Nearly 50 people signed up for the summer Community Learning Programme run by WDH in partnership with Wakefield Council’s Adult and Community Education Service.
A total of 48 people attended a range of free courses, with 25 of them achieving an accreditation certificate.
More than 100 people enquired about the seven different courses, two of which – Paediatric First Aid and Basic Home Maintenance – were held twice. The First Aid course, held at Normanton and Knottingley, and a sewing skills course in Ossett proved to be the most popular.
Feedback was positive, with people saying they had increased their confidence as a result, enjoyed gaining new skills and making new friends. Many said they would be keen to try new courses.
Davi Garahan, WDH Engagement Officer, said: “This is a unique partnership and it’s a great example of two organisations sharing resources that ultimately benefits our tenants and the local community.
“We are certainly hoping to run something similar again next year. The fact that we have been able to offer accredited courses free of charge – and that they were taken up - is really positive.
“We have learned quite a lot too, as we have gone along. Quite a few people said the courses weren’t long enough and were sad when they ended.”
Plans are underway to develop the Community Learning Programme for 2015. If you want to register your interest contact the Engagement Team on 01977 788647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org