Meeting the diverse needs of adults with learning difficulties and disabilities (ALDD), our life skills programmes support independence, develop communication and enable problem-solving. Acquiring skills which have a positive impact on everyday life, our ALDD groups engage with and participate in the community, undertaking volunteering and enterprise activities. Designed for adults living independently or in supported living, learners gain confidence, develop social skills and maintain physical and mental wellbeing through participation in course content and enrichment.

Taking place at our Norham Adult Learning Centre, in 2 hours sessions across mornings and afternoons, programmes are available in

  • Independent Cookery Skills
  • Crafting & Enterprise
  • Performing Arts



Informal learning in relaxed and friendly classes to develop personal knowledge, skills and abilities in areas including:

  • Creative Writing & Writing for Health
  • Conversational English (as a second or other language)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish & German)
  • British Sign Language
  • Digital Photography
  • DIY & Maintenance (mixed class)
  • DIY & Maintenance (ladies class)
  • Allotment Development


Ignite Your Potential

This specialist programme has been designed to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to prepare for adulthood offering progressive skills development in areas including:

  • Health
  • Independent living
  • Community inclusion and employment
  • a foundation of English, maths and digital skills.

This programme is specifically developed for young adults aged 16-24 years old who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
We offer a supported pathway to enable each individual to explore what independence means to them, developing life and work skills as appropriate to support their transition into adulthood. Students learn to take an active part in their local community, access fitness and wellbeing activities and engage in volunteering and real work placements developing the skills to live and work independently
Building on individual goals and areas of interest, tutors and learning coaches work in stages with learners gradually building the knowledge
and skills to get the most benefit from their community activities and work placement.
As learners prepare to exit the programme, they are supported in planning for a positive transition appropriate to their goals and interests including to opportunities such as:

  • Work-related training
  • Volunteering
  • NHS Project Choice Internships
  • Full-time or part-time employment

For further course information please click here.

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