Wealden District Council
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Street Learning Courses

What is Street Learning?

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 is also a wide range of online courses.

Please visit and follow us on the Street Learning Community Facebook page

Street Learning Courses available

There are practical courses like cooking and arts and crafts courses, courses to help with managing your money, wellbeing courses 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 will be of interest to you, so if you have any suggestions, then please email us at Streetlearning@wealden.gov.uk 

Street Learning – for April to July 2024

Our new programme for April to July 2024 is available to download  or request a hard copy by post by emailing us at streetlearning@wealden.gov.uk, or visit our Street Learning Community Facebook page.

Please ensure that you contact the provider directly to find out more or to book a place on the course.

Other FREE Courses!

FREE Digital Skills Diploma
One of the challenges for today’s employers is a lack of digital skills in candidates. The Digital Accelerator will bring you up to speed and help you stand out from the crowd.  This FREE course helps fine tune existing skills or learn completely new skills – the Digital Accelerator course will equip you with essential digital and employability skills currently in demand by employers. For eligibility and to find out more visit:  Free Digital Skills

Whether you are looking to learn new skills, find a job, change career or up-level existing sector skills, Sussex Skills Solutions (part of East Sussex College) is here to help you gain the skills to succeed. Our short online courses are designed to be flexible to fit around you, your life and your commitments. This is your chance to turn that ‘might do’ into a ‘will do’. 

Maths and English
Do you struggle with reading, writing letters and emails, filling in forms or helping with the kid’s homework? We can support you to learn in a relaxed and friendly way and at your own pace. Find out more about the FREE help on offer at our DROP-IN on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 10am to 12pm You can also email: eastbourne@sussexcommunity.org.uk,  call Willingdon Trees Community Centre on 01323 504438 or visit the website 

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

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Range of study options available and venues including Eastbourne, run by East Sussex College are free to eligible residents. Find out more by visiting their website 

One to one support tailored to individual needs. For more information please call 01323 464560 or email emily.taylor@eastsussex.gov.uk

Courses for parents and families
Have a look at GRH training for some more family courses across the County.

IT and other
Courses on offer at a local library are courses such as functional Maths, English and ICT as well as European Computer Driving Licence levels 1 and 2 and these are FREE to eligible residents.  For information, please email: learningservice@eastsussex.gov.uk 

East Sussex Library Service
The library service have launched IT for You 1 to1’s at Eastbourne, Hailsham, Crowborough and Uckfield (as well as at other venues in East Sussex). These sessions provide residents with IT/computer support on a one to one basis. Find out more information here.

Feedback from recent Street Learning courses…

Healthy Eating on a Budget: “I really enjoyed this course.  Margaret was a wonderful teacher and I learnt lots of tasty, healthy and economical cooking techniques and recipes”

Introduction to Needlecraft:  “This course was my first and I have already signed up to many more free courses in my community.  I’m sad that this specific course has finished”

Understanding Challenging Behaviour: “I really enjoyed the course.  Relaxed friendly environment and easy to ask questions.  Carly was a brilliant teacher, sharing lots of experiences and ideas that help put the tools and techniques into context”

Performing Arts – Boost Your Confidence:
“Loved this course.  The tutor Charlotte was very friendly and supportive.  I had a great time”

“Really enjoyed this course, Charlotte was fantastic and could not fault her, very patient and explained things very well, the activities were fun and I enjoyed them greatly.  It has made me consider doing more varied courses that I wouldn’t have considered, had I not done this course”

“A well-conceived and well executed course with a very likeable teacher who made it easy to learn in a friendly environment”