Friday, November 17, 2017

Sign up to learn new skills from this September

Newport City Council offers a range of course through its Adult Community Learning (ACL) programme and Work Based Learning Academy (WBLA).

Residents can learn new skills, improve their career prospects or take up a new hobby. ; ;

ACL's new 2017 course prospectus is now available and includes GCSE and general education; ICT and digital literacy; cake decorating; dressmaking and sessions for adults with learning difficulties.

Essential skills classes help people improve their English and maths.

Some people may be eligible for a concession on tuition fees subject to certain conditions.

To find out more about the 2017 courses visit www.newport.gov.uk/communitylearning; email community.learningnewport.gov.uk or pop into Central Library in John Frost Square.

The Work Based Learning Academy also offers the opportunity for people to gain national vocational qualifications in a range of areas including child care; play development; sports development and health and social care. For more information contact wblanewport.gov.uk

Councillor Gail Giles, Newport City Council's cabinet member for education and skills, said: "Courses offered by ACL and the WBLA are perfect for people who want to improve their skills, either to help them find work or to improve their career choices.

"We are also still able to provide a limited number of courses for residents who want to take up a new hobby or enhance their talents.

"I would encourage people to take a look at the new prospectus to check out whether there is something that could broaden their horizons."

Source: http://www.newport.gov.uk/en/Council-Democracy/News/articles/2017/September-2017/Sign-up-to-learn-new-skills-from-this-September.aspx (Fri Sep 1st 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Santa Appeal is open

"Last year we were delighted to collect more than 2,000 presents, thanks to the generosity of local people and the support of our adult service users at Learning Curve, who volunteer their time to collect the presents from collection points.

"The Santa Appeal has seen people who have very little themselves donating to cover the cost of a gift for one child and also groups of people from work places, organisations, sports teams and universities coming together to donate a bundle of gifts.

"It truly is such a heartwarming campaign and one that allows us to celebrate the true magic of Christmas and community spirit."

The Santa Appeal is open to the public from November 1 to November 24. All you need to do is ring Santa's helpers on 01443 425025 (lines open from 9.30am to 4.30pm (Tuesday to Friday) or drop an email to customerservicesrctcbc.gov.uk entitled Santa Appeal.

You tell them how many children you would like to buy for and they will give you the name and age of a child who would be delighted to receive a gift. Simply choose a present and take it to your nearest collection point in a gift bag by December 1, so the Learning Curve staff can collect it and ensure it gets to Santa in time to be delivered Christmas Eve.

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Santa and his Reindeer in their pan at the bottom of St Mary Street

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Santa's Queen Street Grotto

Late night shopping and in-store offers

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