Northampton: Neighbourhood Learning

Free learning for work and community courses:

  • learn something new in a local community venue near you
  • increase your confidence and wellbeing
  • take a next step towards employability, volunteering and joining in the community

Neighbourhood learning app

Available on Google Play, just search 'Learning Northants' or click the button below.

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A free drop-in service to help with CV writing, job searching, career opportunities and more.

​Time​Location​Contact

Tuesdays 10am to 1pm

May 1, 22

June 19

July 3, 17, 31 

Northampton Job Centre Plus

Katherine Richmond

Email: katherine.richmond@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Phone: 07841 7841 26

Tuesdays 1 to 3pm Northampton Central Library

Katherine Richmond

Email: katherine.richmond@firstforwellbeing.co.uk 

Phone: 07841 784 126

​Course​Venue​Date​Time
​Beginners IT

​Jesus Centre

Tuesday 3 January

​10am to midday for 6 weeks

​IT for Job Seekers

​Bellinge Community House

​Thursday 10 January

9:30 to 11am for 6 weeks
​Excel Spreadsheets​Jesus Centre​Thursday 14 February​10am to midday
​Beginners IT - One Step On​​Jesus Centre​Thursday 28 February​​10am to midday for 6 weeks
Register your interest

Alternatively, you can contact the venues:

Northampton Jesus Centre
Abington Square
NN1 4AE
Contact - Katherine Richmond on 0784 178 4126 or 01604 367 119

Brookside Hall
Lings Local Centre
Billing Brook Road
NN3 8AA
Contact - Hazel Johnston on 0754 066 9453

​Course​Location​Date​Time
Introduction to Customer ServiceBellinge Community House

​Thursday 28 February

9:30 to 11:30am for 6 weeks

Register your interest

Alternatively, you can contact Hazel Johnston on 0754 066 9753.

​Course​Location​Date​Time
Food Safety Level 2​Bellinge Community HouseFriday 23 November​9:30am to 4:30pm

Register your interest

Alternatively, you can contact Katherine Richmond on 0784 178 4126 or 01604 367 119.

​Course​Location​Date​Time
Manage your Money BetterBellinge Community House​Thursday 30 May​9:30 to 11:30am for 4 weeks
Register your interest

Alternatively, you can contact the venues:

Northampton Jesus Centre
Abington Square
NN1 4AE
Contact - Katherine Richmond on 0784 178 4126 or 01604 367 119

Brookside Hall
Lings Local Centre
Billing Brook Road
NN3 8AA
Contact - Hazel Johnston on 0754 066 9453

Bellinge Community House
Fieldmill Square
Bellinge
NN3 9AQ
Contact - Michelle Aveyard on 01604 411 473

​Date​Location
​Every Tuesday 1 to 3pmNorthampton Central Library

Just drop in or contact Hazel Johnston to book an appointment on 07540 669753.

Take an important step to further education or progress in your work.

Short 6 week courses

Course ​Location ​Date ​Time
Brush Up your English​Northampton Central Library​Thursday 3 January​10am to midday for 6 weeks
Brush Up your Maths​Northampton Central Library​Thursday 3 January​Midday to 2pm for 6 weeks

Following an initial six weeks 'Get Ready for Functional Skills English or Maths Course', the full course lasts a further 26 weeks. The full course leads to a City and Guilds Functional Skills Certificate.

English courses for Functional Skills Certificate (26 weeks)

​Location

Date​Time

​​Doddridge Centre, St James, Northampton

Every Thursday, starting 13 September

​6:30 to 8:30pm

​Bellinge Community House, Northampton

Every Monday, starting 19 September

9:30 to 11:30am

​Weston Favell Library, Northampton

​Every Wednesday, starting 12 September

​12:30 to 2:30pm

Maths courses

​Location

Date​Time

​​Doddridge Centre, St James, Northampton

Every ​Tuesday, starting 3 October

​6:30 to 8:30pm

​​Bellinge Community House, Northampton

Every Wednesday, starting 12 September

9:30 to 11:30am

​Weston Favell Library, Northampton

Every Friday, starting 14 September

10am to midday

If you are interested, please email englishandmaths@firstforwellbeing.co.uk or call 01604 367 119.​ ​

Important

Functional skills courses are free for adults aged 19 and over, who have:

  • lived in UK/EU for 3 years or more
  • not previously achieved GCSE grade 4 / C or above 

Please note:

  • These courses are not suitable for people with a low level of spoken English as a second language (ESOL)
  • These are not GCSE courses. You will need to contact your local college if you are interested in GCSE courses  
  • Where else can I learn English? (PDF 413MB)

We’ll try to help you find ways to take your new skills and enthusiasm further for more learning, volunteering and towards employment.  Some of our courses can lead onto a nationally recognised AIM qualification.

Next steps

Our partners range from housing associations and town councils to libraries and from the Job Centre Plus to centres for disabled and elderly people.

 

 

Neighbourhood Learning courses are great because they are relevant to what local residents want and need'.

- Ifty Choudary, Brookside Hall Community Association Chair

Our current partners in Northampton include:

  • Bellinge Community House, Billing Mead Square
  • Brookside Hall Community Association, The Brookside Hall, Lings Local Centre, Billing Brookside Road
  • Northampton Jesus Centre, Abington Square
  • Northampton Partnership Homes, The Guildhall, St Giles Square
  • The Good Loaf, First Floor, 1-9 Overstone Road
  • Eve Women's Refuge
  • Spectrum Northants Limited, Berrywood Road, Duston
  • The Hope Centre, 35-37 Campbell Street
  • Deaf Connect, The Spencer Dallington Community Centre, Tintern Avenue

Through discussion with your local curriculum co-ordinator we can help your clients and users to progress towards employability, volunteering and independent living in the community.

We welcome enquiries from local organisations in our towns who would like to know more about how we can work together. You can find out more about offering a Neighbourhood Learning course through your organisation as a partner by contacting your local curriculum co-ordinator:

Hazel JohnstonHazel Johnston

07540 669753

 

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The adult learning service offers a range of course including: arts, beauty therapy, sport, languages and information technology.

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