It’s that time of year again…..

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Adult Learning Classes Starting Sept 14


It’s that time of year again. Are you going to while away some of the winter hours by picking up a new skill? Master new technology?

As ever, there is a variety of courses on offer during evening or daytime at Stonehaven Community Centre and other venues in Stonehaven and Inverbervie.

There is a variety of Computing classes (both beginners and refresher courses) as well as Digital Photography and an introduction to using online services (using Skype, online security, shopping on line etc                                                                   For those who want to learn craft skills, there are classes in Upholstery/Furniture Restoration, Woodwork and Woodturning. Those with a thirst for creativity can choose Water Colours, Floral Art, Drug Proof Your Kids or Creative Writing. There are classes in French, Sign language as well as in Yoga.

These classes will start and run early September

For further information and bookings, please contact the Community Centre.

Other Adult Learning Opportunities

Family learning opportunities include PEEP (Parents as Early Education Partners), which encourages parent/child interaction, to promote early literacy skills.  Access to this programme is through referral by health visitors or other professionals.  Other programmes may be offered as required.

Literacy learning is on offer to anyone who would like to brush up their skills in reading, writing, and number work or basic IT.  Access to this learning opportunity can be by self-referral or through any other interested agency.  This support is generally offered on a one to one basis using trained literacy volunteers.  There is a training course for new volunteers starting in mid-September which will increase our capacity to support individuals in this area.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is another important area of work.  CLD’s role in the provision of ESOL is to provide basic survival English for those who have come to live in this area.  Provision may be either on a one to one basis or in small groups depending on the demand at any time.

Mearns Writers

Adult learners from the Mearns area will join to present for the first time “Having The Last Word”, on Tuesday, 30 September at the Station Hotel, Stonehaven – a free evening of light-hearted verse, intriguing stories and much more.

The evening involves members of two popular writing groups, both led by Alistair Lawrie, as part of Aberdeenshire Council’s weekly Adult Learning classes. The evening is part of  a series of events across Aberdeenshire called the “New Words Festival” which celebrates writing across the North East of Scotland under the overall coordination of  North East Writers

Youth Work

We run several youth work opportunities throughout the week for secondary school young people – all welcome. There is an S2 Youth Group on Tue (7pm to 9pm), an S1 Youth Group on a Wed (7pm to 9pm) and a Drop In Youth Café on a Friday (7pm – 9pm).  These involve a variety of activities which the young people plan and participate in eg fashion show, cooking, come dine with me night, mock sales, fundraising for trips and information and advice from Drugs Action.

Throughout the year we also have other groups – Our ‘More Choice More Chances’ groups are set up to work with young people to build their skills for the job market – CV building, interview skills, team work etc, Youth Forum (S1 to S6) meet Tue 3.40pm to 5pm (K&M Youth Forum Monthly) to debate and discuss youth issues relevant to them; currently they are working on a film to tackle bullying issues and producing a phone ‘App’ for youth information in the K & M area. Baby Think It Over – is delivered once a year with health, school and social work partners, looking at sexual health, relationships and the law and the responsibility involved in being a parent.  There is the opportunity of having a baby simulator for the weekend.1 to 1 Support is given to identified young people needing extra help in key areas. We organise Peer Education where at our S1s meet to research ‘social media’ and the young people prepare presentations to be delivered to the Primary Schools in the Stonehaven Network.

At our Primary 7 Transition Youth Group 12 Feb to 28 May 2015 – young people moving from primary to secondary school have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with Mackie Academy, meet other P7s, gain confidence and new skills.

Stonehaven Community Centre, Bath St, Stonehaven AB39 2DH

Tel 01569 762688 – Web –






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