Community Outreach

Community Outreach

We offer many different courses including gardening, gentle exercise, confidence building, stress management,  beginners IT and craft for groups of older people, as well as employability skills – job searching and interview skills.

We work in partnership with a wide range of organisations including Jobcentre Plus, supported housing organisations, food banks, mental health services, charities, and local community groups for older people to develop bespoke courses to help people improve their lives through learning.

Who are we?

We are a small friendly team working with communities in Buckinghamshire to help people learn new skills through short courses – especially people who may not have been in learning for a long time.

We support learners who have health needs or have low qualifications and offer classes in small groups with friendly tutors.

For information about Community Outreach courses please email cldevteam@buckscc.gov.uk

Our aim?

Our aim is to help raise your confidence and feel less isolated so that you feel able to progress onto further learning or employment. Our learners often say that our courses help them be more confident, meet new people, become a volunteer, get a qualification or even get a job.

Who are our courses for?

Our courses can be tailor-made to meet your needs. There are usually only 8 – 12 people in a class and they can be:

  • run at a venue near you (subject to health and safety requirements)
  • in a variety of subjects such as returning to work skills, sewing, craft, confidence building, IT skills, gardening, and keep fit (please see examples of some of our courses)

FREE to learners who are over 19 years old and usually:

  • suffer from low confidence
  • are unemployed
  • have health issues e.g. poor mental health
  • have few or no qualifications
  • have housing issues
  • recovering from addiction or retired on a low income
  • usually 2 – 3 hours a week for 1 – 5 weeks
  • arranged at a time to suit the group

Courses can run when we have at least eight learners who are committed to attending each week.

Examples of our courses

Our courses vary in length and adapted to suit your needs. Therefore, not a single course is exactly the same; however here are examples of some of our more popular courses.

What's My Next Move?

This is an accredited pre-employment course covering confidence building, CV writing and interview skills

Returning to Earning

A short workshop for parents who are thinking of returning to work after a career break looking after children. Topics include transferable skills, childcare options and barrier to work.

Getting on Track

A six hour course helping people move on in life so that they feel more confident, less isolated and more employable.

Stress Management

Practical, hands on course to identify what causes stress and to learn different techniques and life skills to deal with stress.

Confidence building

Tips and techniques to build self esteem

Rest and Relaxation

A gentle class of breathing, stretching and limbering to help with relaxation

Silver Surfers

Beginners IT course to help people keep in contact and use the internet effectively and safely.

What our learners say about us:

“I am confident with you and my tutor because you make me feel comfortable. I’m still nervous with people I don’t know or who don’t put me at ease, but I’m still trying” Greg

“I don’t like being with people I don’t know, but I know you and I trust you, so it makes things ok” Hannah

“It came just at the right time for me. Although I was afraid that everyone else would know more than me and that I would fail, I am chuffed to bits that I came along. I went the first informal session at Chesham Library where I met our tutor, Linda, and the other people interested in learning, and found that I wasn’t alone. Now I am a lot more confident and relaxed about learning, I have an email address and am very pleased that I will now be able to keep up with my daughter who is starting secondary school in September. I knew that I was missing out before, for instance, I wasn’t able to apply online for help with my energy bills, but now I can access the information I need on the internet.” Louise

“I had been out of work for about 10 years when I went along to a Jobs and Skills event. While I was there I met an Outreach Worker from Buckinghamshire Adult Learning who told me about their “What’s My Next Move?” course that runs regularly at Aylesbury Jobcentreplus. Buckinghamshire Adult Learning arranged for a British Sign Language Interpreter to attend each session of the course to help me to access the learning effectively.” Anon


“I gained a lot of confidence from attending the course and in particular from the support of my tutor and other learners who learnt some sign language, and I am very pleased to be able to say that during the course I was invited to an interview and was offered a job in a warehouse at Arla dairy in Aston Clinton.” Rasiklal