Carers Development

In Doncaster there are at least 33,364 unpaid carers who play a vital role in the provision of health and social care to friends and relatives. We recognise that often unpaid carers are providing this care alongside their traditional paid employment.

Who is a Carer? An Adult Carer is...

Someone who provides unpaid support to a family member, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse issues and the support they give impacts on their life

In recognition that carers are part of the ‘wider workforce’ there is training available to support their learning and development, to enhance their knowledge that will further support them whilst in their caring role.

What training and development is available?

The Council has a range of learning and development courses that a carer can access for free. This includes some web-based e-learning training. Visit the Learning Pool website 

Cares can also access more general training like Moving and Handling, First Aid as well as more specific training such as Diabetes, Dementia and Autism. These are all available in the above document.

Carers into Employment

We acknowledge that the knowledge and skills acquired by a caring role can be transferred and assist in obtaining paid employment, should you wish to return to work at some point.

A Carer’s Direct Payment

A Carer can have an assessment of their needs in a similar way to the person that they care for. This might help them to access a Direct Payment which could be used to purchase training equipment etc. to assist with staying or getting into employment.

To request a Carer’s Assessment or for further information contact Doncaster Adult Social Services and Wellbeing Team us on 01302 737391 between 8.30 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday. The person who takes your call will make contact with the locality team in your area, this team will make contact with you to arrange a time with you complete your Carers Needs Assessment.

Other routes to employment in the care sector:

  • enquire at care homes in your local community
  • local community groups with an adult social care focus
  • job centre plus job vacancies
  • volunteering
  • personal assistants to adult disabled people, Your Life Doncaster, Active Independence Active Independence  and Penderals all offer opportunities to register to become employed as a Personal Assistant

Other helpful information and advice about supporting you and developing your knowledge and skills can be found at:

Doncaster Carers Service 

Carers UK 

Skills For Care 

Doncaster Partnership for Carers 

Social Care Institute Excellence 

Employment for Carers


Last updated: 06 April 2022 09:02:43