Tuesday 25th April – 23rd May
5 weeks
7pm – 9pm
This course is FREE
Kidlington Adult Learning, Gosford Hill School Campus, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Cowley, OX5 2NT
The aim of this short FREE 10 hour programme is to introduce the knowledge, skills and abilities required to work with children and to enable learners to identify their next step.
·         To give an introduction to the employment roles involving work with children for example: teaching assistant, childcare worker, play worker etc.
·         To help learners decide whether work with children is right for them.
·         To build confidence to apply for an appropriate accredited course.

City of Oxford College: Caring for Older Relatives

Please see the link below for a new course at City of Oxford College:

We are planning two versions of the course – One tailored for family carers (intro) and another tailored for local authority care agencies (advanced)
The first course runs this month on Saturday 29th, in a new purpose built care facility at the college, and we are keen to offer up 10-15 free places for local organisations focused on caring for the elderly / local volunteers
Happy to discuss further and would be grateful for any support to get this message out to local organisations
Peter Hudson
Assistant Group Director of Sales and Marketing 

WEA: Courses for the summer term

Summer Courses at the WEA

Preparation for work, at Dean Court Community Centre, Botley
Course contents: help students to recognise their skills and qualities, update Curriculum Vitae, complete an application form, prepare for an interview and know where to look for work

Tuesday 16th May to 13th June 2017 (term time only), 12:15-14:45h. 4 sessions

Makaton Taster, at The Venue@Cowley
A  practical and fun introduction to Makaton into participants daily interactions with children and adults

What is Makaton? It is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate.

1 session on Friday, 19th May, 10:00-13:00h

Makaton Course, at The Venue@Cowley
A beginners course of Makaton for parents, carers and workers who need to use Makaton in everyday situations.

4 sessions on Tuesday, from 13th June to 4th July 2017, 10:00-14:00h

Office administration and reception skills, at The Venue@Cowley
This course will help to develop the skills and confidence needed to work in an office or reception environment.

4 sessions on Wednesday, 14th June to 5th July 2017, 12:00-15:00h

Preparation for work 2 May 2017 Office administration and reception course 14 June 17Makaton Taster and Course

Family Learning Understanding Your Children’s World

Family Learning Understanding Your Children’s World

Free 6 week course Learn how to support your child’s learning in school.

  • Understand the behavioural expectations.
  • Gain tips on how to help your child with their homework.
  • Discover what Maths and English is being taught in a primary school.
  • Meet other parents in a friendly, supportive environment.
  • Starts: Friday 28 April 2017 Time: 12.15- 2.15 pm
    Venue: Blackbird Leys Library
    Course length: 6 weeks
    AFiUK CIC are collaborating with Oxfordshire Adult Learning to tailor this course for First generation migrants or newly arrived migrant families to help them best support their children at school.
    To enquire or book a space please contact: Jacqui (07503 698241) or Jameela (07786 807862)

FREE training & help – Energy Best Deal Talk and/or help to individuals clients

 My name is Andrea  Boliver and I am the Energy Best Deal Adviser for Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire.
Citizens Advice are working with OFGEM to deliver the Energy Best Deal.
OFGEM is the government regulator for gas and electricity markets in the UK.
The aim of the programme is to:
  • Ensure that everyone is able to make an informed decision about their energy supply
  • Make everyone aware of the help and assistance that is available to them such as Warm Home Discount or Priority Services Register
  • Show everyone the impact of good insulation and good energy saving practises.
The desire is that people think about energy and review their supplier and usage regularly.
We need to find local organisations who would allow us to come and give a talk to their members about the Energy Best Deal.
The talk would be for one hour if that is suitable and we would like to ensure that afterwards everyone has a better understanding of their energy usage and deals.
We also offer further support such as 1-to-1 appointments where we can give further, more specific advice for an individual and even help you to switch your supplier.
Everything we offer, both talk and 1-to-1 appointments are free of charge and all we would like to do is to ensure that everyone is empowered to review their energy supplier and get the best deal for themselves from their existing or a new supplier.
Please let me know if you would like me to come and give a talk.
We are currently filling our slots for May and are hoping you would be happy for us to give a talk in May if that is possible but of course can understand if that is short notice and would be happy to take any available time slot.
To contact me please either reply to this email or call me on: 01993 892050 (Mon, Tue and Fri) or please provide me with your contact number and I will call you.
Best regards and many thanks,
Andrea Boliver
Energy Adviser
Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire
The Old Print House
Marlborough Lane
OX28 6DY

Training at OCVA: Fire Safety Level 2

Fire Safety Level 2

This level 2 course is aimed at anyone who requires a course as a Fire Warden or a Fire Marshall. The course covers the latest fire safety regulations and the roles and duties of employees and their responsibilities on Fire Safety. The course is designed to meet and comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. It covers how fires are started, methods of controlling fire spread, evacuating the building, fire briefings and risk assessing. Accredited training.

25/04/2017     09.45 – 13.00   OCVA, £75

Book now:

Training at OCVA: Don’t Panic: The Financial Responsibilities of Treasurers and Trustees

Don’t Panic: The Financial Responsibilities of Treasurers and Trustees

The role of treasurers and trustees in ensuring effective financial planning and safeguarding of voluntary organisations is vital. This session will help trustees to understand their role and come up with some practical actions they can take to ensure that they both safeguard the charity’s assets and ensure they are used effectively. This session will be useful for new trustees, those who have taken on the role of treasurer or chair and those who wish to refresh their knowledge.

28/04/2017     09.45 – 13.00   OCVA, £70 to £80

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Training at OCVA

Health and Safety Level 2
An accredited course for anyone who needs their health and safety certificate updated.
  • Understand the hazard, risk and main causes of harm to workers
  • Understand the importance of following systems, procedures and rules
  • Understand how individual action can reduce risks to health and safety

Monday 3rd April, 9.30am to 5pm. OCVA, Oxford. £95.
How to Achieve Effective Cross Cultural Communication –
This course is designed to inform and provide advice on implementing best practice and making services/organisations accessible to all.
  • Be able to identify a range of barriers that Black Ethnic Minorities (BME) groups and individuals experience in accessing services/organisations.
  • Identify a range of cost-effective solutions for developing greater access to services/organisations for ethnic minority individuals.
  • Identify relevant adaptations that could be made in your own organisation to develop greater inclusiveness of with regards to BME groups.

Wednesday 5th April, 10am to 12.30pm. OCVA, Oxford. £60 to £70.
Researching and Prioritising Funders –
An interactive and informative session will lead you through the maze of funding information to locate the most appropriate sources of funding for your project/organisation.
  • Be able to identify suitable funders for your project or organisation
  • Develop techniques for sourcing likely funders to meet your project needs
  • Gain an understanding of what funders are looking for
  • Be able to prioritise the needs of likely funders for your project
  • Have an understanding of funder language
  • Create a targeted list of funders for your needs
Thursday 6th April, 1pm to 4pm. Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot. £40 to £50.

Training: FASD (foetal alcohol spectrum disorder)

I would just like to draw to your attention our project FASD (foetal alcohol spectrum disorder) in Education and the training days we have available.  With the noticeable increase in children / young people with FASD struggling in school, we have set up a nationwide series of days helping teachers understand FASD and how best to support the FASD-affected pupil to enjoy and achieve in school. Dates for 2017 are:

26 April – Cardiff
5 July – Southampton
20 September – Edinburgh
11 October – Bodmin / St Austell (Cornwall)
18 October – Chelmsford
8 November – Leeds

More information can be found here – or email my colleague, Karen, at

Please note we also offer bespoke / in-house training sessions, including inset days, twilight sessions and individual pupil assessments.

Finally, can I draw to your attention our Christmas Ball in Norwich on 2 December 2017 – tickets on sale now –

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or look on our main charity website,

Yours sincerely

Ruth Roach
Volunteer – Oxfordshire
The FASD Trust
Unit 8, The Gallery
54 Marston Street
Oxford OX4 1LF

Tel: 01865 249771


charity registration no: 1125212
company registered in England No 6501335

Training: Deaf Direct – intensive BSL course

Deaf Direct is running a new intensive BSL level 1 class starting 8th May 2017, running over 7 consecutive days. This is a qualification accredited by Signature.

This course is perfect for people with little or no experience of sign language.  There are no entry requirements and the course is open to Deaf and hearing applicants.  The qualification is designed to enable learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics which involve simple, everyday language use.

Course fee £375 (including tuition and assessments). No concession fee for this course. The classes will run 9.00-17.00 Mon 8th May – Fri 12th May, with assessments taking place on Sat 13th & Sun 14th May. The venue will be the Deaf and Hard of Hearing People’s Centre, St Ebbs. Oxford. For more details, please contact 01905 746301 or email