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Opportunities to keep learning from home.

Age UK Islington is offering sessions on getting started in IT to adults over 16 free of charge. More information on their website. They are also offering sessions to make your own shadow theatre show on various dates throughout April. Email the team or call our helpline on 020 7281 6018for more details. 

AbilityNet's ITCanHelp volunteers provide free IT support to older people and people with disabilities of any age. Our volunteers can support people located anywhere in the UK. Find out more.

Bags of Taste a running a “virtual course” – a short adventure into the world where food is exciting, inspiring and really delicious, but also easy and really cheap! Their course teaches three “taster” recipes, which have been specially chosen to give you the basic techniques so you can then try many other delicious Bags of Taste £1 recipes. To register for this free course, email [email protected] or call Justin on 07986 04 24 58. 

Coffee and Computers offer free support and resources on using technology. They have a useful guide on making video calls over the internet.

Elizabeth House are offering online learning including IT and employment and cooking.

Freedom Works, personal, professional and business coaching are offering a free 5 month leadership course for people affected by Covid-19.

Founders and Coders coaching is funded by Islington Council and the Greater London Authority. It is aimed at Islington residents who are interested in learning more about HTML, CSS and JavaScript. 

Healthy Generations are offering free and low-cost online classes including a digital class. For more information call Healthy Generations on 0798 114 2376 or email [email protected]

Healthwatch England is offering sessions on money-saving, digital skills and internet safety with parental controls. Details available here

Islington Libraries have a range of online resources including e-books and audio, newspapers and magazines. They are currently celebrating Black History Month with an online gallery.

KMEWO (Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women's Organisation) are offering English as a second language and ICT classes. Email: [email protected]KMEWO.com or call 07412364046.

Laamiga is running the Nefertiti women’s community project which aims to empower and motivate Black, Asian, minority ethnic, refugee and migrant women to gain confidence, reduce feelings of isolation, and set up projects to strengthen their local communities. It is FREE to join Nefertiti.

Open Learning offers free online learning from the Open University.

Peoples Place Community Partnerships (PPCP) is a forward-thinking education, skills-to-job training, and careers development company. They deliver 21st Century Skills training, focussing on providing industry related learning experiences and career development pathways in the IT and digitally creative industries.For more information, ring 020 3298 9370, email [email protected] or visit their website

Radio Garden allows you to explore live radio across the world.

Talk For Health has moved online. It provides user-friendly, talk based routes to wellbeing. Participants can join using their mobiles, laptops or tablets, and those without an internet connection or smartphone can dial-in to join ongoing groups. If you would like further information then please email [email protected] or call/text 0203 409 3201.

Recovery College is offering a range of online courses aimed at teaching you self-care tools which will help you navigate and be in control of your own recovery journey. Current courses include how to get a good nights sleep, understanding anxiety and food for wellbeing. 

Virtual Museum tours - visit leading museums around the world from your own home.

In Union at Union Chapel - a programme that aims to re-connect, support, inspire and empower our local communities to come together, share our stories, be creative and make real positive change. They are launching a number of community arts empowerment projects.

Community Builder Training from Protection ApproachesThis online two-day (or 4 evening), expert led training is aimed at anyone passionate about creating positive change in their communities, and will help them to build their knowledge and skills on what really works to bring people together, tackle injustice, and increase cohesion.

Aimed at children, young people and their parents & carers (but open to anyone!)

BBC Bitesize is has daily lessons and resources aimed at Primary, Secondary and Post 16 pupils.

British Library have some online family activities including a big and small adventure from storyteller Dani Bradstreet.

Islington Council have put lots of useful home learning resources on their website.

Islington Museum have created some creative activity resources for younger children to try at home.

Khan Academy offers free learning resources aimed at children and young people aged 2-18.

Oxford Owl has lots of free online resources to help you teach children at home.

Premier League Primary Stars offers free home learning resources.

The Recovery College offer online mental health and wellbeing courses. They believe that recovery is a journey, not a destination and that we are all students of life. Upcoming courses include Getting a good night's sleep, exercise to feel good, understanding anxiety and nurturing self-compassion.

School's Out 2020 has links to a wide range of learning tools and resources.

Making the most of online learning 

You can stay safe online by taking a small number of security measures that will reduce your exposure to online threats. 

Get support with additional learning needs 

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has been the voice of dyslexic people since 1972. They provide advice for adults, parents, educators and employers. 

If you would like more information or advice please contact us.

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