Community Outreach in adult learning

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Community Outreach courses provide free learning opportunities to help adults who are unemployed or have difficulty accessing learning to navigate towards a brighter future.

Any of our free Community Outreach courses are open to people who face life challenges that are impacting their every day, such as homelessness, unemployment and those on low incomes and income support.

There are Mind, Body and Soul classes to provide life balance, and we've tailored employability courses depending on whether you are newly unemployed or have been out of work for more than 12 months.

Attending a course with others will help increase confidence, build knowledge and skills and provide an enjoyable learning experience.

Courses are free to adults aged 19 and above on the start date of the course (subject to eligibility) and are not dependent on a Surrey address as all courses are currently running online. We welcome people from London boroughs in particular as some of our funding comes from the GLA.

Mind, Body and Soul

We have devised a programme called Mind, Body and Soul which provides 3-week sessions across a range of topics to encourage people to look after themselves and support positive wellbeing.

Topics include managing stress and learning calming techniques, relaxation through Tai Chi, creativity through art and healthy cookery on a budget.

Enrol on a Mind, Body and Soul course

Employability courses

Getting Started

If you have been unemployed for 12 months or more it is possible that you'll want extra support having been out of the job market for a while and our free Getting Started programme is designed for you.

This series of courses will help with job searching, identifying your skills and applying for jobs. It also includes Money Matters courses which will help you with budget management and making good financial decisions.

Enrol on a Getting Started course

Skills for Work

If you have been unemployed for less than 12 months you may benefit from our free Skills for Work courses to help you get back into employment quickly, to refresh your skills or retrain.

Find out about Skills for Work courses

Contact

If you want to discuss whether the Community Outreach courses are right for you contact us via email adultlearning@surreycc.gov.uk or call 0300 200 1044.

Next steps and continuing your learning

When you have completed your Mind, Body and Soul course you may wish to move on to an employability course as described above, depending on whether you have been unemployed for more than 12 months or less than 12 months.

You may be interested in developing your computing and IT skills, including looking at computer basics and gaining an accredited qualification in essential digital skills.

Find out more about Computing & IT courses

There are many other courses available from Surrey Adult Learning and from other providers to help build your knowledge and skills.

Find out about other adult learning options