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Free courses across Camden

Check our what’s on this term page for more details.

A full list of the free courses that will be on offer to you across Camden from January 2018:

Contact Camden Adult Community Community Learning on 020 7974 2148 or email us at adultlearning@camden.gov.uk


Heritage Day at Sidings Community Centre

Our partners at Sidings Community Centre held a Heritage Day event on 14th October 2017.  Please watch the video below to see coverage of the day plus a short interview with Marcia Gladwin about our Get Into Learning! Programme.


Adult Community Learning celebrate their adult learners at the British Museum

 On Friday 14 July 2017 the Adult Community Learning Service held our annual Adult Learning Celebration at the British Museum.

This event celebrates the success of adult learners and the contribution of volunteers to Camden adult community learning programmes.
By pursuing an interest, addressing a need, gaining a new skill, becoming healthier, or learning how to better support their children, many learners have accomplished great things. The volunteers consistently perform a range of vital support functions in and out of the classroom.

85 learners were nominated for Outstanding Achievement, 17 volunteers were nominated for outstanding contribution to adult learning and 25 learners, volunteers and staff were nominated for Adult Learning Champion awards. Some of the recipients had this to say on being nominated:
'Before I came on this course my daughter didn’t want to learn, she didn’t want to do anything, I was angry. So when I started the family learning course it helped a lot, for both me and my daughter. My daughter is  changing. Every day she has a pen and pencil and she tries to learn everything. I am making the learning fun.’ Safiya, family learning Course

'18 months ago I didn't even know how to turn (the computer) on. There's no pressure put on you, you explain to them what you want to learn for that period of time and they are happy to accommodate. There is a void when we have a little term break and I think I can't wait to come back. The other thing is that living on my own it puts a structure into my day, into my week and I meet people on a regular basis.' Derek Spillane, learner on computing course

'As I was a student first off I found it very rewarding for myself to be able to help other people, introducing them to computers. It gets me out of the house and it gives me great satisfaction to be helping others.' Brendan, Volunteer

'I run my own class which is the icing on the cake really because I'm helping people to enjoy reading.' Palwasha, Adult Learning Champion

'The course helped me in many ways. I feel more confident. When I first came to London I didn't speak English and now I can communicate with people. Some time ago I could not even go to the hairdresser by myself and now I have my first photo project in London. I will be photographing 2 weddings.' Anifisa, learner on English class

'Now we (my son and I) can understand each other, as before we couldn't understand each other. I didn't know anything about how a child learns but now I learn we can have fun with it (homework).'
Nasteho, learner on family learning course

The Mayor of Camden, Cllr Richard Cotton was in attendance.


150 learners attend first ever Health and Well-being event at The Living Centre

Camden adult community learning service held a health and well-being event on 28th March at The Living Centre, a new community facility in the Francis Crick Institute, providing health and wellbeing services to the St Pancras and Somers Town community and beyond.

Over 150 adult learners came along to find out about support and activities to keep themselves and their families active and healthy. They got involved in short exercise sessions, singing, art and craft, making healthy snacks for the family and were able to enjoy a gentle neck and shoulder massage! They found out about activity and fitness clubs for themselves and their children, mental health support, outdoor activities, for example, at Camley Street Natural Park, local gyms, swimming – and much more!
100% of those who came along said they’d found out about things they could do to keep active and healthy.

To find out more about the wide-ranging support and resources available at the Living Centre for local residents around all aspects of health, go to www.thelivingcentre.org



Over 300 families enjoy Festival of Maps Discovery Day at British Library

Over 300 families joined us at our Festival of Maps Family Discovery Day at the British Library on Saturday 25th February 2017.  The day was full of FREE and fabulous creative activities provided by Camden Family Learning, The October Gallery, Postal Museum, British Museum, Frank Barnes School for deaf children and many more.  Families joined in using sight, touch, sign and worked together as a family to learn about maps!

This was such a lovely event, attended by families with deaf children and deaf parents as well as hearing families, all learning and achieving together while having fun.


Parents' Role in Raising Aspiration Event

The Parents’ Role in Raising Aspiration event on 4th October at The London Irish Centre was a huge success, and had 86 parents in attendance.  There was a video presentation showing feedback from Camden parents who had taken part in family learning courses.  They shared how these courses had helped them to support their children at home with English and maths. 

There was also a very detailed presentation covering points on what a parent should look out for when finding tutors outside of school to support their children at home.  And of course there was a very inspirational talk by the amazing Professor Charles Desforges!


Adult Learning Celebration – July 2016

Adult learners and the dedicated staff and volunteers who support them were recognised at the annual Learning Celebration event at the British Museum on Friday (15 July).  Read the full story and see photos here: http://news.camden.gov.uk/adult-learners-achievements-celebrated-at-awards/


'Photography in the Park' competition winners

Camden adult community learning is pleased to present below the winning entries of the ‘Photography in the Park’ competition.  Learners from the Photography course delivered by Camden adult community learning at the Shell Centre entered the competition, which was organized in partnership with the Alexandra Road Park management group, the Tenants and Residents Association of the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate and Camden Parks. Thanks to all the partners and learners for their participation.


Making a Stand – against extremism, hatred and violence

On 15 December, Camden Adult Community Learning (in partnership with Working Men’s College) held a workshop for learners and staff as part of the Making A Stand campaign. The speaker was Sara Khan, Director and Co-founder of Inspire, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to counter extremism and gender inequality.

Sara said: “The session highlighted how extremism, whether far right or Islamist, not only threatens the future of individuals themselves, but also impacts on families, creates suspicions of each other and in some cases can inspire individuals to commit acts of terrorism which threatens our country. Participants very much benefited from the training and strategies, whether protecting children, engaging with the media, contributing to schools or organising community events to break down barriers and build bridges in order to challenge extremism.”


Camden Community Connectors – support for people aged 60+

If you are aged 60+, living in Camden and would like to join activities in your area and meet new people then Camden Community Connectors can help. 

To find out what opportunities and support are available to you in your area please call Camden Community Connectors for free on 0800 634 8474, visit www.camdencommunityconnectors.org.uk or download the flyer below:


Exceptional Volunteer Awards 2015

2015 saw Camden celebrate its 50th birthday as a borough. As part of the celebrations we wanted to acknowledge the fantastic contributions of the borough’s volunteers.  

Two of Camden Adult Community Learning Service volunteers were nominated for the Camden50 Volunteer Award. They received their certificate at the Camden50 award ceremony on 19 November 2015 at Camden Town Hall.

Javier Silvarrey

Javier completed the Volunteers Training course in October 2014.  He supported Spanish speaking families participating on the Parent Academy programme. Without Javier’s support and understanding the families would have not been able to participate in the programme. With a group of volunteers, Javier also helped develop a website for Camden ACL learners.

Diana Galloway

Diana is a talented young artist who volunteers for the BestStartforFamilies at HMP Holloway and HMP Pentonville. Diana uses her skills to focus and encourage adults and children to take part in family learning activities. She is always positive, calm and patient.


Become a Volunteer Camden Connector

If you enjoy bringing positivity and joy to people’s lives and would like to support isolated older people in being more social, becoming a Volunteer Camden Community Connector may be for you.

To find out how to become a Volunteer Camden Community Connector, please call free on 0800 634 8474, visit www.camdencommunityconnectors.org.uk or download the flyer below:


Netley Adult Community learners present their work at the Netley Exhibition and Opening

Learners at Netley Adult Learning Centre presented their work at the Netley Exhibition and Opening on Thursday 19 November.

Learners in the English, Computers for Beginners and Parent Academy classes displayed their work on the topic of ‘A Healthy Life for Us and Our Families’.  Learners from the E1 and E2 English classes also demonstrated the word games they had invented to visitors and parents at the event.


Camden Adult Community Learning Celebration, July 2015

Watch the video below to find out what learners have enjoyed about Camden Adult Community Learning courses and why you should also get involved.


Camden children’s centre staff celebrate report writing course achievement

Staff from Camden children’s centres who completed an ACL report writing course in the summer celebrated their achievements with managers and colleagues at the Crowndale Centre on 3 September 2015.


Camden adult learners display their quilts at West Hampstead Women’s Centre

Learners have been enrolled on a craft course which is part of Westminster Kingway College’s adult community learning programme.

To find out more about the college’s adult community learning courses call 020 7025 1922 or email theresa.alphonse@westking.ac.uk


ACL IT Teacher receives award at Training Link 30th Anniversary Celebration

Training Link hosted a cultural event on the evening of 8 July 2015 to celebrate their 30th anniversary. As part of the celebration, ACL IT teacher Tracey Hamilton (pictured above), received an award in recognition of her work and commitment to learners at Training Link.

"I feel very honoured to have received this award as I love to teach. I have been teaching for 12 years now and it always gives me a buzz to see people achieve. This is what makes me want to continue teaching every time."

To find out about computer courses at Training Link call 020 7974 2148 or email us at adultlearning@camden.gov.uk


Celebrating Camden’s adult learners

On 26 June, over 150 people attended the Camden Adult Community Learning awards evening at the British Museum, which celebrated the successes of adult learners and recognised the commitment of the volunteers who help make Camden’s adult learning programmes a success.

52 adult learners took home achievement awards, which were presented by Martin Pratt, Director of Children Schools and Families, and Peter Dudley, Assistant Director. 17 volunteers were presented with awards by the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Larraine Revah.

Adult Learning Champion awards were presented to 4 groups by Councillor Georgia Gould, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People, including:

  • Parents taking part in the White British Achievement Project in Kentish Town, which gives parents the skills to better support their children’s learning (pictured above)
  • ACL Service creche workers
  • A team of volunteers who have developed an easy to access learner website and mobile app so that learners can practise their skills independently between classes


ACL teacher’s Success

Kofi Amo, a computer tutor at Camden City Learning Centre, recently won a prestigious award, the South East region tutor award, as part of Adult Learners’ Week.

“My desire to share and communicate my passion for my subject is what inspired me to become a teacher. Teaching is something that gives me a special relationship with people from very diverse backgrounds. The unique connection I make with people through IT is incredibly satisfying.”

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