creating opportunities through learning
Believing in people
Friends Centre is the dedicated adult and community learning centre in Brighton & Hove providing quality learning programmes for adults to develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and creativity in a supportive environment.
Through our learning programmes we are committed to:
- Providing first steps (i) and life skills (ii), learning, advice and guidance to adults so that they may gain access to employment or progress to further and higher education.
- Promoting the wider social benefits of learning, including learning to improve health and wellbeing and to meet the personal and family goals of adults.
- Prioritising learning programmes for those adults who are disadvantaged, furthest away from learning or needing learning and language skills to integrate into employment and the community.
- Encouraging learning for active citizenship and stronger local communities.
(i)Learning up to and including Level 2 (ii) English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Information Technology (IT) and Maths
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.