Community, family, creative and cultural learning

Meet new people, increase your confidence and improve your health and wellbeing

Parent in a cardboard house smiling as a young child paints the parent's nose

Skills for your family, a new job or your own happiness

Want to learn something new or build an interest? Join one of our courses! Our courses are innovative and engaging. We can help you start a new job or learn for your own happiness.

Connect with others: our courses can help improve your language, life skills and wellbeing.

Learning with us: Our courses are in-person at a learning location, online or a blend of both online and in-person learning.

Our learning locations in Waltham Forest include libraries, community centres, heritage sites and parks. You can learn throughout the year with us: evenings, weekends, half-terms and school holidays.

We have four programme areas:

  • Careers for all
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Culture and creative
  • Family learning.

Careers for all

From digital inclusion workshops to introductory ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) for parents, our careers for all programme supports your goals. We can help you become a volunteer, get the right skills for a new job, or get back into regular work.

Health and wellbeing

Our health and wellbeing programme includes gardening, fitness and dance, self-development, mindfulness, yoga and textiles courses. Not sure where to start? Join one of our popular workshops or taster sessions.

We also have a social prescribing programme.

Culture and creative

Our culture and creative programme builds on our strong partnerships in Waltham Forest. Our courses in art, culture and heritage will increase your cultural awareness.

Family learning

Our family learning courses and workshops are a great way for families to learn together. They are for children with their parents/carers/any adult relative over the age of 18.

Meet and share experiences with other families: you’ll gain new knowledge and increase your understanding of how to support your child’s learning. Example courses include creative arts and crafts, dance, mindfulness and sing and sign.

Our courses for parents will improve your skills and help you understand how your child learns and their school curriculum. Topics include: parenting, phonics, reading creatively, safety online, everyday English and keeping up with your children’s math or English.

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What our learners say

‘Brilliant course, I found the teacher very knowledgeable and helpful, my confidence has increased, and I know I will feel more confident helping my kids.’

Learner, Families Make and Create craft workshop

‘Our teacher was amazing; she supported us very well: if we couldn’t understand something she taught us again to ensure we were confident. The course was an amazing experience: [it’s given me] an incredible increase in my knowledge and confidence so that I can support my child [pictured above] with his schoolwork.’

Sabahat, Keeping up with the children (maths) learner

‘The course challenged me in more ways than I could’ve imagined. Since attending the course, I find that I’m a better listener to my kids. Overall, I genuinely feel like a better parent who’s more confident and no longer totally lost.’

Elena, Calm Parents Calm Children learner

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Start a course

Find your course today: explore our prospectus and course listings

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About us

Our diverse team has highly experienced education professionals. They have developed and delivered award-winning learning and training for over twenty years. They are skilled at community engagement and understanding the needs, interests, aspirations, priorities and strengths of our local communities.

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Become a learning partner

‘Parents say that they see the school as a place that they have real connections with through spending time on a course. They have made new friendships with fellow parents that they wouldn’t have done otherwise.’

Local school, Waltham Forest

We provide tailored courses for parents and carers in schools, children’s centres and other local organisations.

We can work with your organisation to offer free, short non-qualification courses in a variety of areas. Please email Adult.Learning@walthamforest.gov.uk for more information about partnering with us.

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