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  • Art: Beautiful Birds Art Workshop NEWThis course is for anyone who wishes to try their hand at painting or drawing a colourful bird and their plumage. We will explore a different way of capturing a species using different papers, colours and medium. Your work is not likely to exceed A4 in size and will be dry enough to take home with you. Your tutor will supply most materials with exception of a board (to rest the paper when you work on it) and your paint brushes and pencil/pen. You are most welcome to bring your own materials eg paper, paints etc, and a list of items can be provided on request. This workshop is relaxed, informal and supportive.
  • Art: Beautiful Bugs Art Workshop NEWThis course is for anyone who wishes to try their hand at painting or drawing an image of an insect or mollusc. We will explore a different way of capturing a species using different papers, colours and medium. Your work is not likely to exceed A4 in size and will be dry enough to take home with you. Your tutor will supply most materials with exception of a board (to rest the paper when you work on it) and your paint brushes and pencil/pen. You are most welcome to bring your own materials eg paper, paints etc, and a list of items can be provided on request. This workshop is relaxed, informal and supportive.
  • Art: Painting and Drawing Birds and Butterflies NEWThis course is for anyone who wishes to try their hand at painting or drawing an image of a bird or butterfly. Each week we will explore a different way of capturing a species of bird or butterfly using different papers, colours and medium. Your work is not likely to exceed A4 in size and will be dry enough to take home with you. Your tutor will supply materials with exception of a board (to rest the paper when you work on it) and your paint brushes and pencils. You are most welcome to bring your own materials eg paper, paints etc, and a list of items needed for each week will be provided. This course is relaxed, informal and supportive.
  • Art: Portrait Painting in OilsThis course aims to guide students through the steps required to paint a realistic portrait in oils from photographic reference material. Students are welcome to use their own photographs (must be A4 and good quality) or use ones provided by the tutor. Each session will involve a demonstration of an aspect of portrait painting followed by time for the students to practice what they have seen with one to one guidance from the tutor. The specific needs of each student will be taken into consideration and the course adapted accordingly to ensure everyone achieves their goals.
  • Art: Water, Boats and Buildings in WatercolourWhen painting local landscapes we often need to include water, boats and buildings. It is important to paint them effectively, creating the correct atmosphere and mood for the scene. Each of these subjects can prove troublesome. In this workshop your tutor will share his techniques creating a beautiful Cambridgeshire landscape. Your tutor will provide a colour reference and simplified drawing of the subject.
  • Art: Watercolour Landscapes - BeginnersThis course is for beginners and those wishing to return to art after a long absence. This course will focus on painting and drawing with pencil. You will be taught all the basic techniques during the first term, together with an appreciation of the value of tone, colour and composition. This will be more than enough to get you painting in watercolours. Topics will be explained clearly and subjects covered will be mainly landscapes, working from photographs.
  • British Sign Language - An IntroductionThis course may be available for £20, subject to confirmation of funding. Eligibility criteria will apply. Contact us to find out more. Absolute beginners are invited to join us to learn the basics of British Sign Language. Immerse yourself in this interactive course, which will provide you with the skills and confidence to communicate with those who have deafness or hearing loss. You will learn a multitude of signs - topics which include: finger spelling, family, emotions, numbers, colours and much more. You will be taught to understand facial expressions, hand shapes and tips for fluency, all of which lead you to communicate using British Sign Language.
  • Cake Decorating with Sugar Flowers, Cake Lace and Brush EmbroideryYou will learn all the icing and decorating techniques to produce a perfectly smooth marzipan and fondant covered fruit cake base, with an iced and ribboned base board for a professional finish to your cake. Then you will learn everything you need to make beautiful sugar flowers teamed up with delicate brush embroidery and cake lace for a truly lovely cake, perfect for any occasion. At week one you will prepare and marzipan your fruit cake, cover it with fondant and ice and ribbon your cake drum (board). At week two you will learn how to make cake lace and royal icing and use brush embroidery and cake lace on your cake. At week three you will learn to make rose buds and leaves for your cake, and at week four you will learn to make blossoms, petunias and other flowers and wire them together to create sprigs to complete your cake decoration.
  • Calligraphy: Introduction to CalligraphyThis workshop is an introduction to traditional calligraphy: You will learn to write with an edged nib, in two traditional calligraphic styles (Gothic script and Lombardic Versals - the latter is a form of decorative capital letter). You will use some colour, and use your new skills to make a small concertina booklet, which can be used as a greeting card or as an unusual way of recording a favourite quotation. Please note this is NOT a 'Modern Calligraphy' workshop.
  • Communication Skills for Work and Life NEWFREE places are available on this course, subject to confirmation of funding. Eligibility criteria will apply,please contact us to find out more. Learn to communicate effectively and fairly in everyday situations (work and home). We will explore the difference between assertion and aggression, and look at techniques such as defining "trigger" situations to help with saying "no", responding to criticism and being put on the spot. Role play will fast track you to success.
  • Cookery: Chocoholics WorkshopYou will understand how to use chocolate in a variety of ways to produce high quality products such as demon truffles and luscious brownies and cookies. We shall also look at the different types of chocolate available and their uses, with the addition of heat or chilling and how these techniques can be used in everyday and luxury chocolate items.
  • Cookery: Indian Takeaway'Indian Takeaway' is a favourite for many families. This is an excellent opportunity for Indian food lovers to come and learn how to make proper curries using herbs and spices to bring out those authentic but subtle 'home-cooked' flavours. You will realise how healthy and economical preparing your favourite takeaway dishes at home really is! Each week you will prepare two dishes to take home and enjoy. Recipes can be adapted for vegetarian, vegan and special diets, please enquire when booking.
  • Cookery: Indian Vegetarian DelightsThis workshop offers you the opportunity to discover that vegetarian Indian cookery is fun, tasty and economical with distinct blends of herbs, spices and lentils. We will very confidently prepare a set menu after a demonstration, using herbs and spices. You will finish with a selection of popular dishes to share with family and friends.
  • Cookery: Let's Get Cooking - Budget Cookery for Beginners NEWFREE places are available on this course, subject to confirmation of funding. Eligibility criteria will apply, please contact us to find out more. Learners will be given the information and skills needed to feed their family on a budget. They will acquire the practical skills to be able to produce tasty, healthy and cheap meals.
  • Cookery: Let's Get Cooking Italian NEWWe shall be making some traditionally Italian sweet and savoury dishes that can be served as an everyday meal or for a special occasion.
  • Cookery: Let's Get Cooking Vegetarian NEWThis course will allow the learner to become more confident in producing nutritious and tasty vegetarian dishes, from everyday meals to meals that could also be used for special occasions. It will also allow the learner to understand the specific dietary needs of a vegetarian and how these can be met through a balanced diet.
  • Counselling - An IntroductionThis course may be available for £20, subject to confirmation of funding. Eligibility criteria will apply. Contact us to find out more. This course provides a general introduction to counselling. You will gain a basic understanding of counselling skills to help other people and will deepen your understanding of the emotional needs of yourself and others. You will also learn about basic interpersonal and counselling skills which are transferable to a range of voluntary and paid opportunities in the health, social care, justice and other sectors. The course covers the difference between counselling and other helping relationships, the use of helping skills, and a general introduction to counselling theory. A certificate of attendance will be issued on successful completion of the course.
  • Craft: Crochet BeginnersThe course dates are 11, 18 October and 1, 8 November (half term break 25 October). This course is for absolute beginners. We will cover crochet basics; hooks, different types of yarn – thickness and materials, how to hold your hook and yarn, tension and gauge. We will then cover the practical skills of starting to crochet in foundation chains and into a ring. We will cover all the basic stitches, changing colours, how to increase and decrease stitches. This course is suitable for left or right-handed crocheters.
  • Craft: Knitting Beginners NEWThis course is for absolute beginners as well as improvers who might have tried to master the basics but got stuck along the way! You will learn how to hold needles, cast on and knit and purl - which are the basic stitches for all knitting as well as how to cast off. We will be creating knitted squares to allow us to practise the stitches learnt, understand how stitch patterns are created and how to increase and decrease.
  • Craft: Mindful Slow Stitching WorkshopSlow stitching is a new term given to hand embroidery. It combines a variety of embroidery stitches on recycled surfaces following no pattern, its mindfulness method of creating for pure pleasure makes it the new form of meditation. This will be an introduction to selecting and combining materials, and using a selection of stitches to enhance the surface of a sampler piece. Learners will be taught basic running stitch, chain stitch and blanket stitch in the first instance and for those that wish to expand their knowledge, French and bullion knot, fly and feather stitch. This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners alike.
  • Creative Writing - BeginnersThe course is designed to cultivate and develop an ability to write within a number of creative forms. We will evaluate various types of literary works in order to identify, evaluate and measure the merits of creative writing so as to develop and demonstrate a growing ability within our own creative work. We will compare and contrast the works of writers in different genres of creative literature to help to develop a broad appreciation of literary form and style. Additionally, we will look at basic form and structure within poetry, short stories, novels and screenplays so as to better inform our own work. We will each produce several pieces of creative work throughout the duration of the course. These creative pieces will include a poem, short story, synopsis for a novel and one full scene from a screen, stage or television play.
  • CV Writing and Interview SkillsFREE places are available on this course, subject to confirmation of funding. Eligibility criteria will apply, please contact us to find out more. This course will provide you with the skills, information and knowledge you need to produce an effective and professional CV, and to perform to the best of your ability in an interview situation. We will begin by learning how to create a CV incorporating your skills and experience, how to prepare effective and tailored CVs for different jobs and gain knowledge of the different CV resources which are available. We will then discover the different types of interview (one to one, phone, group, video/skype, panel, assessment, practical and informal), what to do and not do at interview, about competency/scenario based interview questions, how to structure examples at interviews using STAR, and how to think of and ask questions at interview.
  • Digital Photography Beginners WorkshopDuring this workshop you will access the main functions and menus of your camera, learn how to use aperture and shutter settings for greater creative control, achieve correct exposures and use compositional elements to make stronger, more creative photographs.
  • French - Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you will need to register before the start of each term. The course covers situations such as: introducing yourself, talking about your family, jobs, shopping for food, asking for and understanding directions, using public transport, booking a room in a hotel, dealing with restaurants and more. All four skills will be used: speaking, listening, reading and writing. There will be the possibility to carry out practical tasks as well as to gain an in-house certificate which will acknowledge individual learning.
  • French - ImproversThis is a progressive three term course starting in September, and you need to register before the start of each term. Learners may join at terms 2 and 3 depending on ability. It builds on the Beginner’s French course, and will cover areas such as: • Talking about events in the past tense, as well as talking about thoughts and feelings in the past tense. • Talking about events that will happen in the future. • To/by/in/of and other prepositions. • Improving your pronouns. • Reading real French, building up to being able to understand the main points in simple newspaper articles. • Practice speaking French in different situations. • This course will also focus more on perfecting pronunciation. • The flexibility of this course also means that topics can be adapted to suit the needs of the class, any specific areas which learners raise can usually be accommodated.
  • Guitar - BeginnersThe course will cover basic guitar theory and the physical structure of the acoustic guitar. You will learn basic chord shapes, how to fine tune, read basic standard notation and number tablature. You will develop confidence by using various playing techniques.
  • Guitar - Next StepsThe course is a follow-on from the Beginners Course. You will develop confidence by using various playing techniques.
  • Italian Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. The course is for complete beginners. This course will help you to develop an appreciation of the Italian language and culture. You will learn to use basic vocabulary and grammatical structures in short conversations to communicate in everyday situations. You will also practise writing simple sentences. You will learn how to place orders in bars and restaurants, book hotel rooms, shop for food, clothing, souvenirs and presents, count up to 6 digit numbers, be able to spell using the Italian alphabet, tell and understand the time, ask for directions, use verbs in the present, past and future tenses etc.
  • Italian Improvers Part 1This is a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. This course is suitable for those who have studied Italian for two terms. Learners may join at terms 2 or 3 depending on ability. As well as developing an appreciation of the Italian language and culture, this course aims to improve the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) giving more emphasis to speaking, listening and reading. You will converse developing an authentic pronunciation enriched with expanded vocabulary and grammar. Topics will be more personal and will include giving and asking opinions.
  • Makeup for Mature Skin - WorkshopThis is fun, informative and practical. Learn how to choose the right colours to suit your skin and how to apply makeup as your skin matures. You will also learn some trade secrets on how to take care of your skin, creating a perfect canvas to apply makeup to. You will try out new styles and techniques and discover the best products for you from brands across the high street. Please note that there will be a short half hour break during this course. The class will therefore finish at 14.30 to accommodate this.
  • Massage: Body Massage - Beginners WorkshopThe price is per couple. This is a very 'hands-on' workshop. Please note that you need to come with a friend or relative so that you both have someone to practise on! You will learn a routine to enable you to give a back massage. This course will focus on the practical application rather than theory although you will learn a little about the history of back massage and massage techniques.
  • Massage: Indian Head Massage - BeginnersIndian Head Massage is a massage treatment that involves the scalp, neck, back and shoulders, given whilst the recipient is seated. It does not require the removal of any clothing and usually lasts between 20–30 minutes. The course does contain some explanation of anatomy and physiology that is relevant to the areas as we work through the routine, along with the benefits and effects of Indian Head Massage.
  • Mindfulness - Getting Started NEWEach session consists of mindfulness practices followed by discussion and space for exploration, with related exercises in pairs or small groups. All the practices and discussion are invitational; there is no pressure on anyone to say any more than they want to. Please wear comfortable clothes to practice mindfulness techniques. With ongoing mindfulness practice, you can develop your ability to be present in the moment, improve your sense of wellbeing and learn tools for both reducing and managing stress or anxiety.
  • ReflexologyThis course may be available for £20, subject to confirmation of funding. Eligibility criteria will apply. Please contact us to find out more. During the course we will find out how the foot has been mapped out to represent the body and learn a routine to help give a relaxing, sense of wellbeing treatment. The course will also contain information on the effects and benefits to our bodies of this wonderful therapy. The history of the development of reflexology is fascinating and we will explore this along with looking at the more practical aspects of foot structure and learning how to use reflexology safely on friends and family and when reflexology should be avoided.
  • Reiki I - An IntroductionReiki is a healing energy that is passed on from a Reiki Master Teacher to a student through an attunement. It enables the student to receive this healing energy to promote relaxation and healing in themselves and others. Reiki I is the foundation course and can lead to the next level of Reiki II which would then enable the student to channel more energy for themselves, others and situations as well as “send” healing. Reiki II is seen as the practitioner status and those taking this level can become insured to offer this healing art to the general public. Reiki I will more specifically cover meditations, Reiki history, Reiki principles, Eastern/Western energy systems, attunements (students must receive all four attunements to enable the Reiki healing energy to flow through them), treatment process for self and others. There will be continuing assessments and tests during the course. A certificate of qualification will be issued at the end of the course. This will act as a pre-requisite should the student want to develop their training to the next level of Reiki II.
  • Science and Religion: The Great Debate NEWThe course will cover a general introduction to some of the ideas to be found within the science and religion debate. More specific areas of enquiry will focus on the popular arguments for the existence/non existence of God, the for and against “celebrities,” the relevance of both science and religion in the world both historically and in the present day, the nature of faith (scientific and religious) and the survival and evolution of current/future ideas and belief systems.
  • Sleep Workshop NEWThis workshop will cover the causes of ineffective sleep, strategies for improving quality of sleep and how this in turn can enhance wellbeing. Learners will be creating aromatherapy inhalers, meditating, visualisation, receiving hypnotherapy, creating NLP anchors, experiencing relaxation through mindful breathwork, crystals, and discover what foods are beneficial and what aren’t for good sleep.
  • Teaching Assistant - An IntroductionThis course may be available for £20, subject to confirmation of funding. Eligibility criteria will apply. Contact us to find out more. If you are considering a career change to becoming a Teaching Assistant, this course is a general introduction to support the parent helper in developing the requisite skills and competencies which are needed to work effectively in the primary education setting. This course is free-standing but is good preparation if you would like to move on to undertake the QCF qualification in supporting learning in the classroom in the primary phase. You will gain an understanding of key aspects needed for successful integration into the classroom delivery team and the impact that this may have on your work with children. You will be introduced to the skills that underpin a thoughtful approach to your practice and understand the importance of diversity within the classroom. Ways in which to develop your professional practice will also be considered as will some of the fundamental skills in working with children in activities and the techniques used to make basic observations of their progress. During the course you will look at: Session 1: SCHOOLS AS ORGANISATIONS Session 2: EFFECTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS Session 3: EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Session 4: SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN Session 5: UNDERSTAND YOUNG PEOPLE’S DEVELOPMENT Session 6: UNDERSTAND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION Session 7: UNDERSTAND CHILDREN’S PLAY Session 8: CREATING DISPLAYS Session 9: CONTRIBUTE TO TEAMWORK IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Session 10: IDENTIFYING PROGRESSION ROUTES and TECHNIQUES
  • Wellness BoostUnderstand what true wellness is and how it affects your body, mind and soul. We will look at: • Meditation • Drumming • Massage • Aromatherapy • Emotional Freedom Technique • Reiki healing • Crystals and Colour
  • Wellness Boost WorkshopUnderstand what true wellness is and how it affects your body, mind and soul. Experience meditation, drumming, massage, aromatherapy, emotional freedom technique, Reiki healing, crystals and colour; all therapies that can improve wellbeing.
  • YogaThe sessions will include a variety of yoga postures and throughout each term, different postures will be featured. Each session will start with gentle preparation postures followed by main postures and will include a relaxation session. All postures can be modified (or substituted) to suit the individual, for example; you do not have to be able to touch your toes to stretch your hamstrings, however, those who can easily, can be shown modifications. Each learner will be encouraged to work within his/her own ability.
  • Zumba Gold®Designed to meet the needs of those looking for a low impact or slower paced workout, Zumba Gold® is perfect for the "mature mover", those with limited or reduced mobility (can also be taken as a seated workout) or those just beginning a move towards a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Still with all the Zumba® fun and party atmosphere.
  • Zumba® FitnessDance fitness exercise classes, using a combination of Latin and World rhythms plus pop and chart music to generate a party-like atmosphere - while providing a fun but effective workout. Zumba® can help you achieve so much towards a fitter and healthier lifestyle, and all while having a great time!! These are really fun and friendly classes, and lots of wiggling, jiggling and giggling! Come along and get sweaty, raise your heart-rate, burn calories and tone up.