Live Local Learn Local
Our Community Outreach Program is an exciting project, bringing FREE courses close to where people live and work in SE Wales.
Live Local Learn Local is designed and run in partnership with local organisations and other learning providers. We respond to a variety of learning needs and local interests and therefore design new courses each year.
We run up to 40 FREE short courses each year, providing attractive and flexible learning opportunities designed to help support community-based students progress to the next stage, whether that is work, college or university.
Courses run throughout the year in Community First areas in Cardiff and the surrounding areas, and focus on those living in areas where university participation rates are low. The courses are delivered by dedicated tutors experienced in working with students from a variety of backgrounds and with different learning experiences.
Testimonials from Students
“The teacher was excellent in the way they gave us the information – so simple.” – student on the Helping Children Learn course.
“It was a new course and delivered by a good teacher. I can use my skills professionally after doing this course.” – student on the Introduction To Public Service Interpreting course.
“I’ve enjoyed the hands on experience. I now know it is so much easier to eat fresh and it is so much more fun for me and my daughter. It brings back memories of my own childhood.” – student on the Cookery and Healthy Eating for Families course.
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Live Local Learn Local Courses
You will learn to use English appropriately for study. The course will focus on skills required to perform well in an English-speaking academic context.
This course aims to introduce you to basic speaking and listening skills in Arabic. Thorough basic dialogues and the topics will cover introductions and talking about yourself, learning in school, at the embassy, renting a flat and wedding invitations. We will revise the alphabet and all the topics will be covered at a very basic level.
This course will enable you to use a broader but still limited range of speaking and listening language skills. Though the emphasis is on speaking you will also learn more grammatical structures and sentence pattern, which are essential for further progression in Arabic.
Child’s Play! This course offers an introduction into the world of play and children’s development for people interested in Psychology and Child Development. The course looks at how play is able to support and encourage development. This course explores different stages and types of play as well as different theories of play.
This course is designed to help non native English speakers, who can hold a fluent ten minute conversation in English, to improve comprehension and communication skills and to gain confidence.It will cover idiomatic English, British culture, public service terminology, telephone and letter writing techniques, pronunciation and recognition of regional accents.
The aims of the course are to increase students’ awareness of barriers to self esteem, increase their self-esteem, and give them confidence to embark on new challenges both in their personal and their public lives.
Do you enjoy gardening and want to help develop a community garden in your area? Would you like to join up with likeminded individuals in your locality and learn how to plan and design a community garden which is low maintenance, nature friendly and productive? You will learn a range of gardening methods from managing your pests naturally, working with weeds, basic soil science, water management techniques and basic design skills. You will learn how to work successfully with others to create a sustainable and viable community project.
Do you have a garden which you would like to grow food in? Would you like to join up with likeminded individuals in your locality and learn how to transform you garden into an edible and beautiful space which combines low maintenance food growing and nature friendly gardening techniques, managing your pests naturally, working with weeds, basic soil science, water management techniques and basic design skills.
Are you interested in local history and archaeology? The Ely district has an amazing history dating back to before the Roman invasion of Britain, including the massive Iron-Age hillfort at Caerau, recently excavated by Channel 4's Time Team. This is an exciting new course which will help you to discover Ely's hidden past.
What can we do to support our children’s learning in a fun and enjoyable way? This course will provide practical and useful ways of helping children's key skills such as reading and writing as well as developing their speaking and listening capabilities. Set in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere classes will provide opportunities to learn and share experiences with others and improve our confidence to help those who need it.
Discover in an informal and interactive setting, what psychology and counselling can tell us about how we come to be who we are and how to change those things we want to. Whilst not learning to be counsellors, we will develop a good understanding of the role it plays, in making change possible. Most of all, we will be learning how we can usefully apply these ideas to our lives.
This course is designed to introduce bilingual students to the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work as public service interpreters in health settings and to the preparation they will need to undertake for the Health option of the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) examination run by the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
This course, based on the use of Microsoft Office, is designed to develop your IT skills to the point where you will feel confident using a number of different software packages to create letters, CVs, handouts and flyers, organise your work efficiently, search the Internet and send email and attachments.
Introduction to research methods course is designed to acquaint you with foundational aspects of designing and delivering a basic research project. The course begins with an introduction to research exploring the more philosophical questions such as ‘what is knowledge and truth’. The course goes on to introduce broad themes such as distinguishing primary and secondary research methods and debates such as quantitative and qualitative approaches. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on participative research methods involving young people and disadvantaged groups.
For people who want to understand what they are being told by the media and why they are being told it, this course offers the opportunity to explore how news is chosen, shaped and presented. Students will then be shown how to structure news and features, how to write them and finally how to establish a simple web platform to create their own blogs and newsletters. This is a chance to find a voice, and to use it.
Many people have a keen interest in music in a range of areas, including events organisation, singing, rap, recording skills and live performance. A great deal of people use these interests as hopes and dreams to aspire towards managing and developing their own careers, for example becoming a professional mc, a professional singer, a club or mobile events DJ, a night club events organiser or a community and charity events organiser. These are ambitious and inspirational career choices that represent genuine and achievable employment or self-employment prospects. However, while people can often have vast potential in their preferred career route, for example MC-ing, DJ-ing or singing, they can often lack the business savvy and entrepreneurial skills to manage, finance or promote themselves in the competitive industry in which they may find themselves. This course aims to supplement students’ existing skills with a programme of entrepreneurial and business start-up skills tailored to their specific musical interest. It is designed to spring-board them towards a prosperous career through providing a combination of practical experiences and theoretical lessons by initiating their first steps in business that will aim to generate enough momentum to keep their business ideas buoyant long into the future.
This course builds on the entrepreneurial and business start-up skills encountered in Music and Media Business and Social Enterprise Skills I. You will get the opportunity to transfer these skills into producing a professionally word processed document that can be presented to interested parties such as business mentors, community organisations, funding bodies and banks.
On this course you will be introduced to Professional and Career Development. The course aims: To help students understand career paths and the skills needed for continuous personal and professional development To help students to make informed decision about their professional and career development To enable students to search for opportunities to reach their potential To help students set career and life goals and develop an action plan to achieve them
This course aims to introduce students the basic elements of project development and management and how to do market research and needs analysis. The students will learn how to turn an idea into reality and the step by step process and techniques for the various stages of a project life cycle. The course will give solid grounding and confidence the students could approach project development and management with confidence.
This friendly and practical course has been designed to explore what public engagement is all about. You will learn about what’s happening in your local area and how you can get involved in many different ways – from voting to volunteering to getting involved in initiatives such as Communities 1st or working with your local authority to improve local services. This course will help you to understand how you can make a real difference to where you live.