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Adult & Community Learning Courses 2018-2019

1st October 2018, Various Times & Dates
Emma Hills

The WEA offers a range of free short 3 hour workshops and longer courses which cost only £3 per hour (eligibility criteria apply). Some courses run by The WEA are also accredited courses with students earning certification on completion. If you are receiving appropriate Income Related Benefits, all WEA courses will be free of charge to you. The range of courses we can offer is dependent upon available funding and tutor availability. We can also organise courses for many different types of groups. These include: Mental Health Groups, Parents, Older Adults, Carers, Volunteers and Job Seekers.

Employability and Volunteering

These courses are aimed to develop confidence, understanding and skills to help adults, at all stages of their lives, appreciate the changing nature of the world of work and where appropriate participate more fully in work life.

Computing – Beginners, Intermediate and Work Skills related courses available

Maths or English – These first-step courses help students to gain confidence in developing their basic numeracy or literacy Skills. Students may then be able to enrol on an accredited course 

Get Ready for Work - Aimed at helping students to write C.Vs and covering letters, identify their transferable skills & improve their job search and interview skills.

Customer Service Skills –This workshop teaches the basics of good customer service care.

Safeguarding - Workshops  to raise awareness .

Dealing with Difficult Conversations and Situations – This course is aimed at volunteers who offer support to people in difficult situations

Running Effective Meetings – Aimed at volunteers who are new to chairing meetings

How to be an Effective Volunteer- Learning what makes a good volunteer, identifying transferable skills and ensuring that the role does not overpower other aspects of life.

Facilitating Effective Training – This course explains how people learn and how to train staff and volunteers.

Dementia Awareness- Helping volunteers to understand and support people with dementia

Working with Vulnerable Adults-  3 hour workshop outlining the legislative framework and giving an overview of the skills required when working with vulnerable adults. The session includes safeguarding.

Safeguarding-  3 hour workshop outlining the legislation, guidelines and responsibilities related to safeguarding.

City and Guilds accredited courses in a variety of work-based subjects   including:

  • An Introduction to Health and Safety in the workplace
  • An Introduction to working with Vulnerable Adults
  • An Introduction to Health care, Adult care & Child Care

Courses for Older Adults

¨ Arts, Crafts, Cookery – A range of craft courses are available including  sewing, knitting, baking and flower arranging.

¨ Chair Based Exercise – Gentle chair based exercises designed to improve flexibility, strength and stamina

¨ Brain Gym – Fun sessions including games and music designed to improve mental processes.

¨ Pain Management- Practical tips and exercises for managing pain

¨ Getting online – Beginners and improvers computer courses for older adults.


Courses for Mental Health Groups

The WEA highly values Health and Wellbeing and encompasses this as one of it’s four key themes. We are committed to providing courses that will help maintain and create a healthy, peaceful mind. Below is a list of the courses we offer for mental health groups to help achieve this.

¨ Stress Management  (also available for other groups)

¨ Goal Setting

- Confidence Building

¨ Anxiety Management

¨ Introduction to Mindfulness

¨ Managing Strong Emotions.


Parenting and Supporting Childrens Learning

¨ An Introduction to Child Development- This course demonstrates how to meet the emotional, physical and social needs of children. This can be offered as a City and Guilds accredited course for those considering a career in child care.

¨ Preparing to Help in Schools -This course explains how to support learning in schools. It is then possible to undertake the accredited   Helping In Schools course (Level 2) and/or the accredited level 2        Supporting Educational Needs and Disabilities course

¨ Supporting Dyslexia: A practical workshop explaining methods for   supporting dyslexia.

¨ Positive Behaviour Management: A practical workshop showing how to encourage positive behaviour in children

- Helping Your Child to Manage Anxiety and Stress: This course helps worried parents to learn practical tips to help their child or teenager manage stress and anxiety.

¨ Talking Together- This workshop teaches practical skills for helping your child to communicate effectively.

¨ Value of Play- These fun workshops show how everyday life and play can help your child to learn valuable Numeracy, Literacy and Social skills

¨ Family Cookery – Hands-on practical courses showing how to cook up nutritious snacks and meals on a budget.


Extra Courses

¨ Volunteering First Aid- for volunteers ( also offered for schools/children’s centres)

¨ Employability An Introduction to being Self Employed

¨ Schools and Parenting  We also offer Supporting Children on the Autistic Spectrum- as part of the schools and parenting programme.

¨ Managing anxiety in Teenagers




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