Courses to build life skills

Learn life skills with the largest charitable provider of adult education in England and Scotland. Adult learning isn’t like school. Everyone belongs at the WEA. You’ll get meaningful, and tailored support, so you can reach your full potential. Our classes are friendly and fun, designed for adults like you. We won’t talk down to you and you’ll learn skills that you’ll use in everyday life.

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What are life skills?

Simply put, they are skills that make everyday life easier. Life skills include cooking, budgeting, communicating with others, health, well-being and managing emotions. Sometimes this means learning new things, and sometimes it means building on things you already know.

Sometimes adulting can be hard. These courses can help make it feel just that bit easier, make you feel more independent and empower you to face the future ahead.

Small steps to larger goals

You don’t have to have big goals in mind. Just take small steps towards boosting your skills and improving your wellbeing. Whether it is learning to budget better or cook healthier food. Building your confidence or gaining independence. There is a course for you.

When you study with us, you will:

  • Build your confidence
  • Learn new life skills
  • Improve your everyday life and wellbeing

Take a look at our great range of courses and start making a positive change today.

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Hygiene in the Kitchen

Hygiene is so important in food preparation. If caterers, chefs and wait staff are not adequately trained they can present huge health risks to the community. If you help out in a community or voluntary role, you may need to work with food. Understanding the safe handling of food is key to preventing infections and ensuring proper hygiene. Food safety courses are useful if you do any kind of charity or voluntary work that involves handling food. Whether you help prepare lunches at a community centre or collaborate with a food bank, this knowledge can help you ensure hygiene measures are followed.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/07/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Landport Community Centre (Portsmouth)
Charles Street
Portsmouth
PO1 1JD
Tutor:
Debbie Woodward
Course code:
Q00016023
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Multiply Essex: Money management & budgeting with Reed in Partnership

Whether it’s budgeting or managing your bank account, this course will help you plan your way around personal and family finances, teaching you how to calculate and manage money. The focus is on giving you practical skills and knowledge in numbers to help you manage your money better. You'll learn ways to take charge of your finances, easing the impact of growing living costs. Enrol on our course to gain skills and tools for better financial management.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/07/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Reed in Partnership
10tth Floor
Maitland House
Warrior Street
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 2JY
Tutor:
Derek Robinson
Course code:
Q00017109
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Cooking on a Budget (Multiply West Sussex)

*Please note that this isa course exclusively for residents living in a West Sussex postcode area - please do not apply if you do not live in West Sussex. Thanks for your understanding.* We will be cooking together in real time, making a variety of dishes, with advice and ideas on how to change the quantities to suit the number of people you are cooking for. We will look at ways of cooking and baking for one or two, or enough for a party. We shall be measuring ingredients and there will be time to find out about all the different ways measurements are written in recipes, so you can cook with confidence. Recipes will be put on Canvas before the course begins, so you can go shopping if you are going to cook along with me. All questions are welcome during the session, novice cooks are welcome along with those who have more experience and we will share ideas. Outcome: Double and halve the quantities in a recipe using metric and imperial measures while cooking a variety of dishes.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/07/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00015979
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Personal Development: Confidence Skills- Seasons

This course will guide the students and lead them into exploring different topics relating to the subject of the four seasons. The group will participate in activities and art work that illustrate those themes. The students will be involved in different activities to encourage increased knowledge about the subjects. The tasks will be supported by discussions and the sharing of views. The workshop will also develop art skills and foster good social skills. The culmination of the workshop will be to produce practical tasks that illustrate the various themes covered.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/07/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Moorland Community Centre (Lincoln)
Moorland Avenue
Lincoln
LN6 7NH
Tutor:
Sally Darlow
Course code:
Q00014539
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80

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Multiply Essex: Sourcing and cooking a budgeted meal at Beacon House

Multiply Essex: Personal budgeting skills at Beacon House. You will be able to identify approximate monthly income and outgoings, know how to develop a basic monthly budget – scale down to a week and up to a year and identify how to reduce outgoings – how to make savings.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 31/07/2024 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Beacon House
24 Crouch Street
Colchester
CO3 3ES
Tutor:
Emma Paramor
Course code:
Q00017141
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free



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Maths Online Self Study Course (Multiply Norfolk)

This course is for residents of Norfolk only- Please only apply for this course if you live in the County of Norfolk. Do you lack confidence with numbers? On this self-study course, you will use the WEA's fun, engaging, interactive multimedia resources to help grow your confidence with maths. You can learn at your own pace, at a time that suits you and take as long as you need to complete the course. From working out your household budget, to helping your kids with their school work, there is a module for you. From time to time, one of our friendly Numeracy Coaches will check in with you to provide any support that you need.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 01/08/2023 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
Q00011222
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Multiply: Maths Online (North Somerset)

Learn at your own pace in your own time, with or without the support of our Numeracy Champions and improve your number skills at home, work and in daily life. You use numbers every day, from working your household budget to helping the kids with their homework. Every time you do the weekly shop or trying to keep up with the cost-of-living crisis, you’re using maths skills. *Please note you can access this course at a time that suits you as many times as you like ! This Course is for learners based in north Somerset only.* The tutor will be running drop in support sessions twice a week on a Monday and Wednesday from 13th November to the 27th March at North Somerset training hub.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 13/11/2023 -
Sun 31/03/2024
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Course code:
Q00012643
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

WECA Multiply Online

Learn at your own pace in your own time, with or without the support of our Numeracy Champions and improve your number skills at home, work and in daily life. You use numbers every day, from working your household budget to helping the kids with their homework. Every time you do the weekly shop or trying to keep up with the cost-of-living crisis, you’re using maths skills. If you'd like further information, or need help with booking please email: [email protected] *Please note you can access this course at a time that suits you as many times as you like! Sessions below are indicative only

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 04/12/2023 -
Sun 31/03/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
Q00012757
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Multiply - Number Confidence: Online Learning (West Sussex)

Learn at your own pace in your own time, with or without the support of our Numeracy Champions and improve your number skills at home, work and in daily life. You use numbers every day, from working your household budget to helping the kids with their homework. Every time you do the weekly shop or trying to keep up with the cost-of-living crisis, you’re using maths skills. If you'd like further information, or need help with booking please email: [email protected] *Please note you can access this course at a time that suits you as many times as you like! Sessions below are indicative only

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/01/2024 -
Wed 25/12/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
Q00013792
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Maths Multiply Online

Multiply Online is your gateway to mathematical empowerment for financial literacy. Delve into essential topics including budgeting, understanding topics used for functional skills, school curriculum math support, credit comprehension, and maximizing financial resources. Key Topics: Budgeting money effectively Preparing for functional skills qualification(FS) Supporting children's math education Understanding credit and finance Optimising financial decisions Benefits: Practical math skills for everyday life Confidence in managing personal finances Empowerment to make informed financial decisions Enhanced support for children's math learning Increase your confidence with maths. Format: Engaging online modules, interactive exercises, and real-life application scenarios. Duration: Self-paced for flexibility! The course material is available online and accessible via smartphone, tablet, or computer. Additionally, there will be weekly face-to-face sessions to provide support for accessing the learning. Your numeracy coach will also maintain regular contact to support you throughout the course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Wed 25/09/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
26 sessions
Location:
St Pauls Learning Centre (Bristol)
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 8XJ
Tutor:
Kasia Wakeling
Course code:
Q00015390
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free