There is an estimated 57,000 people currently employed across Leeds health and care services, with a vast range of training available to and delivered by our Third Sector members. This page pulls together some of that training with details of how to access it. If you would like to contribute to this resource for members please get in touch.

Training and workforce development

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Leeds City Council offer a full programme of training to our Third Sector colleagues working in health and care including adult safeguarding. The latest programme is available here: April 2022 – September 2023

Voluntary action Leeds also offer a range of Safeguarding training. Check the latest course date here.

This carer awareness training delivered by Carers Leeds will cover:

  • Who are working carers
  • What are the issues for working carers
  • Why is it important for employers to support working carers including business, ethical and legal reasons
  • What should we do as employers to support working carers
  • What are the sources of help available to managers and employers

For more information, contact Madlen Sayar – [email protected] or call 0113 380 4300.

Deafblind UK offer awareness training sessions. To book, contact their helpline on 0800 123 320 or email [email protected]

A Dementia Friend is somebody who learns about dementia so they can help their community be more dementia friendly. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative. Local Champions currently deliver Dementia Friends sessions online.

Open to all – Book your place or request a session for a group

Leeds City Council provides training for people who work with victims of domestic violence and abuse. Their training is a three modular approach.

  1. Introduction to Domestic Violence and Abuse
  2. How to assess risk and complete a DASH and MARAC referral
  3. Lessons Learned from Domestic Homicide Reviews

For more information please contact [email protected]

Leeds City Council offer a full programme of training to our Third Sector colleagues working in health and care including adult safeguarding, equality, diversity and inclusion and autism awareness. The latest programme is available here: April 2022 – September 2023

Leeds City Council work closely with Skills for Care to supporting leaders and managers across adult social care.

The full programme of courses and training is available here: Leadership and management

Leeds Health and Care One Workforce offer a range of free training including mental health first aid. There is backfill funding for organisations with less than 50 employees and flexibility with course location and timings to support colleagues across the sector. These initiatives are open to everyone in the Health and Care system, including our Third Sector members. The 2022 programme is available here: Training and support booklet

Leeds City Council offer a full programme of training to our Third Sector colleagues working in health and care including Mental Health for Line Managers. The 2021/22 programme is available here: April – September 2021.

Scope support and work with people with any disability, learning difficulty, mental health condition, physical impairment, sensory impairment, or long term health condition. Their employment services, Starting Line and Kickstart support people to get back into employment, volunteering or education.

Starting Line
This service is most suitable for people who haven’t worked before or not worked for a long time and are not currently working. Starting Line is a 7-week group course, covering a range of modules in pre-employability skills, combined with one to one tailored support and guidance. Upon completion of the course, customers can expect to finish with; goal setting skills, an updated and improved CV, interview skills, sector specific job search knowledge, and guidance on how to talk about their disability / health condition.

To refer someone onto this course, visit and complete the online form. Alternatively, email [email protected]

This service is most suitable for those who have recently worked, have a consistent work history, and feel ready to work. The support is one to one and fully focused on the customer’s specific employment goals. Kickstart can work with customers for up to 6 months and we will typically contact customers every fortnight (while being a point of contact for customers with any queries between arranged meetings). Customers will receive an updated and improved CV, tailored guidance, and a regularly updated action plan.

To refer someone onto this course, visit and complete the online form. Alternatively, email [email protected]

The award winning We Care Academy is a robust values based recruitment initiative, supporting a workforce with the right values, attitudes and behaviours to sustain and grow your business. At no cost to employers, we identify, recruit and provide a portable DBS and 2 weeks sector relevant training to include:

  • Achieving Cache Level 1 award in Preparing to work in social care
  • Moving, Handling & Hoist training
  • Safeguarding Adults

Employers provide a four week work experience placement with a guaranteed job interview at the end. Dedicated council staff support you and the candidates throughout the Academy programme.

Contact Paul Tyler-Graham on 0113 378 5085 or [email protected] to find out how LCC can support your recruitment needs.

Leeds Recovery College offer a range of free courses and workshops which focus on mental health and improving wellbeing and are open to all adults who live, work or study in Leeds. To see their latest courses, visit:

Mentally Healthy Leeds fund a series of free suicide training sessions, run by Community Links. The training is free to all frontline workers in Leeds including volunteers and peer mentors.

To book a place visit: Courses | Community Links (

Battle Scars run a series of workshops and training for professionals who want to know more about self-harm and eating disorders.

Visit this link to find out more:

Voluntary Action Leeds deliver regular training on a number of useful topics such as first aid at work, safe recruitment and how to register as a charity. To see the latest courses, please visit

Recruitment support

We Care Academy is a Leeds City Council recruitment initiative which helps organisations in Leeds recruit and train care staff. They work collaboratively with a variety of care and health organisations and help individuals discover a new career in care.

Find more details here:

If you are an adult social care employer in England you may be able to apply for financial support from the Workforce Development Fund . Check here for full eligibility requirements.