Street Learning Courses

What is Street Learning?

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Street Learning is a partnership project providing access to free courses to Wealden and Eastbourne residents. The range of courses available is wide and they are designed to help residents develop new skills or enhance existing ones.

Street Learning courses are provided in venues in the local community. They are completely free of charge and are available to all Wealden and Eastbourne residents – aged 19 years and over. There are also a wide range of online courses.

The Street Learning mission is to reduce social and financial exclusion and improve access to training.

What type of courses are available?

There are practical courses like cooking and flowering arranging, arts and crafts courses, courses to help with managing your money, wellbeing courses like yoga and mindfulness to those that will help you to get to grips with computers and the internet as well as those designed to help you with your career.

Street Learning is a project run by Wealden District Council, in partnership with:

Other course providers also run courses on an ad hoc basis  which are advertised in the  Street Learning brochure.

We want to provide courses that you are interested in. So if you have any suggestions, please let us know at: Streetlearning@wealden.gov.uk 

Feedback from recent courses

This is what recent attendees had to say about the course that they were on:

  • “I thought I was a pretty good cook but I’ve learnt so much! how to make fresh pasta and how to make bread properly and identify mistakes'”
  • “I really noticed a great change in my life in terms of self-esteem. The important thing is I am now doing a volunteer job in a charity shop as a result of changing”
  • Socially it is great and you get a nice lunch to eat afterwards”
  • “It was a fantastic opportunity to explore more about myself. My initial aims are almost irrelevant because the journey I have been on has opened up different opportunities and explored different ways to look at situations”
  • “I have learnt some new skills and gained more confidence to try different things”
  • “Course is very well run and interesting. I enjoyed it very much”

Current Street Learning Courses

Our current programme is available to view or download below. Please contact the provider directly to find out more or book a place on the course.

East Sussex College provide free online Level 2 Certificate Qualification accredited by NCFE. For more details see page 9 of the current brochure (below).

Covid 19

Please note that due to Covid 19 there is a chance that  courses might have to be moved online. Once you have enrolled on a course you will be notified in advance if this happens.

Latest News

  • East Sussex College is committed to helping local communities, across Wealden, recover from the Covid-19 crisis. Start a new career or level up your existing skills with free, online courses including Understanding Safeguarding & Prevent, Understanding Behaviour that Challenges and Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties. Find out more 

  • The Digital Skills Partnership from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership has partnered with Coursera to provide free, online learning resources to 10,000 users across the South East.​ There are more than 4,300 courses available to those facing redundancy, on furlough, or those looking to reskill to enter a new industry. Find out more here.

  • East Sussex Library Service have now launched IT for You 1 to1s at Eastbourne Library (with Hastings and Crowborough to follow). These sessions provide residents with IT/computer support on a one to one basis. Find out more information here.

  • East Sussex Libraries have now reopened five libraries across the county – Battle, Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hastings, and Newhaven. They will not be offering a full service, so please continue to use the online library if you can. Please do not visit if you or anyone in your household is feeling unwell, and be prepared to queue and socially distance! East Sussex libraries hope to open more later in the summer and early in the autumn and will keep you updated.

  • East Sussex College Group has pledged £1million to help people in Sussex improve their skills following the Coronavirus pandemic. The college group will invest £1million of adult education funding over the next 12 months to specifically help local communities and businesses recover from the Covid-19 crisis by delivering free courses and qualifications to local businesses, employees and job seekers. View further information on these
    Funded Online Courses.
  • Sussex Community Development Association due to Covid 19 are looking for befriending volunteers to keep in contact with someone who is lonely or isolated in Hailsham or surrounding areas. Can you give a couple of hours per week to help? Call 01323 440548 or 07341 563649 or email: hailsham@sussexcommunity.org.uk  
  • Seeds and Weeds Community Allotment, Hailsham. Do you want to grow your own vegetables but don’t have your own space or knowledge?  To get involved or find out more call 01323 440548 or email: hailsham@sussexcommunity.org.uk  families welcome.
  • Volunteering Opportunities. Allotment Leaders for Seeds and Weeds Community Allotment, Hailsham. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 10am to 12pm. Call 01323 440548 or email: hailsham@sussexcommunity.org.uk

Ongoing Courses

  • Study at a local library.  Courses include functional Maths, English and ICT as well as European Computer Driving Licence levels 1 and 2. Eligible residents can study for free. Email: learningservice@eastsussex.gov.uk 
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Range of study options available and venues including Eastbourne. Run by East Sussex College. Free to eligible residents. Find out more by calling 030 300 38434.
  • Adult Functional Skills in Maths and English. Learn in small groups. Venues include Eastbourne. Eligible residents can study for free.  Provided by East Sussex College. Call 030 300 39063 or email: adultME@escg.ac.uk