Skills for life

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


To provide community learning, advice and support that can
- raise educational standards for young people and adults,
- improve skills and qualifications to enhance job prospects
- offer first steps informal learning to build confidence and esteem
- provide guidance/mentoring to help overcome barriers
- support learning progression through advice and support.

The Community Learning Place will provide:

-accredited courses in our community, including basic skills, Level 1 & 2 learning credits, GCSEs, higher learning and informal learning to build confidence; raise aspirations. working with learning providers

-opportunities for people of all ages to gain skills and work experience, including school or college placements, traineeships and apprentices.

-opportunities for people to volunteer, get involved and help their community

-community ICT Labs: access to computers and internet for many without facilities at home

-advice and retraining for unemployed including help with job search, CVs, interview practice .

- environmental/horticultural courses at our Rheola Garden and community growing projects

- advice surgeries: for help with Universal Credit, housing advice, advocacy, carers support

- childcare for working parents and learners at our Rompers Nursery

- after school activities at our Lle Ni/Our Space Club for 5-11 yr olds and Youth Club for 12-16 yr olds

- health and well-being sessions: exercise, relaxation, stress management, advice on food and nutrition.

- mentoring, self help groups and well-being courses for those with low anxiety/depression .

- social clubs/events: for people to get together, take part, reduce loneliness, share skills/ resources. We host weekly clubs ‘lifelines’ for many and strong well-being and personal development impact.

- creative art classes that are great first steps into learning and can impact positively on health and well-being

The Community Learning Place will support the following outcomes for learners/centre users:
• Gaining new skills for work, community, family and personal benefit.
• Achieving qualifications and progressing to higher levels
• Improving levels of literacy/numeracy skills and achieving Essential Skills Qualifications
• Enhancing digital skills and confidence in accessing online services
• Improving employability skills and job prospects
• Improving levels of physical and mental well being
• Gaining work experience, confidence and esteem through volunteering and training placements

The Community Learning Place can help people improve their lives for the better. We are community focused and inclusive and offer a '2nd chance' for people who may have not achieved at school, those who want to gain qualifications, or want to rebuild their confidence and social connections after periods of ill health. Often our learners have low self-esteem, or lack confidence and may need additional help and support from specialist services, that we can help them get in touch with.

Many who can benefit from the Community Learning Place, may not have the confidence, skills or financial means to engage directly with colleges and universities. They take their first steps with us through social groups and informal learning activities. Ongoing support and advice helps people build confidence to progress to further learning and accredited courses, which we deliver at the Community Learning Place, working in partnership with colleges and universities and many other helpful agencies.

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Moment of Pride

Our proudest achievements are very much about our community of learners - those special moments when our learners achieve new skills, qualifications, better prospects and improved well being - to see growing self esteem and confidence that helps people move forward positively on their life journey.

Location: Glynneath