To CLP's Fab & Fun Courses
Here at Community Learning Partnership, we focus on making courses fun, interesting and memorable. Find out about our courses below, and see what students have to say.
Elizabeth Borg - Director

Family Art Journalling

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Our Family Art Journalling courses are really popular. Great fun is had with parents/carers and children spending quality time together creating a very special journal. Have a look at some of the work produced over a few weeks of a recent course, taught by our mixed media specialist Paula Watkins.

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The enthusiasm is infectious, and lots of families go on to journal inbetween sessions and beyond the end of the course, creating lovely pages and using lots of techniques - die-cutting, stencilling, and even shaving foam!!

We also run art journalling courses and workshops for adults, as well as a self-organised group which meets every other Thursday at our base in South Oxhey.



Just contact Elizabeth Borg for more info on 07771 99 28 95 or clpfamilyfun@gmail.com.

Beginner's Crochet Course

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Beginner's Crochet Course, Watford


Course Information

Start date:  Wednesday, 15th June 2016
Time:  10 am - 1.00 pm
Venue:  Attico Art Centre, Watford High Street
Cost:  £15.00, inclusive of yarn, equipment and refreshments

Can't crochet, but want to learn?
A complete or near beginner?
Learned when you were younger, but have now forgotten how to hook?

Learn how to hold your hook and yarn correctly


Then this is the course for you! Lots of our learners get really worried about signing up for a course because they say they 'can't do it', but this has been specially-designed for those of you who have little or no experience of crocheting.  Have confidence - none of the other participants will be able to hook either!  Well, not at the beginning, anyhow.......


Choose your favourite colours from our Wall of Wool!

However, if you attend each of the five sessions, and do a little bit of practising inbetween, it is highly unlikely that you still won't be able to crochet at the end of the course!  You will be taught by Elizabeth Borg, who has developed techniques to help you succeed by really understanding how crochet works.  She is fun and friendly, totally addicted to yarn and anything to do with crochet, and loves nothing more than to pass on the joy of hooking to others.  Not only that, she has oodles of patience.

"On the first week, it didn't seem possible that I'd be crocheting the granny square in four lessons, but I can!  I now feel confident to start making my blanket" - Debra

Over the five weeks, you will learn all the stitches and techniques that will enable you to make granny squares.  This will include:  how to hold the hook and yarn; controlling tension; chaining; treble, double crochet and slip stitches; making granny squares and sewing-in ends, blocking and joining.

Most learners will have the skills to create this by the end of the course!

"I've been able to turn my mind off and relax, whilst being able to learn something new" - Lauren

With your granny squares, you will be able to make blankets, throws and cushion covers, to name just a few projects.  These are perfect for snuggling, and for making unique and personal gifts for friends and family.  There are also many charities who would welcome such hand-crafted items.

"I've loved this course! It has really boosted my confidence and I now have a list of things I want to try" - Sarah
Once the course is over, you'll be able to join the Heavenly Hookers.  We have our own FaceBook group and meet weekly - Wednesday evenings in South Oxhey and Sunday mornings in Borehamwood.  So there will always be hooky friends to help and encourage you, either in person or remotely.

This course has been heavily subsidised by Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS), so grab the opportunity to learn a new skill, and meet others with a shared interest in crafting, at an affordable price!

For more information, contact Elizabeth Borg on:

M: 07771 99 28 95 or 

E:  elizabeth.borg@btconnect.com






Digital Textiles Course

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Design your own fashion and home accessories


Why not carve out some precious me-time in your busy week?  Maybe you're feeling a bit stressed or you've got the winter blues? This is a lovely way to get creative, and learn some new digital skills, whilst meeting others with an interest in arts and crafts.

Dates:  Tuesday 23rd February - Tuesday, 15th March inclusive

Times: 9.30 am - 12.00 pm

Venue:  No 96, Shenley Road, Borehamwood

Cost:  £10.00, inclusive of tuition, use of tablets and all materials

This course will enable you to learn how to use android apps to import, enhance and manipulate images.  See what Cheryl created with her bulldog, Princess Poppy!  Cheryl then went on to transfer this image to a tote bag, creating a unique fashion accessory!



And here's a collage of Alexandra's daughter, Viola, with her favourite cuddlies and playthings.



Just think!  You could have images of your family, pets or anything else you love on a tote bag, and even on wood to hang in your living room or office.  Cherished holidays, memories, flowers - you name it; you can use it!

Full tuition will be given by your tutor, William Doust, and he will be supported by teaching assistant Paula Gilbert.  So if you're lacking a bit of confidence, don't worry, you'll have plenty of support in the class.  You'll also be given links to video tutorials and have written instructions printed out for you to use in the class and take home to keep.

Book now!

And thanks to our funders, Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service, the course fee is greatly reduced to just £10.00!!

To book, and create unique accessories that will create a big WOW, contact Elizabeth Borg:

e:  elizabeth.borg@btconnect.com
m:  07771 99 28 95




Vintage Easter Sewing

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FREE STITCHING AND EMBROIDERY COURSE




If you love all things vintage, and fancy spending the next four Thursdays learning new stitches and embroidery techniques, perhaps you would like to (very politely, of course) grab the last few remaining places on our popular 4-week course!

It starts this Thursday, 5th March 2015,  from 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm at our little room of bliss, The Heavenly Arts and Crafts Cafe, and is being taught by the wonderfully-talented and all-round lovely person Paula Watkins.

You will make an embroidered piece to create a unique Easter card as well as hand-stitching and embroidering an Easter chicken and gorgeous egg cosies.  We are going to be using the most sumptuous of threads, and Paula's talent not only as a mixed media artist herself, but as a generous teacher, means that she will bring out the best in everyone whether you are new to embroidery or have more experience.

Courses like this, with a tutor and successfully-published author of Paula's calibre, wouldn't come cheap.  Look around if you don't believe me, but I'd be surprised if you would find it for less than £100.00.  But the good news is that this course is FREE if you meet the eligibility criteria, as this has been funded by our chums at TCHC with ESF Community Grant Funding. The main eligibility criteria are that you are unemployed, not working or working less than 16 hours a week and that you live in Hertfordshire.





If you would like one of the last places available, contact Elizabeth Borg on 07771 99 28 95 or elizabeth.borg@btconnect.com IMMEDIATELY to avoid disappointment.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR COURSES

Find out more about our courses by emailing your contact details to elizabeth.borg@btconnect.com, and let us know what you're interested in.  We run courses in crochet, knitting, patchwork, digital textiles, wet and dry felting, artist trading cards, altered books and lots, lots more.  As a small charity that exists for YOUR benefit, we are very responsive to skills you would like to learn.  If enough of you want it, we will do our best to run it!! Most of our courses are either free or low cost, due to grant and contract funding, but they are always led by experienced teachers and are always of the highest quality, as well as being very well-resourced.
 
The course is completely FREE if you meet eligibility criteria because Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England.  

The course is completely FREE if you meet eligibility criteria because Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England. - See more at: http://communitylearningpartnershipcourses.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.osg47suz.dpuf

The course is completely FREE if you meet eligibility criteria because Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England. - See more at: http://communitylearningpartnershipcourses.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.osg47suz.dpuf
The course is completely FREE if you meet eligibility criteria because Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England. - See more at: http://communitylearningpartnershipcourses.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.osg47suz.dpuf
If you would like to see more of Paula's amazing work, why not check out her blog here http://frecklesandflowersgirl.blogspot.co.uk/




The course is completely FREE if you meet eligibility criteria because Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England. - See more at: http://communitylearningpartnershipcourses.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.osg47suz.dpuf





Free Crochet Courses

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Crochet for Beginners and Improvers

Would you like to learn, or improve, your crochet - for free?  CLP has a Community Grant from the European Social Fund, and can offer you a FREE course if you meet the eligibility criteria - see below.*


Our latest 4-week courses are starting in March, so be sure to book a place, because they are hugely popular.  We run them in our cosy Heavenly and Crafts Cafe, which is just outside Watford, and is like a home-from-home with Welsh dressers, comfy sofas and a farmhouse table.  We love all things vintage, so will even serve your teas and coffees in china cups and saucers!

The comfiest of sofas in The Heavenly Arts and Crafts Cafe

Beginner's Course
Start date:  Friday, 6th March 2015
Time:  9.30 am - 12.00 pm
Venue:  Heavenly Arts and Crafts Cafe, Watford WD19 6JD

You will gain a thorough understanding of basic crochet stitches - chain, treble and double - with the aim of being able to make a granny square by the end of week 4.  Most participants who attend each of the four 2.5 hour sessions, and practise a little inbetween times, are able to achieve this and become quickly addicted...






granny squares, made using Scheepjeswol Softfun yarn

A cushion, made by crocheting granny squares together.  Yarn used:  Stylecraft Special DK

Improver's Course


Start date:  Wednesday, 4th March 2015
Time:  9.30 am - 12.00 pm
Venue:  Heavenly Arts and Crafts Cafe, Watford WD19 6JD

If you've recently learned to crochet, or learned years ago and can't quite remember how to get going again, then this one is especially for you.  We'll recap the basic stitches, and quickly move on to learn new stitches and techniques.  We will be guided by you, but typically would make slightly more complex granny squares; hexagons; patterned scarves and perhaps a novelty item.

You will find CLP to be welcoming and friendly, and we pride ourselves on creating a relaxed yet purposeful learning environment.  In the Heavenly Arts and Crafts Cafe, we are addicted to yarn, and also sell Stylecraft and Rooster brands at very special rates to our learners so that it's much more affordable for you to crochet.

A light and airy scarf, made using Rooster Delightful Lace yarn

Heavenly Hookers

CLP's Heavenly Hookers have two groups that have meet-ups each week - one in South Oxhey and one in Borehamwood.

The South Oxhey group meets every Wednesday at The Heavenly Arts and Crafts Cafe from 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm.  It costs just £2.00 to cover refreshments and we all bring our own projects to work on. 

The Borehamwood group meets every Sunday at The Community Shop in Leeming Road from 10.00 am - 12.30 pm.  It costs £2.50 to cover venue hire and refreshment.  Again, we all bring our own projects to work on

Everybody is welcome, provided you can already crochet, because they are not taught groups.

How to book

If you would like to book for either the beginner's or improver's course, or find out more about the weekly meet-ups, contact Elizabeth Borg on clpfamilyfun@gmail.com or 07771 99 28 95.  We look forward to hearing from you :-)

*The two courses are completely FREE if you meet eligibility criteria because Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England.  To be eligibile you need to be aged 19+, living in Hertfordshire, not working, unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week.
The course is completely FREE if you meet eligibility criteria because Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England. - See more at: http://communitylearningpartnershipcourses.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.M2bt4RqG.dpuf
The course is completely FREE if you meet eligibility criteria because Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England. - See more at: http://communitylearningpartnershipcourses.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.M2bt4RqG.dpuf
The course is completely FREE if you meet eligibility criteria because Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England. - See more at: http://communitylearningpartnershipcourses.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.M2bt4RqG.dpuf


Digital textiles

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Create unique fashion and home items

How often have you walked down the street with your new bag and passed at least one person carrying exactly the same one?  Well, there's no danger of that on this course because everything you make will be unique!

*FREE 4-week course

Start date:  Thursday, 5th February 2015

Time:  9.30 am - 12.00 pm

Place:  Heavenly Arts and Crafts Cafe, Watford WD19 6JD

*  eligibility criteria apply.  You will need to be aged 19+; eligible to work in the UK, but be unemployed, not working or working less than 16 hours 
    per week.  You will also need to be living in Hertfordshire in the general Watford area.

This FREE 4-week course will teach you new digital skills so that you can design your own projects, using collage, pictures or even photos of your loved ones and family pets.  You'll be introduced to free online apps that will enable you to alter the images, so you can create the style and colour to suit your own taste.  Then, it's just a case of printing out the image on to artist transfer paper and ironing it on to your tote bag or t-shirt.  If you like, you can then funk it up even more with applique, embroidery or hand-drawn doodles.

No previous experience required as you will be taught everything you need to know by our fab tutor, William Doust.  He will give you all the support you need to create something to feel proud of.

Just to give you some ideas, here are a few examples of what's achievable:

Cheryl's puppy, Poppy,...and it really is puppy love!



A collage of Alexandra's daughter, Viola, and her favourite things
Alexandra's daughter, Fenella, in black & white























Book now!


To find out more or book a place on this fab, free course, and create unique accessories with the WOW! factor,  then just contact Elizabeth on 07771 99 28 95 or clpfamilyfun@gmail.com

The course is completely FREE if you meet eligibility criteria because Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England.



Family Fun with Dr Who

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Family Fun with Dr Who

 


This fab course is for children aged 5-12, each accompanied by their dad or another adult male relative - so it could be a step-dad, grandfather or uncle, for example.  We know it's often difficult for many guys to make family fun sessions on a weekday, so we're running this one on Saturday mornings just for you!!

Start date:  Saturday, 31st January 2015
Time:  10.00 am - 12.30 pm
Place:  St Martin's Church, South Oxhey WD19 6JD
Number of sessions:  4

It's completely FREE as it's funded by our friends at Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS)!

Peter Capaldi

Ok, I will admit it.....I have been sulking since David Tennant left Dr Who. This sulk has been going on for years, in fact.   But this summer, I decided enough was enough.  We've got a new Doctor, so I've given him a chance, and guess what?  I rather like him!!  So much so, in fact, that we've been busy planning a brand new Family Fun course.

Dr Who activities


On this 4-week course, we're going to be:-

  • making a TARDIS out of a shoebox
  • Creating a digital design to print out on to your own tote bags
  • Making a unique Dr Who board game
                                                       making a Dr Who board game

What's the course like?

Well, naturally, we think it's really good fun.  It will give you the chance to spend quality time together with your child, getting creative and making Dr Who stuff that you can take home and keep.  It will be really laid-back and chilled, and  create some lovely family memories.  But don't take our word for it.  Here's what some of the families who took part in the pilot course said:
"Really excellent course.  Tutors were both excellent and we had a great time!" - Vicki
"I spent quality time with my kids." - Mark

Do you want to take part?


All you have to do is contact Elizabeth Borg to book your place

Phone:  020 8421 5544
Mobile:  07771 99 28 95
Email:  clpfamilyfun@gmail.com

Places are limited to 12 families from the Three Rivers/Watford area, so if you want to join us, please make sure you contact Elizabeth as soon as possible.







Literacy Takeaway Kit

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New Year; New You!

Have you made any new year's resolutions?  Maybe to go to the gym more; lose weight; give up biscuits; make money...apparently, these are the most popular resolutions made - evidenced by the vast numbers of people using Google's search engine on New Year's Day, seeking solutions to these very issues!

If you're anything like me, none of these resolutions lasts for very long as we return to work or our usual routines, and 'real life' kicks in.  In my case, it's about 11 am when my tummy begins to rumble!

At CLP, we're giving you the opportunity to make a New Year's Resolution that :

  • is achievable; 
  • doesn't cost you anything;
  • enables you to use your creativity;
  • will bring you a great deal of pleasure;
  • builds skills and experience;
  • helps local families.

Why not make a resolution that will benefit you and local families!


How would you feel about resolving to join Elizabeth Borg and William Doust at CLP for a six-week course that would enable you to enrich the lives of parents/carers and their children, bringing the joy of shared reading and activities such as those you've already experienced on one of CLP's fab Family Fun Storysack courses?  We were so inspired by the games and resources that you made for your own children, that we thought it would be fantastic if we could put our combined talents together and make storysacks for other families!

The course will support you to make storysacks for parents/carers in the South Oxhey area to borrow so that they can develop a love of reading together, and nurture their children to gain key literacy skills.  We will also be putting content online so that many more families from near and far can learn how to make and enjoy them, too.

In return, we will build and develop your skills that would look really good on your CV, as well as giving you the feelgood factor that comes from helping others.  And, of course, there will be plenty of teas, coffees and biscuits.

Get the Feelgood Factor Now!
Literacy Takeaway Kit
We start on Friday, 16th January for 6 weeks with each session running from 9.30 am - 12.00 pm. You'll also be lovely and comfy as it's being held in our vintage-styled Heavenly Arts and Crafts Cafe, which is based at St Martin's Church in South Oxhey.

Interested?  Contact me on 07771 99 28 95 or by email on clpfamilyfun@gmail.com

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.  There are only limited places, so please be quick so that you're not disappointed!!

Let's resolve to make a difference together this year.

Best wishes,

Elizabeth <3







NEW Arts & Crafts Courses for CLP!

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CLP has been awarded an ESF Community Grant, and we're able to offer you some FREE 4-week arts and crafts courses!!  You can choose from the following:

Vintage Easter Sewing
Starts Thursday, 5th  March 2015
12.30 pm - 3.00 pm
Learn new stitches and techniques to make some vintage-styled Easter projects with our hugely-talented textiles tutor Paula Watkins.  You can see more of her amazing work on www.paulawatkins.co.uk.

      "I have enjoyed meeting new people and learning new skills as I have never done any sewing before...Paula has been very patient with me and she's a great teacher"  - Michelle

Digital Textiles
Starts Thursday, 5th February 2015
9.30 am - 12.00 pm
This is a very popular course, combining arts & crafts with technology. If you can cut up paper images to make a collage, and press a button to turn something on, then our techy and creative William Doust will teach you the rest! You will be amazed at the personalised images you can create and transfer on to items in a very short space of time. How about a tote bag with a picture of your family or pet printed on it? That would be a unique fashion accessory for you or would make a lovely gift.



Crochet for Beginners
Starts Friday, 6th March 2015
9.30 am - 12.00 pm
If you're longing to be able to crochet, but haven't got a clue where to start, then this is the course for you!  It's for absolute beginners with no previous knowledge or experience. You will learn how to hold the hook and yarn, as well as the basic stitches needed to make granny squares.  Taught by friendly and patient tutor, Elizabeth Borg.

                                       
After just 4 sessions, you could make a cushion like this in your choice of colours :-)

Intermediate Crochet
Starts Wednesday, 4th March 2015
9.30 am - 12.00 pm
This course is for you if you've already got the basics and can confidently chain and make doubles and trebles. You can probably make granny squares but want to learn new techniques and stitches. Again, this one is taught by Elizabeth Borg.

Each of the courses has been designed to enable you to build your confidence as you learn new skills, and enjoy creative time with like-minded people.  Although the courses are free,  eligibility criteria do apply.  You will need to be:
  • Unemployed OR not working, OR working less than 16 hours per week
  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • Aged 19+
  • Living in South Oxhey or surrounding areas
If you can answer 'yes' to the above questions, why not try your hand at a new skill?  All of the courses will be run in our vintage-styled Heavenly Arts and Crafts Cafe, based at St Martin's Church in South Oxhey.

Community Grants are funded by the ESF and the Skills Funding Agency. TCHC is the Grant Coordinating Body for ESF Community Grants in the East of England.










Beyond PowerPoint

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Beyond PowerPoint is a two day workshop that is delivered in partnership between Community Learning Partnership & William Doust. 

You will learn how to:
  • develop a verbal project summary/elevator pitch
  • use a one page planning tool so you don't miss a trick! 
  • integrate persuasion/psychological principles
  • combine various structural elements
  • plan & assess the most effective ways to showcase your work/project
  • develop & Test your content against various criteria for greater impact
  • deploy analytical models at key stages that will increase engagement
  • understand & use deconstruction to fortify your project showcase
  • understand & deploy the power of prototypes in planning your project showcase 
Cost: £80 (over 50% discount)

 Date: Sat & Sun 15-16 of March 2014

Time: 1.00pm registration; 1.30pm sharp start. End: 5.00pm

 Venue: Community Learning Partnership Arts Cafe, C/O St Martin's Church, Muirfield Road, South Oxhey, Watford, WD19 6JD (google map).

Nearest Station to venue: Carpenders Park (overground or Bakerloo), turn left on your way out (down the ramp). 

Connecting Stations from London: Euston or Willesden Junction - towards Watford.

Taxi rank: outside the station

 snacks & refreshments: will be provided.

Prerequisite
  • A project in mind that you wish to develop
  • An open & curious mind
  • The will to do some homework after each day of the workshop

This workshop will not teach you...
  • How to use PowerPoint itself
  • How to use graphic packages/image editing to bring together visual elements
  • How to use slide projectors or other technology to run your presentation

What People have said about the workshop...


"We feel much more confident now!...William has been very supportive with this learning experience. We would recommend him" 
- Watford Rape Crisis, core team -

 "I never believed you at the time, but now you can't stop me presenting & speaking in public!! You gave me confidence in myself, and that is more powerful than many of the superficial types of courses on the market that only skim the surface. Thank you so much for helping me to find my voice!"
- Elizabeth Borg, Director of Community Learning Partnership -


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