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.

Oxford 50+ Network: AGM

AGM & PUBLIC MEETING will be held on Wednesday 26 April 2017 The Council Chamber at Oxford Town Hall at 10.00 am until 1 pm


10.00 am    Welcome by the Chairperson


Minutes of last year’s AGM

10.10     Annual Report, Chair – Margaret Simpson

Treasurer’s Report – Letty Batten

10.30     Questions for Cllr Gill Sanders – Oxford City Council’s Champion for Older People

              2016-2017 Management Committee to stand down

              Gill Sanders to oversee the nominations for the 2017-2018 Management Committee – [10 in total]

10.45 am    Refreshments –

11.00 am Gillian Warson, OCVA’s Collaboration & Communications Officer


12 noon -Stephen Dawson, Oxford Preservation Trust’s Membership, Events & Fundraising Officer and Alice Neale – Assistant Officer.

OXFORD’s OPEN DOORS and lots, lots more

1.00 pm Close of meeting

The new Management Committee to meet immediately after the meeting to elect the Officers and agree a date for the first Management Committee meeting.

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

Preventing Suicide: Saving Lives

Preventing Suicide: Saving Lives

Tuesday 25th April 2017 2-5pm St Edmund Hall, Oxford OX1 4AR

Suicide Crisis (registered charity) in conjunction with St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.

The charity runs a Suicide Crisis Centre in neighbouring Gloucestershire which is receiving national attention because of its zero suicide record. There has never been a suicide of a client under their care.

At this free event on the afternoon of 25th April they will explain how they work with clients to ensure their survival.  Booking is essential

It’s a chance to find out more about what can help a person who is at risk of suicide.

They are also interested in exploring whether a similar Suicide Crisis Centre would be viable in Oxfordshire.

For more information about the charity:

For further details or to reserve a place please contact Joy at

Suicide Crisis is a registered charity (charity no. 1170444) and a limited company (no. 8326320)