Mind Skills Development Service provides supported training and employment skills for people with complex emotional needs to help them progress into work, further education, employment or other vocational opportunities. 

See eligibility criteria and referral information below.


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, care professionals and local communities, we combine educational, mental health support and creative activities to support individuals to:

  • Set training goals and progress steps towards achieving them
  • Gain work related skills and professional qualifications
  • Develop personally defined strategies for recovery and maintaining wellbeing
  • Consolidate skills training and expand subject knowledge through creative activities
Qualifications, assessment and accreditation

Using person centred teaching, our courses are taught by experienced tutors.  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, depending on the level of qualification taken.

  • 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
Mental health support
  • We work with mental health professionals to support people’s mental health recovery
  • We facilitate access to Mind’s workshop and peer support services for wider learning and support
  • We support people to access other support services when required
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 over 18 with complex mental health needs referred through the Community Mental Health Hubs in Kensington and Chelsea.

The service is for people who are unable to access mainstream training and/or employment without pre-employment support.

Contact us

For the following courses contact [email protected] or Acklam Road Workshops on 020 8960 6777 (phone number is not monitored at all times)

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

For the following courses contact [email protected] or Meanwhile Wildlife Garden on 020 8960 6336

  • Horticulture Skills