Skills for Care Endorsement

In our continual strive to be the “best” we are delighted to say that we have been endorsed by Skills for Care.

August 2017


Introducing Edmodo

Edmodo is our “Virtual Learning Environment”, it has been designed to help learners complete their qualifications, whilst gaining new skills using ICT. Our bespoke learning resources and links have been included to make the program interactive and engaging enabling learners to network with others who are also completing a qualification with DHA. Assessors will be helping learners to create an account, which they can access 24/7 helping them to learn at their own pace.

Our staff have already started to see the benefits to learners, but we need your help! The access to a wifi signal at times can be difficult, if you are able to, please help your staff wherever possible, for instance by providing them with the wifi code when they are with their assessor, this will help during the visit. Thank you in anticipation.


The Social Care Commitment – Have You Signed Up Yet?

The Social Care Commitment is the adult social care sector’s promise to provide people who need care and support with high quality services. You can learn more here.

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Team News

June saw a new member of staff join DHA. Jude Montgomery joins us as an assessor. Jude is a trained nurse, and has lots of experience in health and social having recently been working in Residential Care, specialising in End of Life Care and supporting students with Maths and English.

Although Jo Moorcroft’s new arrival is not an official team member, we are pleased to congratulate Jo on the safe arrival of her daughter – Madison born in June weighing a healthy 8lb, Congratulations to Jo and her family.

Summer Team Day 2016 – It’s A Knockout!

If you grew up in the 70`s you will remember this popular Saturday night TV programme. It involved teams competing in activities that meant dressing up, getting wet, falling over and having fun.

Being a go getting and can do team DH Associates fielded a team of 5 willing volunteers at the Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation event for training providers; Tracy Bradley (Brad Example), Tom (Tominator), Max (Maximum Damage), Kellie (Kamikaze Kellie) and Michelle (Bombshell).

The event became our annual team day with the rest of the team as cheerleaders.

There were 18 teams at the warm up, who looked fitter, healthier and younger than us. Their average age was 24 compared to our 45.Luckily there were some activities that involved brains as well as brawn which gave DHA an unwitting advantage to our vintage team. It was a great achievement to only miss out on a place in the final by coming fifth. We had a great day cheering on our team and enjoying the rare sunshine.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

We are holding a Macmillan coffee morning on the 22nd September 2016 at DHA offices 10 am. All are welcome, we have some excellent bakers in the team, so please feel free to come along to support this event and enjoy a cake and coffee.

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Ofsted Outstanding

We’re so proud to have been graded Ofsted Outstanding in all areas.

We are the first Independent Learning Provider of Apprenticeships to have been graded Outstanding since the new standards were introduced last year.

You can read our full report here


Accolades Winners!

We are delighted to be winners of the Skills for Care Accolade for Best Provider of Learning and Development.

We received the award in the evening after the Skills For Care Annual Conference. Many thanks to all of our Staff, Employers and Learners – we couldn’t have done it without you all!

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Learner Of The Year 2015

We would like to congratulate our Leaner of the Year 2015 – Michelle Turner from Looking Forward Activities

Michelle owns Looking Forward Activities, a company providing support and activity groups to young adults with a learning disability. Michelle has completed the Higher Apprenticeship in Care, Leadership & Management. After discussion about a research unit, Michelle was challenged to consider topics that would facilitate change in current practice, and lead to improvement in service delivery.

Michelle highlighted the lack of employment opportunities for young adults with a learning disability and so the challenge began! Her aim was to develop an opportunity which would meet the above criteria and support, educate and safeguard the young adults at the same time. The activity group meets daily in a community hall and Michelle considered the prospect of opening up a cafe there once a week where the young adults would learn new skills around communicating with the public, food health and safety and basic numeracy and writing skills. With the support of her staff, Michelle soon started the cafe, which proved to be a great success. Michelle has shown great commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable adults and including them in society. She is an inspiration to the sector!

However, Michelle has not stopped there and is currently facilitating the development of an allotment where the young adults can learn to grow fruit and vegetables to be sold to the public.
“My assessor was approachable, friendly and knowledgeable, and gave me the confidence to take on this challenge.”

Michelle states that she had “great tuition and support” whilst being on programme and learnt so much that she is now encouraging staff members to take up the opportunity of completing an apprenticeship with DHA!

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Accolades Finalist 2015/16

We are delighted to announce that we are finalists for the 2015/16 Skills for Care Accolade of Best Provider of Learning and Development.

Winners will be announced at the ceremony on 10th March 2016 following the Annual Conference so watch this space!

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Liverpool Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony 2015

The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub is hosting their second FREE Apprenticeship‬ Graduation Ceremony on 30th July 2015 in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) this event is to celebrate the achievements of Apprentices who have successfully completed Advanced (Level 3) and Higher (Level 4 and above) Apprenticeships. These must have been achieved between 1st May 2014 and 1st May 2015, in the same way that university students are recognised on completion of a degree.

Ceremony 1 takes place 2-4pm

Ceremony 2 takes place 6.30-8.30pm

Registration for tickets closes 3rd July

Refer A Friend

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Refer a Friend today and on their first completed sign up you BOTH receive a £10 High Street Voucher!

So recommend our OFSTED Outstanding Service to your friends today

Contact our Business Development Team for more information on 0151 336 6900 or email