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What you can learn with us (e-guide)

 

Our latest timetable

Our autumn term courses have started

You can find an up-to-date list of our courses and enrol online at WebEnrol or call us on any of the following numbers:

For digital skills: please call 020 7974 8121, 07887 803 336 or 07775 012 709

For ESOL: If you have done ESOL with us before, please call Panchali on 020 7974 2678

If this is your first time looking for an ESOL course, please contact the Camden ESOL Advice Service directly on 020 7974 1618 or send an email to [email protected].

For family learning: please call Alison on 07876 651 950

For communities and local interests: please contact Lilu on 020 7974 1180 or send an email to [email protected]

For health and wellbeing: please contact Janice on 020 7974 4395

Contact Camden Adult Community Services or follow us on Instagram: wearecamden

Other places you can learn in Camden

Free digital skills courses for beginners

We offer a range of courses in venues across Camden which can help you to:

  • Set up an email account
  • Communicate with friends and family online
  • Create and edit documents such as CVs
  • Take and edit photos with your smartphone
  • Fill in online forms and applications
  • Shop online safely and confidently
  • And many more digital skills, too

View our course booklet here.

Many of our courses are designed for people with little or no experience with digital technology. Other courses build on your digital skills and take them further.

If you already have some beginners’ digital skills, you can also take a qualification, such as:

  • The Essential Digital Skills Qualification (EDSQ) at Entry Level or Level 1
  • Level 1 Introduction to Business and Office Administration
  • Level 2 Digital Skills for Work & Life (if you already have good digital skills but would like to learn more)

And if you’re working, looking for a job, and struggling with MS Excel, you can join our MS Excel for Work online course from your home or desk.

Call 020 7974 2148 or go to WebEnrol to enrol on a course.

You can follow us on Instagram: wearecamdenacl

Free ESOL and Maths courses

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

If you have never done ESOL classes before, or not for a long time:

Please contact the Camden ESOL Advice Service directly on 020 7974 1618 or send an email to [email protected].

If you have done ESOL with us before:

Please contact Joanna Basinga at [email protected] or call 07984 801941.

ESOL classes help you to improve your English speaking, listening, grammar, reading and writing skills.

This will help you:

  • get an English qualification that may help you find a job or a better job
  • speak to your doctor, housing officer and everyday life situations
  • make new friends in your local area
  • support your children with their school work

Maths with ESOL support

Learn essential maths skills and vocabulary to help you with everyday life.

For more information, please contact Panchali Kar at [email protected] or call 020 7974 2678.

Contact Camden Adult Community Services or follow us on Instagram: wearecamdenacl

Free family learning courses

Family Learning

Do you want to help your child with their reading, writing, and maths skills in a fun, imaginative way?

Our Family Learning team run creative courses that will help you to understand how your child learns and develops.

You will make games and resources, meet other parents and develop your own confidence. We also run childcare courses, rhyme-time sessions for younger children and babies, courses to help you to support your child to start nursery/school and courses about Early Years Education.

For more information or to find out how to enrol contact Perin on 07939 343 735 or Alison on 07876 651 950

Live storytelling with Alison

Join Alison online for live storytelling, music and activities. To take part, send Alison a text on 07876 651 950 to say you are interested. Please also give us your children's ages so the session can be designed with that in mind. She will then send you a link to the live sessions.

If you have missed any of our storytelling sessions it your child down with their favourite toy and watch them on our YouTube or Instagram pages instead.

View the documents below for fun activities that go with these stories:

  • Make a beanstalk (PDF). This is the activity sheet for 'Jasper's Beanstalk' by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
  • Make a cereal box guitar (PDF). This is the activity sheet for 'Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes' by Eric Litwin

Find out when our next live online Saturday storytelling sessions will be held for this spring term. All sessions will be held via Zoom.

Have fun with your child at home

Here are a few simple activities you can do with your child at home:

Contact Camden Adult Community Services or follow us on Instagram: wearecamdenacl

Free health and wellbeing courses

Do you need help to improve your physical and mental wellbeing?

We offer courses in tai chi, yoga, painting and drawing, craft, sewing and many more.

Health and Well Being courses help you to:

  • build confidence
  • beat isolation and loneliness
  • take a break from a busy lifestyle
  • get involved in your local community
  • gain new skills, maintain current skills or recall forgotten skills (especially for older residents)

For more information, please call Janice on 020 7974 4395

Contact Camden Adult Community Services or follow us on Instagram: wearecamdenacl

Free community learning courses

Community development and engagement

Looking to expand your knowledge and connect with like-minded individuals in your community?

This series of workshops can help you:

  • gain an understanding on topics of interest
  • support you to be an active citizen
  • volunteer in your community
  • learn new skills while looking for employment.

By participating in our programme, you'll join a vibrant network of lifelong learners who are committed to personal growth, community engagement and active citizenship. 

Our programme has a diverse range of learning opportunities that cater to a variety of interests in different settings. 

See upcoming workshops

For more information contact Lilu Dewan: ACL Community Development Programme Manager on [email protected]

Upcoming courses, opportunities and events

Free Camden Adult Community Learning Health & Wellbeing Event, Tues 1 November 2022, 10am-1pm

Camden Adult Community Learning will be hosting its free annual Health and Wellbeing event in partnership with Camden Libraries and Camley Street Natural Park.

This wonderful event is open to everyone and organisations, council teams and services with a health and wellbeing remit will provide information and interactive activities to give a taste of what’s available in Camden for adults, older residents, and families. For example:

  • activities/exhibitions in local galleries, museums
  • physical activities: organised walks, gardening, exercise, sport, mindfulness
  • health: healthy cooking/eating, weight management, health checks, oral health
  • informal learning & leisure opportunities: choirs, book clubs, chess clubs
  • opportunities to give back: volunteering, charity work, community involvement

Find out more about the Camden Adult Community Learning Health & Wellbeing Event
 

Would you like help to start up your business?

Find out how this free business course can help you start or grow your business without borrowing money or a formal business plan.

Or download this leaflet or send an email to [email protected] for more information.

Camden Apprenticeships

Want to earn while learning or training? Got ambition but need more work experience?

If you live in Camden or you went to a Camden secondary school, contact Camden Apprenticeships.

An apprenticeship allows you to earn a wage, get work experience and complete a qualification at the same time. Camden Apprenticeships creates a wide range of roles, helping people of all ages access their chosen careers. There is now no upper age limit.

See more information about apprenticeships.

ESOL Activities from the Camden & Islington ESOL Advice Service

View weekly activities to help you continue learning English at home

Domestic Abuse - Where to get help during the COVID-19 pandemic

Are you feeling threatened or unsafe in your home?  COVID-19 may have a big impact on those going through domestic abuse because of the rules.  Find out more information on where you can turn to for help.

Free eBook 'Everybody Worries' by Jon Burgerman. For children worried about coronavirus

Do you have children who are feeling worried by the coronavirus? 

'Everybody Worries' offers your child the message that this crisis will pass. We are there for them, and we will get through this together. 

Read the eBook.

Listening Works

A national independent support line for care experienced adults aged 18–27

Got something you want to talk about? Or just looking to connect with a friendly human? Their clued-up on care experience volunteers are listening.

7 days a week, 6pm to midnight.

Telephone: 0808 802 0222 / Text message: 07890 065169

Live web chat: family-action.org.uk/listening-works/

Camden Cycle Skills and Try-A-Bike

Camden Council offer free cycle skills training for all adults and children. From complete beginners to advanced cyclists.

Free children's cycling courses are held during the school holidays.  Free adult group courses for beginners and improvers are offered on many weekends. Some are away from traffic and others on quiet roads. 

Free, individual cycle skills sessions to practice safer cycling in road traffic are available for advanced levels of experience.  And anyone can join at the open-access after-school cycling sessions. These are on Mondays and Thursdays after school at Cumberland Market and Richard Cobden School.

Adults who are thinking of buying a bike but are not quite sure, can borrow a bike for four weeks. This is with Camden's free Try-A-Bike scheme.  Proof of ID and advance deposit needed.

Check camden.gov.uk/cycleskills and camden.gov.uk/tryabike for registration or more details. You can also follow Camden Cycle on Facebook at facebook.com/cyclingcamden. Or call 020 7974 1451.

Contact Camden Adult Community Services or follow us on Instagram: wearecamdenacl