Since 1996, Able Training and Consultancy has been a market leader in the provision of high quality, solution focused training for the health and social welfare sectors.  We provide specifically designed in-house courses to meet the wide ranging and diverse needs of the voluntary, statutory and commercial sectors.  Able Training and Consultancy is  owned by Linda Cobb.  She has a range of associates who either co-work with her or provide services through Able Training and Consultancy Associates.

Our Philosophy - At Able Training and Consultancy we believe that to tackle increasingly complex daily challenges effectively we all need to engage in life-long learning.  We recognise that effective training is a vital and exciting key to opening individual and organisational potential and a tool to achieve success.

What we can offer your organisation - If required we can assist you with:

* Marketing your training
* Assessing your organisational training needs
* Writing your training materials and toolkits
* Training your managers or others in the techniques of cascading training
* Providing high quality targeted courses
* Evaluating the impact of training on working practice and other identified outcomes
* Offering a range of consultancy services

Our Aims - We aim to provide high quality, participative, empowering courses within an accelerated learning environment.

All our programmes  are linked to competencies and NVQ's where appropriate and also to local 'in house' policies and procedures.  They are all underpinned by best value, effective practice, equalities and where appropriate we focus on working together and effective intra-agency and multi-agency work.  We aim to ensure the training you receive from us has a real and practical application.

Our courses are designed to :


Increase confidence and build on experience

* Enable the development of skills and knowledge

Benefit workplace performance and life skills generally

* Create a challenging, supportive and non-threatening environment within which participants are positively encouraged to contribute


Summary of clients since 2000 - List not exhaustive

Child Support Agency

Local Authorities including: Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Cornwall, Doncaster, Ealing, Hackney, Harrow, Havering, Islington, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Maidenhead,  Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Shepway, Slough, Spelthorne, Southwark, Surrey, Staffordshire, Thurrock, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster.

Health Services including: East Sussex, Havering, Sutton, Merton, Waltham Forest and West Kent. 

Housing Associations including: CDHA, CDS, English Churches, LINC, Samuel Lewis.

Other Agencies / Organisations including: Age Concern England, Brent Users Group, Carers First, Central Care, CRI, Dartford MIND, Dartford VSU, Family Business, Greenwich Volunteers, Harrow MIND, InterChange Training, North Kent CVS, Parentline Plus, Pavillion, Rushenden Young Peoples Action Group, Socialwork line, Swale Voluntary Services, West Kent CVS.







Consultancy History

The bulk of consultancy work undertaken is of a diagnostic nature, working with organisations and communities to identify problems, explore options, build consensus and implement change as a creative process.  We work closely with managers and staff teams to improve service delivery and outcomes.


Consultancy recently provided includes - (list not exhaustive)


Consensus building for a National Voluntary Sector Organisation and as an assistant to Dialogue Matters' Working with the Sea project

* Change process Major national voluntary sector organisation


Capacity building Shepway Options Study


Fundraising and grant applications, as well as securing continuation of core funding - Various voluntary sector organisations


Conflict resolution and change management - National Housing Association

* Implementation and monitoring of equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice in recruitment and service delivery.
* Setting up modular based management development programmes with action learning components
* Developing supervision policies
* Supervision ‘tool kit’ for managers.
* A management handbook for Children’s Services managers –linking policies and procedures to legislation and theory, (reflecting NOS for management & leadership & GSCC Codes of Practice and the leadership requirements of TOPSS)


Residential Managers and staff-new handbooks meeting CSCI criteria-and GSCC Codes of Practice.



Other consultancy has included:

* Project set-up and management
* Developing policy, best practice and procedure
* Implementation of equalities
* Framework for implementation of equalities

Production of equalities toolkit for local authorities