Training & Skills Development

mountain-3 copyThis page outlines the training and development workshops available to your organisation free of charge at a time and place convenient to your service.

The workshops included herein are designed to support staff and organisations working with or wishing to work with young people with SEND to feel confident, knowledgeable, aware and supported in order to deliver safe, fun and positive experiences for young people with a disability.

All of our workshops are interactive, use games or role-play, involve group and individual discussions and refer to individual and organisational experiences.

The workshops offered include:

Bespoke Training
Disability Awareness
Manual Handling
Personal Care
Working With Parents
Autism Awareness


If you are interested in  how we can best support the training needs of your organisation, staff, volunteers and young people, please contact Scott Tweed at the LDN Youth Islington to discuss your request further.

arrowBespoke Training

This type of training offer is popular with providers as they often identify parts of each existing workshop that they would like put together into one workshop. We are able to design and develop a bespoke training offer for staff, volunteers and young people based on the specific training needs of your organisation.

In partnership with you, we can design workshops that are fun, interactive, age and ability appropriate as well as meeting the fundamental learning objectives of the subject.

We advise that an initial “brainstorming” session takes place before any workshop to ascertain areas of existing knowledge, areas of development and areas of interest.


arrowDisability Awareness

Duration: 2 hrs

Our Disability Awareness Training provides a general introduction to disability, with a strong emphasis on real experiences and solutions.

This workshop will cover:

  • An initial introduction to disability and the lived experience of disability.
  • Various types of disability and their effect on the day to day lives of young people.
  • Misconceptions of disability while promoting positive attitudes.
  • Examples of good and bad practice.
  • Offer practical ideas and solutions to promote inclusive provision.

Upon completion of this workshop participants will:

  • Have a greater understanding of disability.
  • Have a practical understanding of how to be more adaptable and inclusive as professionals and as an organisation.
  • Be more confident in their ability to provide for the needs of young people with disabilities.


arrowManual Handling

Duration: 3  hrs

This manual handling workshop gives participants a basic understanding and introduction to manual handling issues specific to people with disabilities.

This workshop will cover:

  • What is manual handling
  • What are the risks of manual handling
  • Legal duties and obligations around manual handling
  • How to assess manual handling risks
  • Guideline weights for lifting and lowering
  • How to control and manage risks from manual handling
  • The basic principles of manual handling
  • Lifting and handling in teams
  • Handling aids

Upon completion of this workshop participants will:

  • Be confident assessing risk and identifying good practice when physically supporting people or moving objects.
  • Be familiar with techniques used to ensure minimum risk when physically supporting young people.
  • Have an increased knowledge and understanding of manual handling legislation.
  • Be aware of the basic principles of manual handling.


arrowPersonal Care

Duration: 2 hrs

Personal Care training gives participants an introductory level of knowledge and understanding as well as promoting confidence in supporting children and young people who require personal care.

This workshop will cover:

  • What is personal care?
  • Do’s and don’ts of dressing and undressing.
  • Advice and guidance on supporting young people with feeding.
  • Supporting young people with toileting.
  • Importance of communication in personal care giving situations.

Upon completion of this workshop participants will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the importance of correct and sage personal care.
  • Gain knowledge and confidence to support young people with personal care needs.
  • Have the tools to communicate with young people around their personal care needs.


arrowWorking with Parents

Duration: 2 hrs

This workshop focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding required to be able to work with a range of families with varying needs.

This workshop will cover:

  • Varying roles within families.
  • Family support.
  • Managing difficult and challenging situations.
  • Rebuilding relationships.
  • Maintaining positive relationships.

Upon completion of this workshop participants will:

  • Have a breadth of understanding family roles and systems.
  • Understand the meaning of there being a person in the family having a disability.
  • Be aware of the importance and various sources of support to families.
  • Gain practical skills in working positively and effectively with families.


arrowMedication Training

Duration: 2 hrs

This basic introduction to medication is a non-accredited workshop that gives participants an introductory understanding of medication.

The workshop will cover:

  • Legal requirements.
  • Medication errors.
  • Safe administration of medication.
  • Safe storage of medication.
  • Records and record keeping.
  • The 5 “Rights”

Upon completion of this workshop participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The legal requirements as professionals and as an organisation.
  • How to respond safely and effectively to medication errors.
  • How to record and store medication safely.
  • Potential Consequences as a result of medication errors.

N.B: For more complex needs and medical issues we can arrange support from the appropriate organisation.


arrowAutism Awareness

Duration: 2 hrs

This workshop will give participants a basic understanding of Autism and its medical, social and behavioural implications for youth work.

This workshop will cover:

  • The History of Autism.
  • The triad of impairments.
  • Sensory processing in autism.
  • Anxiety in autism.
  • Current approaches to autism.
  • The impact of autism on families.
  • Creating enabling environments.

Upon completion of this workshop participants will have:

  • An increased understanding of the autism spectrum.
  • An understanding that autism affects people in different ways.
  • Be able to identify and implement basic strategies of support when working with young people with ASD.
  • Have an increased confidence in working with and meeting the needs of young people with autism.



Duration: 2 hrs

Our communication workshop challenges staff and young people to look at their own methods of communication and how they can adapt their communication styles in order to work effectively with young people with learning disabilities.

This workshop will cover:

    • Types of communication.
    • The value of communication.
    • Understanding of effective communication.
    • Skills required to communicate effectively.
    • Effective communication when working with young people with a learning disability.
    • Communication aids.

Upon completion of this workshop participants will have:

  • Knowledge of a range of communication techniques and styles.
  • An increased understanding of the value of communication.
  • Skills that enable us to communicate to a wide range of people.
  • Increased confidence and knowledge of how to communicate with young people with a learning disability.
  • An understanding of various communication aids and resources.