Community learning team

The Community Learning team provides short informal courses and advice for adults who are not currently in work or those who have less than a Level 2 qualification ( GCSE or NVQ level 1). Our courses are free and some even lead to qualifications. Courses include: Food Safety, First Aid for Babies and Children and Confidence Building.

To be offered a free place you will need to:

  • be 19 and over (except Young Parent courses)
  • live in Brighton & Hove
  • be unemployed (or working less than 16 hours)
  • be on a low income
  • have no qualifications (or few)

Contact us on 01273 294 287 or email communitylearning@brighton-hove.gov.uk for information about courses to get you back into learning and volunteering.

You can also look at our Community Learning brochure for Spring 2014 (PDF 202kb).

You can also find out about other organisations that provide courses and opportunities for learning across the city

Our courses for spring 2015

Click on the links below or scroll down to see the full list of courses.

Food safety courses

Are you volunteering for a community group, or receiving benefits and hoping to work in catering? A Food & Hygiene certificate is needed by everyone preparing and serving food. This free one day course will provide you with a Level 2 certificate in Food & Hygiene. There is a multiple choice test at the end of this course.

To book a place call: 01273 294287

Level 2 Food Safety – Central Portslade
This is a one day course
There is no crèche facility
Date: Thursday 5 February 2015
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Portslade Town Hall. Victoria Rd. Portslade BN41 1YF
Tutor: James Aldcroft

Level 2 Food Safety – Central Brighton
This is a one day course
There is no crèche facility
Date: Wednesday 4 March 2015
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square BN1 1JA
Tutor: James Aldcroft

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First aid for babies and children courses

You will find out about: managing burns and scalds, how to deal with choking, the recovery position and basic life support for babies and children. You need to be a local resident to attend this course.

To book a place on either of these courses please call 01273 294287

First Aid for Babies and Children - Central Hove
This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility.
Dates: Wednesday 21 January
Time: 10am - 1.15pm
Venue: Portslade Town Hall. Victoria Road Portslade BN41 1YF
Tutor: Agnes Munday

First Aid for Babies and Children - Central Brighton
This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility.
Dates: Thursday 12 March 2015
Time: 10am - 1.15pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square BN1 1JA
Tutor: Agnes Munday

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Functional Skills courses

Do you want to brush up on your English or Maths skills and gain a qualification? Free courses at four centres.

Functional Skills - English and Maths
Friends Centre (At Tarner Children's Centre)
Thursdays 10am - 12 Noon
(Crèche available)

Functional Skills - English
Moulsecoomb Primary School 
Wednesdays 1 - 3pm

Functional Skills - Maths
Rudyard Kipling Primary School 
Tuesdays 1 - 3pm
Starts 9 September 2014

Functional Skills - Maths
Carlton Hill Primary School
Thursday 1 - 3pm

Courses run school term times only, with start dates in January and April 2015.

Interested?
Contact communitylearning@brighton-hove.gov.uk at Community Learning on 01273 294287 for more details.

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Teenage parents and parents to be

Free local courses. We can provide bus tickets for those who do not live in walking distance.

Family Learning (supporting your child) courses in local schools. Moving On (confidence building) courses in local settings. Functional Skills English and Maths (Brush up on your English and maths and get a qualification at Level 1 or 2)

Functional Skills English and Maths
Brush up on your English and maths skills and get a qualification at Level 1 or 2.

Functional Skills - English and Maths
Friends Centre (At Tarner Children's Centre)
Thursdays 10am - 12 Noon
(Crèche available)

Functional Skills - English
Moulsecoomb Primary School
Wednesdays 1 - 3pm

Functional Skills - Maths
Rudyard Kipling Primary School
Tuesdays 1 - 3pm

Functional Skills - Maths
Carlton Hill Primary School
Thursday 1 - 3pm

Courses run school term times only, with start dates in January and April 2015.

For those who have attended at least one of our long courses we can offer places on our shorter courses:
First Aid for Babies and Children (simple first aid skills and what to do in an emergency)
Food Safety (Level 2 Food and Hygiene Certificate for those planning to go into the catering industry)

Interested?
Email communitylearning@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Or call: 01273 294287

Or you can contact our outreach worker for young parents: Christine Mendez call: 07795 336412  or email christina.mendez@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Leave your name and contact phone number and the name of the course that interests you.

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Information, advice and guidance service (IAG)

Information about IAGs at Children’s Centres
If you are not sure about what course to take next, we can offer you free personal support to help you find the information you need.

We can offer you:
• an individual session to discuss what you are interested in
• information on other courses and services
• impartial guidance to help you make the right choices
• advice on volunteering and training

You can contact our advice staff via your local Children’s Centre, or call directly:

Christina Mendez 
Central Brighton (Tarner) Queens Park, Eastern Road and Woodingdean
01273 294186 / 07795 336412

Georgina Basset
West Hove, Clarendon, Portland Road and Portslade
01273 293583 / 07795 335993

Email: communitylearning@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Learning across the city

Many organisations in Brighton & Hove offer opportunities for adults to learn. Some of these are voluntary or charitable organisations, and some are supported by the government’s Skills Funding Agency to provide education for those who might not have had opportunities whilst at school. There are also private learning providers offering learning opportunities across the city. You can find out more by going to our directory of adult learning providers.