Annie Whelan under license to Signpost (UK)

Independent Learning Disability Broker Training

Training pack

The Independent Learning Disability Broker Training is an accredited training course developed by Signpost UK to become support brokers and includes a specialist focus on learning disability issues, systems and supports.



The Independent Learning Disability Broker Training pack gives participants the skills they need to work as support brokers for people with learning disabilities.

The course runs for five days and is broken down into five modules with step-by-step instructions for running the training. The accompanying CD-ROM contains all the materials and PowerPoint slides needed for the course.

The materials are designed for self-study and learning within teams of support workers, and training groups and people in-house by skilled and experienced practitioners.


Individuals wanting to train as peer brokers: Individuals who have some personal experience of services who want to assist others and build their personal skillset in order to take a positive step into volunteering or work situations.

Individuals wishing to train as independent specialist mental health brokers: Individuals working in community settings who are generally interested in providing a new service as self-employed independent brokers.

Organisations wanting their existing staff to acquire essential new skills as brokers: Many organisations recognise that they will need to work in new and innovative ways in readiness for the implementation of more personalised services.


ISBN: 9781908993274
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 14 December 2012

  • Module 1: Introduction and basic skills
  • Module 2: Assessment, review and the broker role
  • Module 3: Learning disability information and awareness
  • Module 4: Legislation, strategy and the broker role
  • Module 5: Brokerage role, boundaries and resources
  • CD-ROM with handouts and PowerPoint slides


Annie Whelan began her work in mental health in the USA, focusing on service user involvement and self-directed support. After moving back to the UK a decade ago, she managed and developed advocacy services for many years, before moving onto national development work for a number of mental health charities. Annie has written and developed several training programmes and assessment tools including: the A4A IMHA programmes, A4A Legislation in Practice, Mental Health Providers Forum (MHPF) Care Pathway Programme, RSPH Mental Health and Work, the Signpost UK Life Plan and mcch’s Lifeworx. Annie currently works for mcch, Signpost UK, MHPF and is a member of the GRiST risk screening research team.


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