21 August 2021

Free courses start for Wealden and Eastbourne residents

Street Learning is a partnership project providing access to a range of free courses designed to help residents develop new skills and enhance existing ones and also achieve GCSEs in English and maths.

The aim is to reduce social, digital and financial exclusion and improve access to training.

Street Learning courses are provided in venues in the local community including East Sussex College in Eastbourne, Uckfield College, Uckfield Civic Centre and  many of the courses will be held online.

They are completely free of charge and are available to all Wealden and Eastbourne residents – aged 19 years and over.

There are practical courses like family cooking and pizza and bread making, arts and crafts to courses to help with wellbeing to those that will help people get to grips with computers and the internet as well as those designed to help with career progression.

Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden council’s cabinet member with responsibility for employment opportunities, said, “Learning is fundamental for economic prosperity, social well-being and personal fulfilment.

“Through learning, whatever the subject, we can gain greater confidence in our own abilities. And be better prepared to help those around us.

“These courses are very relevant to increasing self-confidence and helping with job opportunities. And for some, the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home may provide an additional incentive.”

Street Learning is a project run by Wealden District Council, in partnership with ACRES, East Sussex College, Sussex Community Development Association, East Sussex County Council Library, Job Centre Plus, GRH Training, Compass Community Arts and Sussex Recovery College.

Visit www.wealden.gov.uk/streetlearning or streetlearning@wealden.gov.uk

New courses are being added online on a regular basis.

For further information:

    Cllr Roy Galley, Cabinet member for Economic Development Wealden District Council. Tel: 01825 713018 Email: cllr.roy.galley@wealden.gov.uk          Or    Annemarie Field Senior communications officer, Wealden District Council. Tel: 07985 812076 Email: Annemarie.field@wealden.gov.uk  
Helen Markwick, Community & Regeneration Manager Wealden District Council. Tel: 01892 602756 Email: helen.markwick@wealden.gov.uk