Like many organisations delivering learning during the coronavirus lockdown, PJ Arts Hub have taken to delivering their weekly arts based wellbeing sessions online.
In between Motivational Monday and Feel Good Friday sessions, PJ Arts Hub have guest speakers to motivate you on such things as gaining employment and skill development, to skills swap sessions to either learn new skills or share your own skills to help others.
Everyone needs a bit of encouragement and mental stimulation sometimes, and everyone is welcome to join the sessions.
If you’ve volunteered as part of the coronavirus lockdown over the last few months, helping to make sure the more vulnerable people in the community are looked after, you may be considering your next steps. It might be to do more volunteering, find employment or looking for a career change.
Help with finding work is at hand through Works Better. The team understands that this is a stressful time for job seekers and especially those who have recently been made redundant.
The support available includes:
Help to apply for Universal Credit
Advice on updating your CV
Searching for jobs
Preparing for interviews
Support with Job Applications and much more.
Works Better is an employment support programme that has been designed to help residents in Kirklees tackle barriers into work and find new employment opportunities in the future.
Currently, due to Covid-19, services are only being delivered via telephone and digitally, to make sure they comply with government guidance and that residents can still access this crucial support.
To access support from Works Better you must be out of work or unemployed and be a Kirklees resident aged 18+
Works Better Enhanced is part funded by the European Social Fund and managed by Kirklees Council. It is delivered across the Kirklees District in partnership with Fusion Housing, Paddock Community Trust, Proper Job Theatre Company and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing.
Sometimes we all need a boost of confidence or support to get us on the right track or back into work. Many of us might need this more than ever right now. It is great news then that Shape Lindley are running a back to employment programme for people aged 18 to 65.
It is FREE to attend and will be running over the summer from 27th July 2020.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet real employers through the programme, learn new skills and learn how to update and improve their CVs.
Worried that you won’t be able to attend because of childcare? Don’t be. Shape Lindley have an Ofsted registered provision for parents of Children under 5 to access and can provide a pick-up service from Town where necessary.
There’s a chance that even after the coronavirus lockdown ends, the way we communicate, interact with one another and learn will have changed significantly. You may have already become more familiar with tools like Zoom to video call your family and friends, but what about using digital tools for work as well?
Thornton Lodge Action Group have teamed up with the Good Things Foundation and Google to offer a chance for individuals to gain digital skills using a range of online tools. They are offering free training to explore using video tools for meetings, apps for managing projects and tips on how to adapt to remote working.
The opportunity to access this digital learning is open to everyone. Whether you’re employed, unemployed, furloughed or self-employed, everyone is eligible.
You will be able to learn at your own pace and as it is all online you can do this from your own home.
If you’re unsure about what you want to learn or where to start, a member of staff from Thornton Lodge Action Group will call you to complete an initial 5 minute questionnaire to help set you off in the right direction, focused on the area of the digital world you’re most interested to learn about.
How to begin your digital learning journey
If you have an idea of what you want to learn already, you can dive straight in by visiting:
At a time when we can’t get together and access all the usual training and learning opportunities we’re so used to, more of us are relying on the internet. To help people keep learning, Fusion Housing’s community learning service is now available online.
Fusion offers support to people who need a helping hand to get them into work and would like to try learning something new. They have redesigned their very popular Cooking, Nutrition and Health & Wellbeing courses so that they can continue to provide learning to Kirklees residents during the Coronavirus lockdown.
The Fusion Learning Team have several courses where you can learn skills for cooking healthy food and ways to improve your physical health and wellbeing. Here’s a brief outline of what’s on offer.
‘Come Dine With Me’ Healthy Eating Course
Not only does this course help you plan and cost nutritionally balanced meals, it teaches practical kitchen skills too.
This course is 4 hours a week and runs for 7 weeks.
Fit For Life
Helping you understand fitness and wellbeing and moving toward a healthier lifestyle, this course explores new and different ways you can exercise. You can measure your own fitness levels and make your way to being a healthier you.
This course runs for 4 weeks.
Healthy Eating and Cooking Workshop
This short course is designed to give you insight to a balanced diet and the importance of it, how to eat healthily and how to cost a meal.
This short course runs for 4 hours.
‘£1 meal makers’
Learn how to save money and cook tasty, healthy meals.
This course runs for 4 weeks.
Bread and Budget
This is a bread making course for adults, where you can also learn a bit about budgeting.
How to join
If you have a laptop, a tablet or a smart phone, and you want to join any of these courses, telephone 01484 532280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
At times of stress and change our self-confidence can easily be affected. Motivation can be hard to come by. During our time in lockdown because of coronavirus, we need opportunities to keep our minds active and focused.
Fortunately Crosland Moor Community Learning Centre are providing exactly those opportunities and over the next several weeks are providing a range of free online courses to support people’s personal development.
There are lots of opportunities for you to learn something new, including:
How to use Zoom effectively for communicating with friends or in work meetings
Work it Out – skills for confidence and positivity
Developing digital skills for working in an office
Food Hygiene training (level 2)
Progress yourself – Looking at next steps and how to get there
How to take part
You can find out more about these courses on the Crosland Moor Community Learning Centre website . If there is something there that takes your fancy you can sign-up using the enrolment button and complete your details using the online form:
Safeguarding in our communities has become a big talking point in recent weeks as many volunteers try to make sure the most vulnerable people in our neighbourhoods are kept safe. It is just as important that volunteers in Kirklees, whether part of a Mutual Aid Group, registered as a volunteer with Kirklees Council or volunteering in another capacity shouldn’t be forgotten when it comes to staying safe.
Paddock Community Trust are offering free online volunteer training courses and are encouraging any volunteers who might benefit from the training to get in touch. The course focuses on volunteer safety and everyone is welcome to participate.
The course covers:
Looking at the benefits and types of volunteering
Exploring ways to keep yourself safe when volunteering
How to keep others safe when you are volunteering
The course is a short series of one hour Zoom calls. There are two courses to choose from:
Fridays 12th June, 19th June and 26th June from 1pm to 2pm
Tuesdays 30th June, 7th July and 14th July from from 11am to 12 noon
Zoom (whom many of us had probably never heard of a few months ago) is an online platform for meetings, chats and conferencing , enabling us to keep connected at this time.
If you’re part of a community group or organisation in Kirklees and want to learn more about using Zoom, you can join in one of these 45 minute interactive sessions delivered by James Bulley (Calder IT), who is donating his time to run these sessions for Volunteering Kirklees.
Due to the interactive nature of these sessions, places are limited to a maximum of 10 attendees, but there are regular sessions to choose from. If you book on and then find yourself unable to attend, then please do cancel your place to allow another group in Kirklees to take part.