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

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​Day and time​Location​Contact
Tuesdays 1 to 3pm Northampton Central Library

Hazel Johnston

Email: hazel.johnston@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Phone: 07540 669 753

​Course​Venue​Date​Time
​Beginners IT

​Jesus Centre

Thursday 2 May

​10am to midday for 5 weeks

​IT Basics for Job Seekers

​Bellinge Community House

​Tuesday 4 June

9:30am to 11am for 6 weeks
​Beginners IT - One Step On

Jesus Centre

Thursday 6 June

10am to midday for 6 weeks

Spreadsheets Introduction

Bellinge Community House

Tuesday 2 July

​​9:30am to 11:30am for 3 weeks
Online Safety Workshop​Jesus Centre​Thursday 18 July​10am to midday
​Social Media Can Make Me Miserable​Gladstone Road Resource Centre​Thursday 16 May​10:30am to 12:30pm for 2 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
Shy People Can Be Assertive!Gladstone Road Resource Centre

Thursday 25 April

10:30am to 12:30pm for 3 weeks
Back to Work Course​The Good Loaf Artisan Bakery and Cafe​Wednesday 26 April​10:30am to 2:30pm for 5 weeks
​​Back to Work Course​​The Good Loaf Artisan Bakery and Cafe​Friday 14 June​10:30am to 2:30pm for 5 weeks
​Workplace Skills​Re:store Northampton​Thursday 18 July​12:30 to 2:30pm for 1 week

Register your interest

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

​Course​Location​Date​Time
Food Safety in Catering Level 2Northampton Bangladeshi Association

Monday 10 June

9:30am to 4:30pm

Register your interest

Alternatively, you can contact Hazel Johnston 07540 669 753 or the admin team 01604 367 119.

​Course​Location​Date​Time
​Introduction to Mindfulness​Jesus Centre​Thursday 6 June​10am to midday
Henna CandlesDOSTIYOWednesday 24 April12:30pm to 2:30pm for 2 weeks
​Improve your Confidence and Self Esteem​Re:store Northampton​Tuesday 30 April​12:30pm to 2:30pm
​Healthy Eating on a Budget​The Bridge (members only)​Wednesday 1 May

​10:30am to 12:30pm

​Healthy Eating on a Budget

​The Bridge (members only)

​Thursday 13 June​10:30am to 12:30pm
​Healthy Eating Workshop​Emmanuel Church Rooms​Thursday 2 May10am to midday
​Healthy Eating on a Budget​Brookside Hall​Friday 10 May​10am to midday for 4 weeks
​Healthy Eating on a Budget​Jesus Centre​Friday 7 June​10am to midday for 6 weeks
​Summer Crafts for Wellbeing​The Good Loaf Artisan Bakery and Cafe​Tuesday 14 May​Midday to 2pm for 2 weeks
​​Summer Crafts for Wellbeing (over 50s)​Delapre Community Rooms​Thursday 16 May​11am to 1pm
​​Summer Crafts for Wellbeing (over 50s)​Cardigan Close Community Rooms​Tuesday 21 May​11:15am to 1pm
​​Summer Crafts for Wellbeing (over 50s)​Cardigan Close Community Rooms​Tuesday 11 June​11:15am to 1:45pm
​Summer Workshop - Upcycling Clothes​​The Good Loaf Artisan Bakery and Cafe​Tuesday 4 June​10am to 2pm
​Summer Workshop - Summer Bunting (women only)​Weston Favell Parish Hall​Friday 5 July​Midday to 2pm
​Wellbeing and Crafts (members only)​Gladstone Road Resource Centre​Tuesday 11 June​10:30am to 12:30pm for 4 weeks
Register your interest

Alternatively, you can contact the venues:

Northampton Jesus Centre
Abington Square
NN1 4AE
Contact - Hazel Johnston on 0754 066 9453 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 - Pauline Woodhouse 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.

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Short 6 week courses

If you are interested in a short course for English or Maths, please email englishandmaths@northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 01604 367 119.

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@northamptonshire.gov.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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