Community Learning

Educational and Training Courses

Reach runs a range of courses at venues across the area. We offer accredited courses in English, maths and IT, and a range of non-accredited leisure courses, including yoga, creative crafting and cooking. Some courses also include free childcare.

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Who are the courses for?

Courses run termly and classes take place once a week. Any adult can enrol on one of our courses and they are particularly useful for people...

  • Who are not working and would like to gain qualifications to improve their employment prospects.
  • Who have been physically or mentally unwell and would like to get out more to improve their wellbeing.
  • Who feel isolated and would like to make social connections.
  • Who are not native English speakers and would like to improve their communication in English. Our courses can help to improve confidence and unlock hidden talents.

How do I enrol on a course?

Enrolment takes place at the first session of each course. To enroll, please bring evidence of your identity, such as a driving licence or bank card, as well as proof of any means tested benefits you are receiving.

Any questions?

Wesley Peters, our Learning Champion, will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our courses. He can be contacted on 0114 239 4466 or at wesley.peters@gvcf.org.uk.

Course Venues

We hold courses at the following venues:

  • Newfield Green Library
  • Lowedges Community Centre
  • Gleadless Valley Methodist Church
  • Reach Employment and Learning Centre
  • Herdings Community and Heritage Centre
  • Reach Classroom, Blackstock Road

Learning Resources

Below are links to some learning resources that could help you:

britishcouncil.org

esolcourses.com

http://a4esl.org (Quizzes, tests and exercises for ESOL students)

autoenglish.org

bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/

Other Resources

bbc.co.uk/skillswise (Functional English, Maths, Job skills, games and phonics tool – a very useful resource)

grammar-monster.com

abcfastphonics.com (Aimed at children but adults could use, too.  Some of the pronunciation given is American)

learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/grammarandvocabulary

spellzone.com (You have to pay for this one but there is a free trial option)

dictionary.com (Good for checking definitions, thesaurus, synonyms)

en.oxforddictionaries.com

typingclub.com (Free website teaching you to touch type)

wiseoldsayings.com/ultimate-grammar-resource-guide.php (Support and guidance on grammar)

An update from Sheffield College, if you want to find out more please see their website or email us; admin@gvcf.org.uk
The programme is over a year for 12 hours per week. You will learn new digital skills, do a work skills qualification as well as boost your math's and English skills. The first term is in a community setting a more relaxed environment to get you thinking about your learning. From there the second term concentrates on your digital skills so there will be a mix of face to face and online learning. The last term we start to think about next steps, and you’ll be introduced to our main site campuses and the courses that are run there.