Online training

What are the benefits?

As a carer, there are many benefits to undertaking training

  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Fewer injuries relating to their caring role
  • Increased knowledge
  • Confidence boost
  • Access to education and work opportunities
  • A sense of achievement

We understand that it can sometimes be difficult for carers to attend training courses. You might find that studying online is easier to fit in around caring than a classroom based course.

We have a variety of online courses that are aimed at supporting/enhancing your role as a carer. Our training team are always pleased to hear from you if you have a specific request for training that would help you with your caring duties.

Free online courses

Have a look at these free online courses for carers:

We offer a wide range of virtual courses where you can meet up with other unpaid carers to discuss a variety of subjects, to help support you in your caring role. These online courses will take place on Zoom and are open to any carer 18+, who cares for an adult to attend.

Click here to find out more.

Carers UK also offer two free online courses – About me: building resilience for caring and the role of good nutrition when caring for someone. To access these courses go to their website and use the access code below:

access code DGTL8827

Vision2learn offer a broad range of qualifications online. Each course is nationally accredited and delivered in partnership with a further education college in England. They are all funded by the UK Government too, so if you are eligible you can study for free. Please check their criteria for details of how to apply for a free course.

Future Learn This collection of free online dementia courses is designed for healthcare professionals or family and friends who care for people with dementia

Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives: Starting 10/09/18 this four week online course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). In this free course you will discover how the arts can create a common ground between people, and in doing so, learn what we can do to improve the quality of life and care for people living with different dementias. To find out more and join the course visit:

Openlearn offer a series of free online courses aimed at those who wish to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in a number of specific areas.

These courses include About Me: building resilience for caring and the role of good nutrition in caring for someone

Microsoft offer a wide range of basic training on Office 365, the most popular suite of office programs for both home and business users. There are a large number of free courses provided by Microsoft themselves; and explain the basic functions for the home user or more in-depth information for those with who might be looking to update their skills.

Devon Digital Carers, run by Health & Care Videos and backed by Devon County Council, has launched a new online course called Take 20, to help unpaid carers develop their skills, increase their knowledge and improve confidence in their role.

As part of the ‘Innovation in Healthy Ageing Programme’, funded by the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, the Devon Digital Carers project provides digital resources to improve the way that unpaid carers access assured health information, for the person they care for as well as themselves.

They have launched new bite sized online course called Take 20 consisting of 20 modules, each taking approximately 20 minutes to complete, making it manageable for carers to complete alongside their day to day roles.