Family Learning and Community Access
The main aim of Family Learning is to create new opportunities for families to learn and have
fun together, and underlines the fact that learning does not have to take place in the classroom.
Through Family Learning, there are opportunities for adults and children to be able to learn,
achieve and gain new skills together. Not only does Family Learning help children to be able to
make a success of their school life but it also provides a pathway back into education for
parents and carers as well as families being able to spend time together learning new and
exciting activities and courses.
Family Learning can help to make a key difference to raising attainment and achievement in
schools as well as increasing the confidence in parents/carers in being able to support their
children‟s learning and learn new skills to further develop their own learning.
Family Learning supports parents in their everyday lives with their children, and helps parents to
make choices about their own learning. It is important to recognise that family learning builds on
the strengths that already exist in families. Parents know their children best. Family Learning
uses that knowledge to support what children learn and how they learn, both in the educational
settings and at home.
Family literacy, language and numeracy programmes are key in developing essential skills in
speaking, listening, reading, writing and maths for the whole family. School staff work alongside
adult tutors to be able to offer a supportive programme of learning for families in a collaborative
Wider Family Learning courses, such as arts, ICT and healthy eating encourage families to try
new activities and learn new skills in a fun and interactive way.
Courses on offer in local schools, children‟s centres, libraries and community settings include:
Family computer courses
Family literacy, language and numeracy
English speakers of other languages (ESOL) Family Literacy and Keeping up with the
Keeping up with the children Literacy and numeracy
Arts and Crafts
Tracy Markham Curriculum Manager - Family Learning
Stockport Continuing Education Service Tel: 0161 474 3485
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Access to IT
Your local library offers access and support to people who need help on the Internet or with
other computer applications. They have fully trained staff able to introduce you to all the
services available on the computers.
Stockport‟s Library and Information Service is part of the People‟s Network. This is the
Government‟s initiative to provide everyone in the country with free access to computers,
including the Internet, e-mail and Office applications. With funding from the National Lottery‟s
New Opportunities Fund as well as Stockport Council, all Stockport‟s libraries have a number of
computers available free of charge for public use.
Each library is now an approved UK Online Centre. UK Online guides people to national and
local government information and services now available via the Internet.
Free access! There is no charge for using your local library's PCs
Everyone is welcome to use the computers, but you do need to book a session in advance.
Each session can last up to one hour. You can book up to a week in advance, by contacting
your local library.
You can surf the Internet and use e-mail at all of Stockport's libraries. Each library is connected
to the Broadband network, making for fast searches.
Additionally each PC has Microsoft Office software installed, for word processing, and for
creating spreadsheets, databases, presentations and desk top publishing. Paintshop Pro and
Photo Editor software allows you to edit graphic images.
Each library has a document scanner and CD-writing capability. Material may be printed in
colour or black/white (differing charges for printing apply - please check first).
Stockport Continuing Education
Offer a full programme of IT courses, open to everyone in Stockport, running in the mornings,
afternoon and evenings. Some courses are free. Courses range from beginners with
„Computers for the Terrified‟ up to more advanced ECDL and SAGE. Enrolment in September
and throughout the year.
Courses currently running at Bridgehall Community Centre; Lapwing Centre, Brinnington; Hazel
Grove Adult Centre, Hazel Grove High School and The Salvation Army for Lancashire Hill and
If there is no course in your area, details can be put on a waiting list and courses will be set up
when there are sufficient numbers.
Contact: Continuing Education
Freephone Helpline Tel: 0800 389 0804
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Stockport Homes offers free IT courses to its customers. They are working in partnership with
Stockport College to provide the opportunity to gain an accredited qualification. There are a
range of IT courses on offer including using the internet, word processing and email.
In addition, other courses are available to develop literacy or numeracy skills, and understand
routes into higher education or employment. Whatever your age, whether you‟re a complete
beginner or just wanting to top up your skills, there is something for you.
Contact: 1 St Peter's Square
Stockport SK1 1NZ
Tel: 0161 218 1367
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Community buildings are properties, which are available to the public for various activities and
functions. A variety of community activities take place including parent and toddler groups,
welfare rights advice and computing courses.
Hazel Grove Civic Hall
Contact: Linda Davenport Tel: 0161 483 2279
Woodford Community Centre
The centre has 2 halls, one of which has a badminton court. Activities and clubs include dog
training, bridge, dancing classes and „Woodford Players‟ drama group.
Chester Road, Woodford, Stockport, Cheshire. SK7 1PS
Tel: 0161 440 0569
Community Youth Activities
Stockport Action for Voluntary Youth has a list of affiliated groups and a useful guide „What‟s on
Quarterly Directory of Youth Activities in Stockport - Things to Do and Places to Go‟.
Stockport Credit Union Limited is a 'not for profit' community savings and loans cooperative,
which is owned and controlled by its members. Credit Unions have a low rate of interest on
loans and are as safe as a bank or building society.
You can join Stockport Credit Union if you live or work anywhere in the borough of Stockport.
You can apply for membership and pay in at any of the „collection points‟ in Bredbury,
Adswood, Brinnington, Lancashire Hill, Offerton (Dialstone Centre), Reddish, Romiley and
Woodley. Other collection points will be opening in the near future in different parts of Stockport.
Check the council website, www.stockport.gov.uk for up to date information.
Stockport Credit Union Ltd
St Luke‟s Parish Centre,
Stockport SK5 8BS
Tel: 0161 430 5808
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Cheadle Muslim Association Community Centre and Mosque
Offer a wide range of weekly activities for children including a parent and toddler group, Boys
and Girls Study Circle, study support groups, Urdu class GCSE, Children‟s “Madrassa” and
Homework Club up to GCSE. Junior football and cricket club.
Also classes, groups and functions for adults. All are in English unless specified. Learn Arabic
Language classes for the beginner. Inter faith network meetings are held here. Islamic
awareness day sessions for schools & also others are a regular feature. School Heads are
welcome to contact.
377 Wilmslow Road
Cheadle SK8 3NP
Tel: 0161 437 1093
Christians in Schools Trust
Christians in Schools Trust is a non-denominational registered charity working in schools all
over Stockport. They offer assemblies, clubs and RE lessons as well as Year 6 transition
sessions to children and young people of all faiths and none. Primary schools will probably be
familiar with their website. This offers comprehensive support through Primary Vision for
teaching Christianity in accordance with the Locally Agreed Syllabus for RE at KS 1 and 2.
All their services are free. As well as this, they have direct links to many churches who may be
able to offer signposted activities. Schools can contact the Trust at any time for details of their
nearest church and what they can offer.
Contact: Christians in Schools Trust
The Town House,
Stockport SK3 9DU
Tel: 0161 480 1078
Registered Charity 1019848
Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Stockport
Hold Ruhi Institute study classes with Bahá‟í education study groups. Open to and supported by
Bahá‟ís and Non-Bahá‟ís. Flexible, home-based classes available for children, young people
and adults. Run by tutors across Stockport as required.
Contact: Catherine Eckersley (Secretary)
Tel: 0161 439 1239
Bramhall Methodist Church
Offer a wide range of community groups including the following for children and young people:
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Junior Church – meets Sunday mornings at 10.00am with separate groups for beginners,
primary, juniors and seniors. Junior Church meets at „Praise at the Point‟ for the first parts of
their time, before moving into their own activities.
3Ts – A midweek club for 10-13 years olds. Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 8.30pm
Quest – Tuesdays at 7.45pm to 9.30pm at the Mill for the 14 - 18 age range
The church has a full range of uniformed groups including Rainbows, Brownies (two packs),
Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
Contact: Church Secretary
Tel: 0161 439 1204
Office Hours Monday to Friday 9.00am – 12 noon
Hazel Grove Baptist Church
Offer the following groups:
Seedlings – Parent and baby group
Unique – for children in junior schools
Youth club – open youth club with discussion relevant to 11-18 years age group
Marriage course – help make your marriage better
Tel: 0161 487 3708
Norbury Parish Church, Hazel Grove
Christian worship and teaching for all ages, with regular meetings and social events, especially
for teenagers and children. Youth Groups for 11 years and upwards.
Scramblers (3 - 5 years)
Sunday Club (up to age 11)
Tel: Parish Office 0161 483 6325
Tel: Vicarage 0161 483 8640
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