18 April, 2009


Eastern Area Community Information | Community Learning

City of Portsmouth Boys School
Some of you who have boys attending the City of Portsmouth Boys School may already be aware of the new and exciting Community Learning provision that is nearing completion. They have a fabulous Computer suite with laptops, plasma screen and all the up-to-date equipment you would expect. The free courses on offer, as an example, are Introduction to Computers, Spreadsheets and other introductory courses for various subjects. The courses are after school and if you are interested and want to know more then give the school a call.

Phone Icon Phone: 023 9269 3521 - City of Portsmouth Boys School

Learning Links
Learning Links (Southern) Ltd is an educational charity based in Portsmouth, encouraging groups and individuals to participate in lifelong learning. Where possible courses are offered at no cost to the student and free or low cost childcare is often available.

So What Courses Are On Offer?

  • Free IT (Computer) Courses - Introductory and follow-on courses are available which range from the basics of using a computer to how to use the Internet, email and various software packages.

  • Reach Out - Family Matters - Being part of a family helps us develop many skills. This is a chance to reflect on those skills in a group, with fun activities and an opportunity to use your experiences to learn new things. This course runs for 2 hours per week for 10 weeks with FREE CRECHE!

  • Reach Out - Family Connections - Have fun and learn to use a computer at the same time. This course runs for 2 hours per week for 10 weeks and you can also work towards an IT certificate if you wish.

  • Music Makers - Learn about music with your children. This course will introduce you and your child to music, and a variety of interesting and exciting instruments.

  • Keeping Up With The Children - An introduction for parents upon how their children are taught in the literacy hour and the daily maths lesson in school.

  • PALS (Promoting Adult Learning) - Would you like to support and encourage others into learning, become a 'community voice' and develop your own skills? Then this course is for you! It's free, accredited by the Open College Network and is available at a location near you.

  • PALS (Promoting Adult Learning) For Parents - Help your children and learn at the same time. This Open College Network accredited course includes: how children learn, ways of motivating children and parents' role in their child's development.

  • Arts & Crafts - Taster sessions and courses are available in many activities including decoupage, glass painting, card-making, watercolours and jewellery making.

  • Learning Links - Offers free information and advice on a wide range of services including personal development, interests and hobbies, learning opportunities, careers advice and volunteering.

For more information on any of the above courses or services, please contact Learning Links:

Phone Icon Phone: 02392 296460

Email E-mail: admin@learninglinks.co.uk

website Web site: Learning Links

Open Door Training Ltd.

  • Feel stuck in a rut?

  • Want to do something different with your life but not sure what?

  • Wish to return to work but it all seems so daunting?

If this is you then come to us!

We have been providing free informal training since 2000. Our work in the early days was designed specifically to meet the needs of local service families. We may have grown but our sympathies and understanding for service families remain. The majority of our past learners have now gone onto either more formalised college courses or have found employment.

Our work is a combination of one-to-one sessions, workshops and short courses. Our current courses include help with communication skills, how to get that job, an intro to child minding, healthy living, have fun with words and a guide to being self employed. If the above is of no specific interest then make an appointment for some confidential one-to-one sessions. We provide training venues across the city of Portsmouth and in areas of Gosport.

Remember all our work is free and there will also be a free crèche available for some of our activities.

For more information as to how we can open doors for you then please leave a message for Kerry Dedman on our office answer phone.

What have you got to lose?

Phone Icon Phone: 07594 549770 - Kerry Dedman

website Web site: Open Door Project

St. Vincent College

Would you like to:

  • Study in a centre close to home?

  • Work towards recognised qualifications to help gain employment or change job?

  • Take advantage of free childcare whilst studying?

  • Study during the day during school hours or in the evening?


Then join one of the following classes:

  • NVQ in Administration (Office Skills)

  • Introduction to Computers (for the complete beginner)

  • Diploma in Bookkeeping

  • New CLAIT or ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)

  • Word-processing Level (Basic to Advanced), Audio Typing, learn to Touch Type

  • Medical Word-processing and Legal Text-processing

  • GCSE English

Where are the courses held?


  • Royal Sailors' Rest

  • Siskin Junior School

  • Nimrod Community Centre


  • Haven Early Years Centre

What is the cost?

Course fees vary, some courses are FREE, others reduced for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Funding is also available through Annington Trust for partners of serving members of the Armed Forces who may have difficulties paying course fees.

Would you like to find out more?

Admin Office
Royal Sailors' Rest
Grange Lane

Phone Icon Phone: 023 9242 1024 - Sue

Email E-mail: rsr@stvincent.ac.uk

websiteWeb site: St. Vincent College

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