Friends Centre is an independent adult education organisation where people can develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and creativity in a supportive environment.
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Spring Term: 13 January – 4 April
(half term 17–21 February)
Summer Term: 28 April – 14 July
(half term 26–30 May)
Reception Opening Hours
9.30am–5.30pm (Monday–Thursday) 9.30am–3.00pm (Fridays, half term and holidays)
9.30am–4.30pm (Monday–Thursday) 9.30am–1.00pm (Fridays)
Ivory Place is closed during half term and holidays
We have been part of the Brighton and Hove community since 1945, providing community based education across a broad range of subjects.
Whether you are looking to take up a new challenge, or are out of work or facing the prospect of redundancy, Friends Centre has something for you. We offer courses in Adult Literacy and Numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages, arts and crafts and other leisure topics, Job Skills and IT. We also offer careers and training advice, professional training courses and free computer use.
Each year around 1,600 people from different backgrounds come to learn together in a welcoming and supportive environment.
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Fashion Tutor publishes book on Sewing Machine
Our dressmaking tutor, Julia Hincks has published a book on the Overlocker sewing machine! The overlocker is a type of sewing machine which is used for trimming and edge finishing fabrics. It’s perfect for seam and hem finishing as it creates a professional finish which you just don’t get on a normal sewing machine' Click here for more details.
New Skills & Training Courses for Adults
Our new brochure for Skills & Training for adults is now available. Courses range from communication skills to the more vocational ‘Confidence and Self Esteem’ and ‘Assessing Vocational Achievement’. We are also able to offer bespoke programmes and for businesses. Click here for more details.
Friends Centre Craft Fair at St Bartholomews Church
We had a great time at our Christmas Craft fair on 30th November, you can see the picture on our facebook page! Click here to see the photos!
ESOL Volunteer publishes first book!
Bob Cant, an ESOL volunteer at Friends Centre, has just published his first novel. Something Chronic is the story of a man who wakes up after twenty years of sleeping sickness and tries to make sense of the world around him. It belongs to the school of Scottish magic realism.
Bob says: 'I have been working on this novel for years but joining a creative writing class with Rebecca Duffy at Friends Centre was the kick start it needed to make it suitable for publication.'It is now available for immediate purchase online (£8.99) Click here for more details.
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Co-op Funding for Volunteer Training
At Friends Centre we rely heavily on our volunteer learning support assistants. We currently have forty people working in classrooms supporting our learners.
We have received a very generous grant from the Co-operative Community Fund which is enabling us to provide valuable training for our volunteers. On the 25th September, 19 of our classroom volunteers attended a training event at our Brighton Junction base. A further Co-op funded training event is planned for January.
We would like to say a big thank you to the Co-op Community Fund for making these training days possible. Click here for more details on The Co-op Community Fund.
Friends Centre are looking to appoint 2 or 3 new trustees to join the board
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Volunteer Confidential Clerk
We are also looking for a Volunteer Confidential Clerk to the Board of Trustees Click here for more details.
Friends Centre has made a pledge to the Thumbs up Scheme
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