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Training for unpaid carers

County Durham Care Academy offer a range of support to help people kick start their career in care. 

Considering a career in care?

As an unpaid carer you know what it takes to make a positive impact on the lives of others and you may be interested in using your skills and experience to start a career care.  The Care Academy can provide a range of support to help you.

There are lots of different roles depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you'd like to work. We have lots of flexible ways for you to develop your skills and experience and opportunities for further training, promotion and progression.

Take a look at Training and Employment page to find out more at Training and employment in social care.

Training for your unpaid caring role

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

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.

The Care Academy are working in partnership with Barclays Digital Eagles and Durham County Carers Support to offer access to carers to a platform called Digital Wings.

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
Contact County Durham Care Academy
03000 260 222
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Green Lane
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 6JQ