Grassroots charity promoting the right for people with learning disabilities to have a choice about how they live their lives

Person Centred Training and workshops

Find out more about our Person Centred Training, and other workshops

We often get asked if we provide person centred training and facilitation, and we do! We're always happy to talk about your requirements and can design something to meet your specific needs.

If you want your organisation to get some of the Stay Up Late treatment to see how we can think about changing cultures please get in touch. We're more than happy to design something around your needs.

We also aim to practice what we preach about delivering our person centred training with co-facilitators with learning disabilities.

We get quite booked up so please get in touch as soon as you can so we can get something in the diary.

To give you an idea of our work here are some sessions we've run:

Person Centred Training

Campaign workshopsPerson Centred Training

We've run a variety of sessions with people with learning disabilities, support providers and commissioning teams. We are happy to talk to you about your local needs and can alter the sessions depending on how much time you have available. We always focus these workshops on bringing about change, led by the ideas of the participants.

We've also run these at conferences.

User-involvement - co-production, consultation, really listening and recruitment

Person Centred Training

Our team have many years experience in facilitating consultation activities with people with learning disabilities. Our training sessions can be designed to meet your needs and will cover creative ways in which to meaningfully involve people who use services in developing support services and choosing the right staff.

In all our years of being involved in social care we haven't yet met someone who can't tell you how they want to be supported. It's how you listen is what's important. These sessions will enable you to develop ideas around listening and acting.


We've delivered a number of lectures around our work in Universities and other academic settings. We are happy to talk to you about your needs. We've delivered these in a fairly standard setting but have also incorporated creative arts and unleashed the energy and spirit of Heavy Load in others. Let us know what you're after and we'll see if we can design something that fits for you.

Culture change

Person Centred Training

These sessions are aimed at teams working in support settings, or management teams, and will challenge you to think about the support you provide and the practices and customs within your organisation. As well as person centred training we can also do sessions around co-production, recruitment, consultation and a range of other things.

We won't judge you but we will probably ask you why you do things a particular way and encourage debate and ideas around different ways of doing things - always with a focus on enabling people with learning disabilities to lead great lives.

Punk song writing workshops

Person Centred Training

These are a great way to let go of your inhibitions and collectively write songs. No experience of songwriting, or musicianship, is required. In fact its beneficial!!

These sessions can be tailored to suit your needs and can be delivered for people who use services, staff teams or a mixture of both. They could be used as a joint way of addressing problems and issues facing a service.

We've also delivered these in junior schools, at conferences, festivals and with other arts organisations.

Other training

Person Centred Training

Examples of other training sessions that we run are:

  • Volunteer training for new Gig Buddies volunteers
  • Training new partners in developing their own Gig Buddies projects through Gig Buddies In A Box
  • Our approaches to using social media
  • Running meetings (such as our Annual General Meeting) in a way that makes the most of the involvement of the people you're aiming to serve

How much do you cost?

This depends on whether we're funded for the piece of work, and also on what you can afford. So as a rough idea we would need to charge £250 for a day and also claim travel and accommodation on top of this.

The best thing to do is chat with us about what we can offer. We like to deliver person centred training is to tailor it to the needs of the people booking us. We don't just get a session off the shelf!

Drop us a line to make an enquiry and chat with about what you'd like us to help you with.

Need some Person Centred Training?

Get in touch to tell us more about what you need, or talk more about some of the approaches we've done in the past.

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