on to paid and voluntary work experience placements in local organisations
  • We support our graduates with CV writing and run sessions on job coaching.  We can also refer on to other specialist agencies

Pre-course requirements and materials

Mind courses do not require any previous knowledge of the subject area: 

  • The courses do require that applicants have the ability to follow simple written instructions to support teaching demonstrations, hand-outs, assessments and health and safety information
  • All materials and equipment will be supplied, including protective clothing where required

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

Mind courses are open to adult learners under the care of Community Mental Health Teams who, as a result of their current mental health needs, require training and employment support to progress into work, further education and other vocational opportunities:

Eligibility criteria

  • Aged 18 – 65
  • Currently unable to access mainstream training and/or employment without pre-vocational support
  • Have experienced or are at risk of developing a severe and/or enduring mental health problem
  • Resident or under the care of mental health or social care services in the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Eligible for the Care Programme Approach

Individuals who meet the above criteria should ask to be referred by their Care Coordinator or named Mental Health Professional.

Our funders

Mind Skills Development Service is jointly commissioned by RBK&C and West London Clinical Commissioning Group.

Contact us

For the following courses contact Acklam Road Workshops on 020 8960 6777

  • Information Technology
  • Employment Skills
  • Construction and Painting and Decorating

For the following courses contact Meanwhile Wildlife Garden on 020 8960 6336

  • Horticulture Skills