Courses to build life skills

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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:
0 places remaining
Status:
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 18/07/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
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:
3 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:
Fri 19/07/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
CREST (South Shields)
95 Fowler Street
South Shields
NE33 1NU
Tutor:
Hoda Darawsha
Course code:
Q00017954
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

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Multiply Essex: Money Management and Budgeting

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 24/07/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Derek Robinson
Course code:
Q00015415
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 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

Seated Yoga

Did you know yoga can help you get stronger and more flexible, no matter your age or abilities? There are yoga courses for all levels and needs. Even if you can’t take part in a standing class, this beginner’s yoga course can help you gain mobility without taking a toll on your joints. Seated yoga is perfect for you if you’d have difficulty following a regular yoga lesson. Whether you have mobility issues or chronic fatigue, this yoga course can help you reduce stiffness in your joints and learn to relax. Enjoy the practice of yoga from a chair.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 06/08/2024 -
Tue 27/08/2024
Times:
9:00am - 10:30am
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Georgia Daniel
Course code:
Q00017045
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £22.20

Money Management & Budgeting for ESOL Learners (West Sussex Multiply)

This short course is designed for learners currently studying ESOL 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. This course will take place at Southgate Avenue, Town Centre, Crawley RH10 6HG . This course is supported by the Government-funded Multiply program which means that it is free for any learner with a West Sussex postcode.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 07/08/2024 -
Wed 21/08/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue
Crawley Town Centre
Crawley
RH10 6HG
Tutor:
Gabriella Russo
Course code:
Q00016479
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Holistic Therapy: Introduction to Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils taken from plants to improve quality of life and reduce stress and anxiety. It can be used alongside traditional medicine, and this is why it is known as a complimentary medicine. This course will provide you with a solid foundation in the history, principles and practical applications of aromatherapy and has been designed to introduce you to the most commonly used essential oils: giving advice, tips, and techniques on how aromatherapy oils can be used safely at home to help enhance overall wellbeing.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 15/08/2024 -
Thu 15/08/2024
Times:
11:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Tutor:
Katie Dexter
Course code:
Q00017138
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Personal Development – Developing Community Awareness

Not sure how to access what is happening within your local communities? Then come and join this friendly course and gain more awareness of how to search and use the internet

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/08/2024 -
Tue 20/08/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
New Hope Global (Birmingham)
Birchfield Library (2nd floor)
3 Trinity Road
Birmingham
B6 6AH
Tutor:
Ekta Vishrolia
Course code:
Q00018187
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00