Social Care Academy Hub

The South West London Social Care Academy Hub is part of the Mayor’s Academy Programme covering the six London Boroughs of Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Wandsworth supporting local residents, especially those from underrepresented groups (BAME, Men, Young people (16-24), Older people (50+), Lone parents, People with caring responsibilities, Deaf and disabled) into good jobs in the social care sector by coordinating and facilitating key partners to work together to provide accessible and coordinated information and support.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We recognise the diverse needs of our community and are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and diversity in employment, commissioning and service delivery.

We value diversity and believe it is essential to provide services which work well for all residents and staff. We are committed to working with all statutory partners, businesses and the voluntary sector to ensure the best possible outcomes for those who live in, work in and visit the boroughs of South West London.

Meet the team

SWL Social Care Workforce Development Lead – Sheryl Brand

Sheryl is responsible for leading the delivery of a programme of work across the six SWL boroughs to support boroughs and partners in aligning local, regional and national initiatives and policies on social care workforce development to maximise the impact for residents, workers and employers.

Sheryl leads the Social Care Academy Hub as part of the delivery of the SWL Social Care Workforce Strategy.

SWL Social Care Academy Hub Co-ordinator – Lawrence Coke

Lawrence is responsible for the day-to-day coordination and delivery of the Social Care Academy Hub. Lawrence engages with a wide range of partners from across the six boroughs, social care sector, employment, education, skills and training providers, SWL NHS and London ADASS to work together to promote and ensure access to good jobs, training and career opportunities in the social care sector.

Communications and Engagement Lead – Wendy Lewis

Wendy is responsible for the Social Care Academy Hub’s engagement and communications, including campaigns and managing a programme of events and activities to promote the social care sector to new and existing audiences.

Our objectives:

  • Promoting and raising awareness of jobs and careers in social care so more people take up relevant skills training and employment in social care, especially those from under-represented groups and diverse backgrounds
  • Providing a comprehensive and coordinated source of information and support for those looking to work in and develop their skills in social care
  • Embedding clear pathways between employers, employment support partners and education and training providers to support people into work in social care
  • Enabling access to relevant training and education for those who want to work in the social care sector
  • Promoting and enable opportunities for career development and progression
  • Helping ensure the availability of the skills required to deliver new models of care
  • Developing an integrated approach to health and social care workforce development by working with the South West London Health Hub.


The Social Care Academy Hub is part of the South London Partnership(SLP) and is working closely with colleagues within SLP in particular with the South London Careers hub with a focus on getting young people into good jobs. 

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