Training and education

Training, information and education for carers

Carers can often find themselves thrown into a role with little or no training in what can sometimes be a very difficult and stressful time. Why not come along to one of our many training and information sessions to support and help you in your caring role and gain an important sense of clarity?

Training courses are provided at a range of times and cover a wide selection of topics. Some are aimed at carers having a bit of time to themselves whilst taking part in an enjoyable activity, others can help you to learn new skills, which can make life easier, or focus on skills for careers and employment. Accessing training can also lead to improved health and wellbeing, helping you feel less stressed and more prepared to care.

We are committed to providing you with training in all aspects of your caring role, from dementia care to mental health or perhaps learning a new skill such as reiki. We also offer a number of practical health and wellbeing workshops covering a variety of topics such as mindfulness, stress management and relaxation.

The Carers Centre’s training programme changes every quarter. It has regular sessions each quarter but also offers new training opportunities, often requested by carers themselves or to meet a gap in training identified by the referrals we receive or the conversations we have with carers.

If you are a carer and would like to learn something we don’t currently offer, why not give us a ring and we will try to find something locally? We will also add your name to the expression of interest list and if we have enough interest from other carers, will look at the possibility of providing a training session in the future.

If you would like to sign up for a course, please book online.

If you have a suggestion for any training, information sessions or education, please get in touch with us by emailing:

Carers Training Grant 2024 is open 

The Wigan Carer Training Group funding, funded by Wigan Council aims to support unpaid carers who care for someone who lives within the Wigan borough to access training and make a difference to their lives. They welcome applications without discrimination, irrespective of age, gender, race, culture, sexual orientation or disability

Do you need access to training but have no funding?

• Are you an unpaid carer that is registered with Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre needing funding to access training?
• Or are you a member of a community or voluntary organisation that works with or supports carers looking to provide training?

Why not apply for a Training Grant?

• A funding grant can be used to support unpaid carers access training, activities that will make a difference to their lives
• You can apply for up to £300 if you are a carer or £1,200 if you are a Community or Voluntary organisation.

Training grant panel dates:

We are currently awaiting the 2024 dates

To find out how to apply and for further details of application deadlines please contact Suzanne Wilkinson, email or call 01942 697885.

Application and Further Guidance available to download below:

Carers Training Grant Guidance

Carers individual training grant form

Carers group training grant form

Grant Funding Driving Lessons T&C