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There are opportunities to improve your IT and computer skills across Wealden in the new year. And to pursue a wide range of other activities with Street Learning—Wealden Council, 2 January 2019

There is more to learn in 2019

These include cookery, arts and crafts, wellbeing and basic Maths and English.

IT for You is a weekly half-day course to help improve computer skills. It will be taking place at Hailsham, Heathfield, Uckfield, Eastbourne and Crowborough from January to March. The courses take place in the town libraries.

“Say goodbye to confusion and frustration online in 2019,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden’s Cabinet member for Economic Development. “These free courses will help boost your confidence when it comes to computer skills and open up a wealth of new opportunities for you online.

“A number of other courses are also available.”

Cookery courses include Vegetarian Cooking, Cooking with Lentils at Hailsham and Homemade Healthy Suppers at Uckfield.

Other activities include Spring Planting, Working with Wood and Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing at Hailsham; and Fun with Fabric at Uckfield. In Eastbourne there are opportunities to improve your cake decorating skills with Spring Sugarcraft and to brighten up your home with Spring Flower Arranging.

East Sussex College, based at Eastbourne, is running free Street Learning courses on Administration, Customer Service, Self-confidence, Mindfulness, and Maths 4 Parents. Training Now is also offering free courses in Basic Maths and Basic English at Eastbourne.

All the courses are free, open to any one aged 19 or over and provide a great opportunity to improve your job-seeking skills.

You can also make use of Computer Buddies who are based at Wadhurst, Hailsham, Heathfield and Uckfield Libraries at certain times during the week. These volunteers can help you out if you get stuck on your computer or are trying to do something you don’t understand on the internet. Don’t get frustrated. Help is at hand.

Wadhurst Library Every Wednesday 10.30am till 12 noon
Uckfield Library Every Tuesday 10.30am till 12 noon
Heathfield Library Every Monday 11.00am till 1.00pm
Hailsham Library Every Thursday 10.00am till 12 noon

East Sussex College is able to offer free distance learning courses to anyone aged 19 or over who has lived in the EU for three years or more.

The courses take 2- 3 hours each week, last 8-10 weeks and make full use of the internet.

The following courses are on offer: Mental Health Awareness. Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health. Equality and Diversity. Understanding Nutrition and Health. Understanding Behaviour that Challenges. Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes. Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties. Understanding Autism. Information Advice & Guidance. Understanding Safeguarding & Prevent.

To find out more, download the Spring 2019 Street Learning prospectus or email streetlearning@wealden.gov.uk You can also learn more about opportunities for Street Learning by telephoning East Sussex County Libraries on 0345 6080196, calling in at your local library, or telephoning East Sussex College 030 30038212.