Courses

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.  During the Covid-19 Pandemic, our courses are still running with adaptations using learner packs and virtual teaching.   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.

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

RAW Friends – Monday 19th April to 5th July 2021.        09.30 to 12.00.

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

This is a virtual course on Zoom with workbooks and tutor led virtual sessions.

Cost

£15.00

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910

The Spirit of Volunteering  – Tuesday 29th June to Thursday 1st July 2021 – 10.00 to 15.00 every day.

This three day virtual workshop on Zoom, 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.

Cost

£20.00

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910

Mixed Media – Vintage Sea Journal – Evening Course Monday 10th May to 21st June 2021.  19.00 to 21.00.

A virtual 6 week course on Zoom in your own home.  Create and decorate a mini journal with a vintage seaside theme. Paint, collage, stamping and finished with machine or hand stitching.

Cost

£25.00 – includes all materials

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910

Decoupage and Stitch Evening Course – Birds, Bees and Butterflies –  Thursday 8th April to 13th May 2021.   19.00 to 21.00.

This 6 week virtual course will use decorated paper, fabric, sari skills and embellishments with hand or machine stitch to create beautiful, decorative pieces.

Cost

£65.00 to include all materials

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910

‘Emerging’ Self Isolation ..One Year On – A virtual home course from ASCEND     Wednesday 5th May to 9th June 2021.  19.00 to 21.00.

Due to the success of the Self Isolation Blanket project during 2020, which achieved national acclaim, we are introducing our exciting follow up group project ‘Emerging Self Isolation -One Year On’.

Mixed Media Artist Sian Fenwick and Expressive Artist Ekky Archibong are your tutors and will be leading this 6 week project, teaching mixed media techniques, supporting and guiding you through the creative process.  Each learner will be part of this group project, making an individual piece of artwork towards a bigger design which will be displayed together as a whole.

Join the course and all will be revealed!

Cost

£5.00 including all materials

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Cultural Dance – A virtual home course from ASCEND     Tuesday 20th April to Wednesday 19th May 2021.  11.00 to 12.15.

Join our fabulous tutor Sam Quy, one of the BBC Strictly Come Dancing choreographers on a five week, twice a week, virtual course in your own home.

Suitable for all, this course will improve fitness and well-being whilst having lots of fun learning new dance steps.  We have a BOGOF offer on this course for friends and family living in Hertfordshire who book at the same time.

Cost

£15.00 with BOGOF offer

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Alcohol Ink Art – A virtual home course from ASCEND     Wednesday 28th April to Wednesday 7th July 2021.  10.00 to 12.00 (with possibility of afternoon group).

A ten week virtual course in your own home.  This course looks at a variety of techniques using alcohol inks including mixing, adding fine lines with metallic inks, ink pouring, abstract free flowing art and much more.

Cost

£25.00

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Digital Photography for Beginners – A virtual home course from ASCEND     Monday 7th June to 26th July 2021.  10.30 to 12.30

This 8 week virtual course will guide you from basic photography skills to controlling your camera manually. Over the sessions you will learn basic composition techniques, what camera symbols mean and how to control your camera to create great photographs in a variety of situations.

Topics covered include everyday street photography, portraiture, capturing movement and landscapes.  Lessons are taught using a variety of fun, creative photography challenges, slides and one-to-one advice.

Requirements Essential • At least a digital compact camera , ideally a DSLR or mirrorless camera. (Or a desire to purchase a mirrorless or DSLR camera in the future)  Memory Card – at least 16gb.

Desirable • A tripod • Photo Editing software on computer or tablet computer.

Cost

£20.00

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Computers for Work – Tuesday 22nd June to Thursday 24th June 2021.  10.00 to 15.00 every day.

This 3 day virtual course, run by Business Advisor Sandra Whitehead, covers the best ways of using computers or tablets to access the internet to job search, network and increase your chances of employment.  The course will also look at social media and how recruiters use it to find candidates as well as top tips and insights into what potential employers are looking for.

Cost

£15.00

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

English Preparation –  Tuesdays and Fridays starting on Tuesday 20th April to Friday 21 May 2021.   13.00 to 15.00

This is a 10 session course running twice a week for beginners at entry level one and below.  It is designed to help students gain confidence in English skills for personal use and in the workplace.

This will be run virtually via the Zoom application, together with workbooks.

Cost

£15.00

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910

Routes to Employment – Friday 11th June to 9th July 2021 – 10.00 to 15.00.

Unemployed?  Want to Work?   Lost Confidence?

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

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

 

Cost

£20.00

To Book

Call Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours

Expressive Art for Well-being – Thursday 20th May to 1st July 2021 – 19.00 to 21.00.

Run under our Ignite and Healthy Hub programmes, this 6 week virtual programme uses a variety of  mediums to stimulate thoughts, experiences and express creativity as a response to the events of the past year.   A kit is provided but attendees are encouraged to  use their own materials too.  It is a very thought provoking course requiring a peaceful setting to fully benefit.  (Note: course will not run on 3rd June 2021.)

Cost

£15.00

To Book

Call Jane Drury on 07483 104911 during office hours to confirm your place.

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