Training for Co-producers

Our un-paid workers/co-producers are the lifeblood of HCCT. As such, we offer a training programme to support their development as workers in a health and social care environment. In exchange for hours offered to the organisation, HCCT offers a variety of core and optional training sessions and development opportunities which is continually reviewed and rapidly expanding. This is facilitated through the Kings Cross Time Bank.

Click here to download our training brochure Training Brochure 2011-12 (2371)

Volunteers may also wish to take part in specialist training delivered by LB Camden, VAC and other partners.

Use the calendar to see what trainings are coming up).

To ensure your place simply ask your supervisor/session lead to put your name down or contact Natalie directly to request a place.

Training for Individuals and Agencies


City and Guilds Diploma in Health And Social Care (Adults) Generic Pathway, Level 3

Suitable for anyone seeking to attain a role as a Senior Worker/Project Lead/Team Lead in a Social Care Setting, the focus is on vocational knowledge and occupational competence – not only to work in the field but also to lead and guide others. Individuals wishing to do this course with us should see the “Development Programme” below.


The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is relevant to everyone, especially those working with the general public in a front-line capacity, people with mental health needs and formal or informal cares for those with mental health needs. The course is four modules and covers Mental Health Awareness, Anxiety, Depression and Suicide, Psychosis. The course is interactive and practical group work, videos, case studies and activities. Candidates receive a glossy manual and an attendance certificate if they attend the full 12 hours.

If you are interested in commissioning any of the above trainings, please make enquiries to Natalie Treacher, Training and Development Manager 0207 278 4437

Social Care Worker Development Programme

Our worker development programme is specifically for those considering a career working with socially excluded adults. It combines a voluntary work placement with the study for the Diploma and supervision and support to improve communication and leadership skills in Health and Social Care through reflective practice and experiential learning.

Those who can offer a minimum a nine month commitment and a minimum of 140 hours may apply to attend our Selection Weekend.  Workers assist service users in their recovery by offering time, non-judgemental listening, encouragement and practical support to enable them to meet goals outlined in their support plan. We are looking for people with energy, creativity, empathy and self awareness. Applicants will also be required to demonstrate communication skills and write a short piece of free-writing to demonstrate written literacy in English.

Support workers are non-professionals, who do not administer medication. The role is nonetheless acknowledged to be essential in many local health and social care services for those with mental health needs, learning disabilities and substance misuse needs.

Participants work to National Occupational Standards outlined by Skills For Care which are mapped to the City and Guilds Diploma.

To apply for the Programme you need to attend our Selection Weekend – the next one is on 2nd and 3rd of November 2013 at University College London. To express interest please email


Supervision, Leadership and Assessment

All workers receive supervision and support from the Training and Development Manager and senior staff, who also act as vocational assessors.  Group supervisions for workers across the organisation are held every month and encourage reflective practice and action learning. Workers giving their time at sessions are required to attend pre session meetings 15 minutes prior to the session and stay for a post session meeting which may continue 30 minutes after the session finishes. These meetings are essential for all trainees as they are an opportunity for the session lead to plan the session and brief trainees with new information, the post-session meeting is an opportunity for trainees to share their thoughts and feelings about the session and flag up any issues.

Volunteers working towards and completing the Health and Social Care Diploma will be expected to take on tasks and roles requiring more responsibility, in order to meet the competencies outlined in the award syllabus.

On completion of the mental health qualifications, volunteers may wish to develop themselves further by taking on responsibility for leading a team or a project.


City & Guilds is a Trademark of the City and Guilds of London Institute and is used under licence.

To find out more please get in touch.

Write – Holy Cross Centre, 71 Tonbridge Street, London WC1H 9DZ
Phone – 020 7278 4437
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