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We offer a wide variety of both non-vocational and accredited courses designed to build self-esteem and skills as well as to gain nationally recognised qualifications.  At the present time, we are running a mixture of face to face and virtual courses with adaptations including social distancing and learner packs.   For more information please ring Jane Ross on 07483 104910.

Courses normally begin in September, January and April although short courses and workshops are available year round.  All courses are available to Hertfordshire residents, and some are available to those living in other parts of the UK.

We have a high demand for all our courses, which are offered on a first come, first served basis.   In order to guarantee a place, an enrolment form must be completed, along with full payment.  As places are limited on each course, we operate a waiting list if a course is fully booked.

List of Courses

English Reading and Writing (RAW Friends) – Monday 13th September to 22nd November 2021.        09.30 to 12.00 every Monday.

A 10 week course in a supportive, friendly atmosphere for adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills.

Being held at All Saints Church, Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey WD19 7AX.

Cost

£15.00

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

English Preparation – Friday 24th September to 3rd December 2021.        10.30 to 12.30 every Friday.

This 10 week course is designed to help students gain confidence in reading and writing skills for personal use and in the workplace.

Particularly suitable for those who are working towards a Functional Skills course but are not yet ready to sit the exam.

Being held at All Saints Church, Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey WD19 7AX.

Cost

£15.00

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – Mondays and Thursdays from 1st November to 6th December 2021.   09.30 to 11.30 every Monday and Thursday (except 29th November).

This 10 session course is designed to help students gain confidence and to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.

Being held at Woodhall School,  Woodhall Lane, South Oxhey WD19  6QX

Cost

£15.00

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

Paediatric First Aid – Saturday 23rd and 30th October  2021.   9am to 4pm both days.

This 2 day Ofsted compliant course covers:  Recovery Position, CPR, Major Bleeding, Choking, Understanding Meningitis/ Septicaemia, Burns, Head Injuries.

The course must be fully attended to attain the qualification.

Being held at Little Furze Pre-school, Oxhey Wood School, Northwick Road, South Oxhey WD19 6NL.

Cost

£65.00

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

Computing for Beginners – Tuesday 2nd November to 21st December  2021.        10.00 to 12.00 noon every Tuesday except half term week.

This 8 week course is for complete beginners and covers the basics of how to use a computer and its key software.

Being held at ASCEND Step Up, 39 Oxhey Drive, South Oxhey WD19 7SD.

Cost

£15.00

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

Microsoft Office Basics – Tuesday 2nd November to 21st December  2021.    13.00 to 15.00 every Tuesday except half term week.

This 8 week course is for those familiar with a computer and who would like to learn more about the Microsoft Office software.

Being held at ASCEND Step Up, 39 Oxhey Drive, South Oxhey WD19 7SD.

Cost

£15.00

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

The Spirit of Volunteering  – Wednesday 6th October to Friday 8th October 2021 – 10.00 to 15.00 every day.

This three day workshop, will look at why volunteers are important in society, what skills and talents a volunteer can bring to a community organisation, the qualities of a superstar volunteer and benefits of volunteering.  It also includes the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Being held at Watford Rural Parish Council Hall, Oxhey Drive, South Oxhey WD19 7SD

Cost

£20.00

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

Routes to Employment  – Friday 12th November to 10th December 2021 – 10.00 to 15.00 every Friday.

This unique 5 day ASCEND programme will help you increase your work ready skills.  Topics include:-

  • Valuing your skills and life experiences
  • Communicating with different people
  • Money management
  • Keeping safe at work
  • Success with handling interviews
  • Developing your personal brand

Being held at ASCEND Step Up, 39 Oxhey Drive, South Oxhey, WD19 7AX.

Cost

£10.00

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

Business Awareness  – A virtual home course from ASCEND   Friday 15th October to 10th December 2021 – 10.00 to 13.00 every Friday.

This 8 week course will help you to make informed choices about setting up a business, developing an action plan for employment, using social media for marketing& personal branding and well-being strategies for success.

A virtual course on Zoom.

Cost

£10.00

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

Art Journaling –  A virtual home course from ASCEND. Tuesday 2nd November to 7th December 2021.  10.00 to 12.00 every Tuesday.

Using objects found around the home together with primers, gesso, wax and paints, you will create different textures and finishes for your Art Journal. You will also have the opportunity to try out a variety of collage and mixed media techniques.

A virtual course on Zoom.

Cost

£35.00 – includes all materials

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

Mandala – Intermediate+ – A virtual home evening course from ASCEND.   Thursday 23rd September to 2nd December 2021.   19.00 to 21.00 every Thursday.

This course combines Mandala painting with the free form painting of a peacock.   You will learn advanced techniques including the use of gem stones, how to create 3D effects and the best use of colour combinations.

A virtual course on Zoom.

Cost

£35.00 to include all materials

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

Jewellery for Beginners –  Thursday 14th October to 9th December 2021.   10.00 to 13.00 every Thursday.

This 8 week course, will teach you various jewellery making techniques and skills from    working with beads, polymer clay and fabrics to make earrings, pendants, necklaces and     hair accessories.

Course being held at ASCEND, All Saints` Church, Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey WD19 7AX.

Cost

£25.00 including materials

To Book

Call Jane during office hours on 07483 104910

Stitchity Snippets – A Virtual Home Course from ASCEND.  Monday 4th October to 15th November 2021.  10.00 to 12.30.

Create vintage inspired decoupaged surfaces on tags, coasters and playing cards. The decorated snippets can be stitched and added to journals, greeting cards, or put in a frame.

A virtual course on Zoom.

Cost

£25.00 including materials

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Mixed Media Harvest Hoop – A virtual evening home course from ASCEND     Wednesday 13th October to  24th November 2021.  19.00 to 21.30.

Create a wonky scarecrow surrounded by a crop of veggies and berries.  All hand stitched and embellished with mixed media to give lots of texture on an embroidery hoop.

A virtual course via Zoom.

Cost

£25.00 including materials

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Photography – Intermediate – A virtual home course from ASCEND     Tuesday 5 October to 16 November 2021.  10.00 to 12.30 every Tuesday.

This 6 week course will concentrate on useful editing tips and in-depth camera settings to enhance your photography skills.   You will also learn how to create a story using your photos and have the opportunity to create your very own series of printed photographs.

You will need a DSLR, a mirrorless camera or bridge camera with the ability to manually control it.

Cost

£25.00

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

A Stitch in Time – Knitting and Crochet Group    Monday 20th September to 29th November 2021.  13.00 to 15.00 every Monday.

This friendly group meets weekly to support one another with knitting and crocheting projects.  It’s all about making new friends, learning new stitches and swapping creative ideas.  Bring along your own projects.  Wool is available to purchase at ASCEND.

Being held at 39 Oxhey Drive, South Oxhey WD19 7SD.

Cost

£2.50 per session

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Creative Writing Group  Thursday 23 September to 2 December 2021.  13.00 to 15.00 every Thursday.

This friendly group meets weekly to support one another with writing memoires, poetry, themed stories, play writing and much more. It’s all about making new friends, positive group feedback and having fun too.

Being held at ASCEND Step Up, 39 Oxhey Drive, South Oxhey WD19 7SD.

Cost

£2.50 per session

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Art – Painting and Drawing – Monday 12 September to 22 November 2021.  13.00 to 15.00 every Monday.

This 10 week course will give you the opportunity to try different art mediums with the support of an experienced tutor.  All abilities welcome including beginners.   Art materials will be supplied.

Being held at All Saints’ Church Centre, Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey  WD19 7AX.

Cost

£70.00 including art materials

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Mixed Media – Wings of Curiosity- A virtual home course from ASCEND     Monday 1 November to 6 December 2021.  19.00 to 21.00 every Monday.

This 6 week course will support you to create a beautiful wall hanging by filling a cabinet printers tray with found treasures, stitched mixed media tokens, decoupage and mementos all with a flying theme.  A virtual course via Zoom, and can be attended by both those living within and outside Hertfordshire.

Cost

£65.00 including all materials.  Postage costs extra tbc.

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Mixed Media – Harvest Hoop – A virtual home course from ASCEND     Wednesday 10 November to 15 December 2021.  19.00 to 21.00 every Wednesday.

This 6 week course will support you to create a wonky scarecrow surrounded by a crop of veggies and berries.  Hand stitched and embellished with mixed media to give lots of texture on an embroidery hoop.  A virtual course via Zoom, and can be attended by both those living within and outside Hertfordshire.

Cost

£65.00 including all materials.  Postage costs extra tbc.

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Decoupage – Stitchity Snippets – A virtual home course from ASCEND     Monday 10 January to 14 February 2022.  19.00 to 21.00 every Monday.

This 6 week course will support you to create vintage inspired decoupage surfaces on tags, coasters and playing cards. The decorated snippets can be stitched, and added to journals, greetings cards or put in a frame.  A virtual course via Zoom, and can be attended by both those living within and outside Hertfordshire.

Cost

£65.00 including all materials.  Postage costs extra tbc.

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

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