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



Mind’s operational status as an Accredited Training Centre is awarded and regulated by the City and Guilds Awarding Body


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

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

Using person centered teaching, our courses are taught by experienced tutors, supported by peer mentors and volunteers.  The training is delivered through a combination of individual teaching and learning in small groups.  Intake is on a rolling start and can allow for absences when someone might have to take time out to focus on their mental health without the trainee losing their place.  Trainees can have a flexible training programme up to 12 months.

  • Skills 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 to prepare for skills assessments
  • The final qualification is awarded by the Accreditation Awarding Body
Wellbeing support
  • We work with mental health professionals to support people’s health and wellbeing 
  • We support individuals to develop and maintain Mind Wellbeing Plans
  • We provide information on mental health and wellbeing resources
  • We support individuals to access to other support services, when required


Work experience and employment support
  • We support graduates of our training courses to set and pursue employment goals to access work experience that will 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:

The service is for individuals who are:

  • 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.

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