About Friends Centre
Friends Centre will provide quality and appropriate learning programmes for adults in the city of Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas.
Friends Centre is to be at the heart of adult learning in the city of Brighton & Hove to help learners achieve aspirations and meet challenges.
Friends Centre is an independent adult education organisation where people can develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and creativity in a supportive environment.
Friends Centre’s learning programmes aim to:
- Help learners achieve aspirations and meet challenges
- Stimulate community interest and civic involvement
- Promote tolerance, social justice, environmental sustainability and international understanding
Friends Centre receives funding from the Skills Funding Agency for:
- Adult Skills Budget – through this funding we offer courses from Entry 1 to Level 2 in English, Maths, and ESOL, as well as Level 1 and 2 courses in Art, Photography, Fashion, IT User Skills, Counselling and Mental Health Awareness
- Community Learning – through this funding we work with our partners The Bridge Community Education Centre, Whitehawk Inn, Hollingdean Children’s Centre, Moulscoomb Primary School, Carden Primary School and Millcroft Centre to offer courses for the local communities in arts and crafts, IT, creative writing, English and ESOL. We also use this funding to help learners, who may not be able to pay our full fees, a concession rate; and offer learners who are not ready for accredited courses study skill courses to help them prepare and develop their confidence.
- From April 2015 to March 2016 we have received further funding from the Skills Funding Agency for Community Learning Mental Health Pilot. This sees us working with ten partner organisations including Sussex Partnership Trust to deliver courses and workshops for people with mild to moderate mental health conditions.
Friends Centre also holds:
- A National Careers Service contract to deliver Information, Advice & Guidance
- A Brighton & Hove City Council contract for Supporting People, which delivers 1 to 1 tuition for homeless people to improve their access to English, Maths, IT and Language training.
We also offer a programme of arts and crafts, creative writing and literature, health and happiness, history, IT, French and personal and professional development courses.
Volunteering has been critical to our success from the beginning. We have always welcomed volunteers to support individual learners in meeting their goals.