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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

Training for unpaid carers

We work in partnership with Durham County Carers Support to provide training courses and events for unpaid carers. 


In response to Covid-19, we have changed the way we deliver training following guidance Skills for Care: Covid-19 - essential training.

We will now offer training in a range of ways using digital resources where possible. We continue to offer a range of distance learning courses.

This is a great way for you to gain knowledge and to meet other carers in a relaxed environment. 

Courses range from practical help with caring such as Managing Medication, Infection Prevention and Control through to digital skills and areas that focus on your own wellbeing and development. 

Durham County Carers Support

Durham County Carers Support also offer a variety of different services to local carers including: Durham County Carers Support

  • specialist advice and information
  • home visits or meet in a venue more suitable to the carer giving time to talk through the challenges and find solutions 
  • practical help with completing forms, gaining benefits, grants and other funding 
  • a listening ear, telephone, email and social media support plus counselling 
  • support in meetings, referrals to specialist services, find ways through the maze of services  
  • training, workshops and events promoting opportunities for peer support, gaining skills and knowledge 
  • ensuring carers have a voice shaping services 

Courses for unpaid family carers from Durham County Carers Support

Contact us to register on any of these courses.

Other carer training and support

Free supporting unpaid carers elearning 

A free online resource to support the vital care that unpaid carers provide is available to help carers take care of yourself and carry out your day to day caring role. Training is available for anyone who provides care and support to a family member or friend due to their disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem or other health and care needs.

See Elearning for Healthcare: supporting unpaid carers

Free BTEC Certification in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) from BILD

BILD support people with complex needs, including their members, universities, government departments, councils, NHS trusts and service providers. They are providing an opportunity for family carers to complete a recognised qualification in PBS. The free spaces are funded by the NHS Covid Recovery Learning Disability & Autism Fund.

This practice based course will allow you to learn with flexible access to course content online, webinars and a dedicated tutor who will offer small online group tutorials and provide one to one support if needed. It involves approximately 150 learning hours and will take six months to complete over three mandatory units:

  1. understanding behaviours that challenge and the role of Positive Behaviour Support
  2. developing capable environments
  3. supporting functional assessment and intervention

The course will start on Monday 28 February 2022. Applications for this close on Monday 14 February 2022. There are limited spaces available.

See BILD: Calling all family carers! Help improve the life of the person you support with our free BTEC Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support.

Contact us
County Durham Care Academy
03000 260 222
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ