Community learning courses

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Community learning offers free or low cost courses for adults aged 19 or over with few or no qualifications. Courses aim to improve employability, health, wellbeing and confidence.

We work within the Community Learning West consortium, along with Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

Our current courses are listed below – contact us to find out more.

 

For information on the courses below please contact JP Evans on 01934 426 725. We recommend booking in advance

Finding work in cleaning

This short course is for those who wish to work as cleaners and would like additional information to improve their chances of finding employment. The course gives tips about effective cleaning methods, information about local opportunities, tips for success in job interviews, health and safety, and COSHH awareness.

When: starting Monday 14 May 2019, 10am to noon, two sessions
Where: Douglas Court, Stradling Avenue, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3RH

Introduction to childcare

This course explores the range of services provision and roles within the early years and childcare. Some of the topics cover the principles and values when working within the early years and childcare sector, how to communication and engage with children in the early years settings and awareness of working with others. After completing the course, you’ll receive an accreditation through City & Guilds in Level 1 Award Preparing to Work in Childcare sector. Guidance to progress onto a Level 2 course is also given at the end of the course

When: starting on Tuesday 5 November 2019, 10am to 1 pm, five sessions
Where: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX

Introduction to self-employment – becoming your own boss

This short course provides information to help you plan your business effectively. Including developing a business plan and pitching your business idea. Raising finance or start-up loans, manage finances, tax and VAT, researching your market and complying with legal requirements.

When: starting Thursday 10 October 2019, 10am to 1pm, three sessions
Where: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX

British sign language

This course will benefit those who wish to develop sign language skills to communicate better with customers and colleagues who have hearing loss or other communication difficulties. By the end of the course participants will be able to use British sign language for customer service skills to communicate and translate phrases using a variety of techniques including deaf awareness, descriptive signs and finger spelling alphabet.

When:  starting Friday 27 September 2019, 10am to noon, 10 sessions
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Prepare to pass the driving theory test

This course gives support and tuition to improve chances of passing the theory test. Develop confidence using a computer for the test. Practice answering questions and learn how to approach theory and hazard perception. Learn how to stay safe and legal on the roads, and how to book the test.

When: starting Tuesday 8 October 2019, 10 am to noon, seven sessions
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Woodwork for women

An introduction to woodwork for complete beginners in a relaxed, non-competitive environment. Learn hands-on skills and carpentry techniques. Build confidence to safely use hand tools. Information about options for gaining more skills and/or experience.

When: Fridays, 9.30am to 2.30pm (starting Friday 8 November 2019 for five weeks)
Where: Weston College South West Skills Campus, Locking Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 8NL

Time for me

An informal, fun course for carers. Learn how to look after YOU to help you feel better informed, healthier and happier.
The course will cover: your health and well-being, information about your rights as a carer, tips to feel more confident about requesting support, being good to yourself, quizzes and fun activities, planning for change, where to get further advice and support. The course is free for carers.

When: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX

 

For information on the courses below please contact Cirlei Ioris on 01934 426 361 or 07767 671 633.

English for speakers of other languages – ESOL

ESOL courses in Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead and Worle.

We offer different groups for levels from pre-entry to Level 1.

To find out your level and  book your place on the course contact Cirlei Ioris on 01934 426 361 or 07767 671 633.

When: assessment day on Tuesday 10 September, any time between 1pm to 3 pm and 5.30pm to 7.30 pm

Introduction to catering

You will learn the basic knife skills and create delicious dishes including starter, main meal and dessert.

When: starting Wednesday 11 September 2019, 4pm to 6.30pm, seven sessions
Where: At the Victoria Methodist Church Hall

For information on the courses below please contact Victoria Barvenova on 01934 426 196 or email victoria.barvenova@n-somerset.gov.uk.

Get Growing

Get Growing is an eight week unaccredited training course develop by growing together team. Week by week you will learn all the essentials skills and techniques to help you grow fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables.

When: starting Thursday 13 September 2019, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 10 sessions
Where: Great Rhyne Allotments (behind Windwhistle Circle), Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3TZ

Event and project management

This course will help people to understand the basics of project management. Learners will have a chance to learn new skills like time and budget management, team work and communication skills. The learners will be planning a real event that will take place at the end of the course.

When: starting Monday 7 October 2019, 10am to 1pm, six sessions
Where: The Stable, 3-6 Wadham Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1JY

Brush up your maths

This course is a pre-entry level maths for those who would like to improve numeracy skills.

When: Starting Monday 23 September 2019, 1pm to 3pm, 10 sessions
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Introduction to floristry

Learn how to create eye-catching flower arrangements and have a chance to get customer service experience with a local florist.

Where: The Blossom parlour,  High St, Weston-super-Mare BS22 7EJ

When: Tuesday 17 September April 2019, 10am – 12pm

Making money on blogging

This course will help you to understand different social media and blogging platforms. Learn how write engaging  content, take and upload eye-catching images to promote yourself or your business using social media.

When: starting Monday 4 November 2019, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, 11 sessions
Where: The Stable, 3-6 Wadham St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1JY

Videography and film production

Learn everything you need to know to make your own videos and short movies from a professional videographer and a National Theatre actor.

Where: At the Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA
When: starting Monday 9 September 2019, 1.30pm to 3.30 pm, six sessions

 

For information on the courses below please contact Joan Urch on 01934 426 123.

Business skills

This practical course will cover setting up an e-mail account, accessing universal job match, creating/updating your CV. You will also learn how to write covering letters/emails, search internet job sites and develop an awareness of social media.

When: Mondays and Thursdays, 9.30am to 11.30am (starting on Monday 9 September 2019, five weeks)
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Managing the emotion of anger

This course will help you to explore anger as well as teach methods and strategies to manage it. Managing anger is not just about dealing with explosive anger but also about suppressed anger, angry feelings and unexpressed strong emotions or feelings.

When: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Building self confidence

This course will help you explore self-confidences using mindfulness and other techniques. The learners are encouraged to explore what prevents them from being confident and how they can improve and move forward.

When: starting on Tuesday 1 September 2019, 10 am – noon, six sessions
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Mindfulness

This course will help you to learn the basics of how this meditation technique can help you live your life more fully, be more fully engaged in your day-to-day life, manage anxiety, depression stress, chronic pain and illness.

When:  September/October –  dates to be confirmed
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Jewellery course – intermediate

Learn how to make your own jewellery.

When: Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 1pm to 3.30pm, eight sessions

Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Life Skills

This course will help you to develop life and coping skills. It will assist you to manage and understand life situations, enabling you to deal more effectively with everyday life. Topics covered in the course are: effective communication, stress management, self-confidence, assertiveness, relaxation and meditation and goal setting and action planning.

When: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: 
Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Decorative painting technique

This DIY course will help you to learn the basics of painting. The course will cover all different types of technique, ragging, stippling, etc using different paint types.

When: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA

Assertiveness

This course aims to help improve your communication and assertiveness skills.  It will lead you to a more constructive approach to asserting needs in different situations and to developing more positive ways of handling relationships.  The course will give you the individual techniques to increase your personal effectiveness and gain more control of your life.

When: dates for this course are to be confirmed
Where: Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA