Booking is now open for adult education courses in Wokingham borough, with a range of options to help with skills for work and life, wellbeing, parenting and family life, and community groups.
All courses are free unless otherwise stated and those with a charge are free to those in receipt of certain benefits. More information about eligibility can be found at the end of this article.
Skills for work and life
Please visit the council’s website, email email@example.com or call 07785 314603 to apply.
Digital skills for beginners
- Learn to make better use of your PC, laptop, iPad, tablet or smartphone. Gain confidence in using email, internet searching, online safety, online shopping or video calling.
Building your confidence to return to work or volunteering
- This course will help you to identify all the strengths and qualities you have that employers want and look at ways to expand your experience through volunteering or further learning while building your confidence to take the next steps.
Excel for work (£30)
- Learn and practice spreadsheet skills in Microsoft Excel. Improve your skills for the workplace in these interactive sessions. Learn how to create formulas and techniques for summarising and sorting data.
Introduction to being a teaching assistant and working in schools (£45)
- Find out more about different roles available in schools and gain an understanding of how to apply while exploring the strengths and weaknesses in your transferable skills and building your confidence.
IT skills for work (£30)
- Refresh or learn new IT skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, to help you at work or on your job-seeking journey. By the end of the course you will be able to manage files, use simple documents, email attachments and feel more confident with your IT skills.
English for speakers of other languages (£45)
- Improve your English in a small, supportive group. Build your confidence in speaking, writing, reading and listening and explore helpful topics like health, work and education.
Courses for parents or carers
Visit the council’s website, email or call 07785 314603 to apply.
Understanding primary education in England (£30)
- Parents will gain an understanding of the curriculum and assessments as well as how support systems work in schools. The course is suitable for parents new to education in England and will also look at events which schools celebrate as well as trips and residential visits.
Helping your child with English (£45)
- These courses are ideal for helping you understand how your child will learn at primary school and how you can encourage and support learning at home through simple activities.
Family Matters Course
- Aimed at parents and carers of children with autism or associated conditions (including dyslexia, dyspraxia, OCD, anxiety, PDA or ADHD), helping with skills around relationships, financial understanding and mental wellbeing. Contact ASD Family Help or text or phone 07733 601755.
Support for community groups
Connecting Communities in Berkshire offers a wide range of training courses for adults, designed to support community groups and the voluntary sector. Book via the CCB website.
Low carbon village halls and community buildings (£12)
- Is your community hall looking to migrate to renewable power and renewable energy systems? The Berkshire Project Officer from the Low Carbon Workplaces grant scheme will help you look at the options available as no two halls are the same. The sessions will also cover energy saving options and smart energy management.
Wellbeing in Mind courses
Run by Activate Learning for Wokingham Adult Education, Wellbeing in Mind courses are designed for people aged 19 and above with issues like stress, low mood, and mild to moderate mental health issues. Places can be booked by emailing Wellbeing in Mind or calling 01344 766654.
Six Steps to Better Mental Health
- The course starts with some gentle inward focus and over the six weeks gradually works toward how we interact with the world and others. Sessions cover topics such as compassion and acceptance, self-care & low mood and mindfulness.
Mindfulness Seasonal Nature Walk
- Do you feel lost and disconnected from the world around you? Scientific trials have shown that spending quality time in nature brings great benefits to our health and wellbeing. This includes quietening our busy minds, improving sleep, reducing blood pressure and boosting the immune system. Take some time out to slow down and relax on an immersive, sensory walk in woodlands and green spaces around Woodley Hill House.
Yoga For Wellbeing
- Yoga is a practice of postures and sequences, breathing techniques, concentration and relaxation. It allows you to develop strength and flexibility, self-awareness and balance of body and mind.
Relax with Ceramics
- Learn a variety of basic pottery and wellbeing techniques exploring themes of strength and fragility. Inspirations come from botanical structures, movement in rural spaces, daylight and a response to Seasonal Affective Disorder.
To attend an adult education course, you need to live or work within Wokingham borough or have a child attending a Wokingham borough school,
- AND be over 19 years old (as of 31 August 2021)
- AND have ordinarily been resident in the UK or EEA for at least three years. If you are an EEA national, you must have either pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
All Ukrainian adults and their family members supported through the Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme are immediately eligible for courses and exempt from the three-year residency requirement.
Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa holders in the UK are eligible to attend all courses except ESOL courses until 30 June this year.
There are several other exemptions including those for some asylum seekers or refugees. Applicants should contact the council on 07785 314603 to discuss any exemptions further.
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