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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Baking on a Budget

"Baking on a Budget” is an 11-hour course meticulously created to equip participants with essential baking skills while maximizing affordability. Participants will master the art of creating delightful baked goods using cost-effective ingredients and simple techniques. The curriculum covers fundamental baking principles, including ingredient substitutions, portion management, and efficient kitchen organisation, ensuring optimal resource utilisation. Through hands-on demonstrations and practical exercises, students will learn to prepare a variety of treats, such as cookies, cupcakes, and brownies, perfect for school fair stalls. By course end, participants will possess the expertise and confidence to bake for school events and friends without exceeding budget constraints.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 27/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Mount Pleasant School (Southampton)
Mount Pleasant Road
Newtown
Southampton
SO14 0WZ
Tutor:
Debbie Woodward
Course code:
Q00014126
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Makaton

Ever heard of Makaton? It's a unique language programme, and over 100,000 people are using it to communicate in the UK today. It combines symbols, signs, and speech to make conversation easier for people who have communication difficulties. This Makaton course is ideal for you if you want to learn an inclusive communication tool. It can help you interact with people who have speech, hearing, or learning difficulties. This Makaton sign language course covers the essentials of hand signals, fingerspelling, and signing. Learn to introduce yourself. Develop knowledge to be able to sign about basic topics such as numbers and colours.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 27/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Heart on the Terrace
8 Woods Terrace
Murton
North East
SR7 9AA
Tutor:
Maria Hambley
Course code:
Q00016008
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Seated Yoga

Seated Yoga allows you to enjoy the health benefits of yoga whilst staying seated in a chair. Seated Yoga is both a fun and relaxing activity that will support your physical and mental well-being. These weekly online sessions will help improve overall fitness and improve your strength, flexibility and mobility. All practices are adapted to meet your individual needs. We will focus on improving your awareness of your breathing as you move, creating a calming flow of movement. Each session ends with a guided relaxation practice helping you to ease symptoms of stress and tension.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 27/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Nicola Bailey
Course code:
Q00016414
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £22.20

Money management and budgeting for ESOL learners at Under 1 Roof

This short course is designed for ESOL learners who want to learn more about the language and skills that will help you manage your money, make good shopping decisions, and understand budgeting. The course will look at the principles of managing money in everyday situations like comparing prices on the high street, working out the best deal for transport to get to work or learning, or the cost of cooking a meal.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 28/06/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Under1Roof (Norwich)
100-102 Westwick Street
Norwich
NR2 4SZ
Tutor:
Nicky Turner
Course code:
Q00015355
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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12 months
Fee:
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Multiply Essex: Money management & budgeting at Colchester Library

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:
Wed 03/07/2024 -
Wed 03/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Colchester Library
Trinity Square
Colchester
CO1 1JB
Tutor:
Derek Robinson
Course code:
Q00015413
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Budgeting Basics for Purfleet Trust (Multiply Norfolk)

This course will help you develop a healthy relationship with money. It will help get your money sorted and make sure you’re getting the best deals. Our course can help you plan your money, stick to your budget and find better ways to make savings. This course is designed to support individuals with using numeracy skills to manage their money. Learners will gain support in becoming more confident using basic everyday maths skills and learn how to budget within their means for example you will learn how to create affordable meals within your own budget. You’ll get practical budgeting tips you can apply in the kitchen and spotting a bargain when shopping and how to get the best value deals and offers to make your money stretch further.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 04/07/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Purfleet Pantry
Southgates Roundabout
King's Lynn
PE30 5SX
Tutor:
Laura Howsen
Course code:
Q00015318
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Budget Planning & Saving on Bills

Effective budget planning can make you feel like you’ve had a pay rise. Organising your personal budget and understanding your outgoings is the first step towards healthy financial well-being. And the good news is - budgeting is a skill anyone can learn. This budgeting course is right for you if you want to improve your financial well-being. Whether you’re trying to cope with the cost of living crisis or just want to plan your finances better, this course can help you. You do not need advanced maths skills to take this course. It is appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/07/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Brinkburn CIO
Off Harton Lane
South Shields
NE34 0PP
Tutor:
Kathleen Scott
Course code:
Q00012953
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Ways to Wellbeing: Introduction to Advanced Gua Sha

Discover the wonderful world of Introduction to Advanced Gua Sha course. It will help you to develop basic knowledge and skills in Gua Sha. Whether you have studied basic Gua Sha before or you are completely new to it, You will find value in this beneficial course. Develop your facial massage technique that has several benefits for the face. The benefits include: · Improving the absorption of skincare products · Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles · Deep cleansing pores · Blood circulation · Exfoliation You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your wellbeing journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/07/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Lisa Richards
Course code:
Q00014636
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.75

Entry Level English: Get Ready for Functional Skills English (Entry 3)

Set yourself up for success at learning English with this Getting Ready for Functional Skills Entry 3 English preparation course. Get an English qualification to help you access a variety of work and study options. Functional skills courses in English teach you to read, write, and communicate confidently in English. Functional skills English isn’t like learning English at school. This is an English course for adults created by adults. Develop practical English skills by learning language in context.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/07/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
9:15am - 11:15am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ekta Vishrolia
Course code:
Q00015506
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Food Hygiene

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:
Tue 09/07/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Wesley Hall Community Centre (Leicester)
76 Hartington Road
Leicester
LE2 0GN
Tutor:
Jamila Mohammed Khanbhai
Course code:
Q00014095
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40