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Brookside
For details of all Brookside courses and events, contact Mandy on 01952 591023. Courses starting in January Introduction to Computing First Aid Community Development (First Steps) Holistics English (for speakers of other languages) Family Learning Childcare facilities Brookside Pre School Quality, affordable childcare for children between the ages of two and five is available five mornings each week 9.15am – 11.45am at Brookside Pre School. For more information, contact Nicola Boronski on 07799 730851. management. For more information, contact Mandy on 01952 591023 or 07976 100511.

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Sutton Hill
For details of all Sutton Hill courses and events, contact Marie on 01952 587956. Courses starting in January Maths and English (Essential Skills) English (for speakers of other languages) Introduction to Computing Food Hygiene CLAIT Start IT Childcare facilities Quality, affordable childcare is available at Sutton Hill Day Nursery. The nursery is based in the new Sutton Hill Children’s Centre and can be contacted on 01952 686580. Community Café TJs Café is situated in Sutton Hill Community Centre and is open Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 3.30pm, and Fridays 8.30am – 2.30pm. Courses starting in January Painting for the Over 50s Maths, English and ICT (Essential Skills) Drawing and Painting for Beginners Introduction to Computing English (for speakers of other languages) Community Development (First Steps) Textiles Dressmaking Flower Arranging Sign Language Woodwork Plumbing Emergency DIY NVQ in Advice and Guidance Introduction to Spanish Digital Cameras and Photoshop Introduction to the Internet The Park Lane Centre Woodside's new multi million pound community centre is really starting to take shape. The building, which residents have decided to call The Park Lane Centre, will be open for business early in the New Year. There will be a large nursery, national health dental surgery, education and training rooms, youth centre, café, community hall and a range of small meeting and counselling rooms.

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Donnington & Donnington Wood
For details of all Donnington courses and events, contact Julie on 01952 272466. Courses starting in January GCSE Maths Bridge into Learning (English and Maths) Computing for Beginners Sewing Together (Family Learning) Childcare facilities Little Dragons and Donnington Under Fives Little Dragons from St Georges are currently caretaking Donnington Under Fives at the Lifelong Learning Centre. The pre school is open five mornings and two afternoons each week. For more information, contact Hilary Styles on 07896 183181. Trench Tots Neighbourhood Nursery Ltd (www.trenchtots.com) Trench Tots provides affordable, quality childcare in a calm, loving, stimulating and secure environment for children from newborn to eight years old. The nursery is open Monday – Friday from 7.30am – 6pm. For details, call 01952 270058, or 01952 273310, or email katie@trenchtots.com Volunteers The volunteer team at the Lifelong Learning Centre support the day to day running of the centre, including the Community Café. Volunteers receive regular one to one support and opportunities for free training throughout the year. Several volunteers have moved onto further education or employment, and as a result, the café will have vacancies for volunteers in the new year. Contact Rose on 01952 272488 for more information. Community Café The café is located at Donnington Wood Lifelong Learning Centre is open five days a week during term time from 9.30am – 3pm. The café is run entirely by volunteers and as well as staffing the café throughout the week, the team also prepare buffets for local meetings and functions.

Essential Skills student case study 1
Attending class for just an hour and half each week for a year has helped this learner improve their literacy skills, gain self-confidence and pick up a nationally recognised qualification along the way. Twelve months after first plucking up the courage to walk through the door, this learner is always smiling and is brilliant at motivating other nervous new learners. When this learner first attended the class, they would only write a couple of hesitant sentences whereas now three quarters of a page is normal!

Essential Skills student case study 2
D has been improving her literacy at a session in Donnington Wood. She reflects that until this year she hadn’t done any writing since leaving school in 1956. D recently wrote a piece entitled Achievement and referred to it as one of her greatest achievements.

Community Café Volunteers are currently being recruited to run the Community Café at Brookside Community Centre. The café will open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. All volunteers will receive free training in a range of skills including food hygiene, health and safety and money

Woodside
For details of all Woodside courses and events, contact Marie on 01952 587956.

"I never thought I would ever be able to do anything like this. It just shows it’s never too late. For the first time, I feel good about myself, even my husband has noticed that I am more confident than I have ever been. For me this is one of the best things I have ever done." Essential Skills and Creative Fashion student case study 3 "Throughout the fashion course I have gained a lot of confidence. Before I started this course I couldn’t even sew. Now I can use a sewing machine and sew designs on to paint transfers. I am very happy because I have also gained a qualification in maths. I received an Adult Learners’ Week Award for family learning too."

Helping in Schools
The Helping in Schools course is for adults who want to know more about schools and how they can help in a school on a voluntary basis. The free course will run for two and a half hours a week over 18 weeks and takes place in a small, friendly group where you will be able to meet other people also returning to study. During the course you will be expected to help in your child's school for at least two hours per week. During the course you will find out more about working with teachers and pupils, practical classroom skills and an introduction to the school curriculum. More information is available from Sheila Bregeon on 01952 583886.

For the first time, I feel good about myself. Even my husband has noticed that I am more confident than I have ever been.

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residents
BENTILEE Community Housing in Stoke and the Borough of Telford & Wrekin are working together to offer residents in Stoke-onTrent and Telford & Wrekin the chance to take a course in Community Volunteering and Community and Neighbourhood Issues. These are two different courses that we are offering as part of the EPIC Project (Empowering People, Inspiring Communities) including community volunteering and neighbourhood design. The courses are free and you get a nationally recognised qualification. You will learn about giving people the chance to learn more about community issues, including how decisions are made about important initiatives which affect the community. More information is available from Lisa Owen on 01782 252574 or Maria Bickerton on 01952 588886.

Leegomery
For details of all courses and events at Leegomery Community Centre, contact Mike on 01952 242504. Free ‘come along and have a go’ activities during February Ballroom Dancing Salsa Dancing Pilates Line Dancing

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