CALAT Croydon Adult Learning and Training

Independent Living

Courses for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities

Overview

CALAT has an exciting range of courses to help you work towards employment and gain qualifications, develop English, maths and creativity skills and improve your wellbeing. You’ll also make new friends and have lots of fun! 

Courses

We offer courses in four areas:

Health & Wellbeing

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in using essential oils to improve their general health and well-being naturally.

What will I learn?

  • Essential oils have been used throughout human history
  • How essential oils work, are used, how they are grown and processed
  • Identify the benefits of using essential oils
  • To choose the right oils for your needs and incorporate them in your daily life
  • Discuss the quality essential oils and the different types
  • Explain what carrier oils do as well as identify the various types
  • Identify the risks and safety precautions when using aromatherapy oils

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

If you bring your phone remember to charge it before the lesson!
If you do not have a phone you can use a computer at CALAT.
Apron, pen and folder

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Gain knowledge of how to use essential oils to improve your wellbeing
  • Develop basic practical skills in blending oils
  • Use your ICT skills to research tried and tested essential oil remedies online
  • Improve your confidence in working as part of a group

Course requirements:

  • Have an interest in health and well-being

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who are interested in art and would like to learn about different collage and printmaking techniques. You will make a wide range of artworks and explore colour, shape and pattern in different ways. Self-expression and working from the imagination will be encouraged alongside more structured projects. The course is suitable for beginners and more experienced learners.

What will I learn?

  • Look at and learn about different artists and their work
  • Use a wide variety of materials to make prints and collages
  • Work from observation and imagination to create art works

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Your own apron and pen each week.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Increase your well-being, sense of achievement and confidence through the creative process.
  • Meet new people, develop social skills and make friends.
  • Through exploring and experimenting with new materials and ideas you will develop confidence to try new things.
  • Develop life skills – time management, following routines, problem solving, decision making, planning, creative thinking, making choices, participating in group activities/group discussion and assessing your own progress

Course requirements:

  • Show interest and commitment to the course
  • Follow health and safety rules at all times
  • Not mind getting messy when making some art works

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This 15 week course is for learners who would like to improve their general well-being in mind and body. You will develop flexibility and strength, improve your posture and learn ways to relax through different breathing techniques. Exercises will be based around Chair Yoga, and you will work within your own ability and at your own pace. You will also learn how to use yoga props such as belts and blocks to support you in your yoga practise. Each session will finish with a simple relaxation or meditation.

What will I learn?

  • How to practise simple chair based yoga exercises that will help develop flexibility , strength and balance.
  • Use the breath in different ways to help you relax and refresh
    Improve your posture.
  • Participate in a simple meditation or relaxation technique to help you feel calm and peaceful.
  • Identify simple exercises you can practise at home if you wish.

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A yoga mat if you have one and wear loose clothing.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Develop your physical and mental wellbeing through a range of different exercises.
  • Improve your posture and confidence.
  • Gain a general feeling of improved health.
  • Learn ways to calm, relax and refresh by using simple breathing exercises.
  • Meet new people, develop social skills and make friends.
  • Develop life skills – following instructions, time management, managing your own learning, participating in group activities/group discussion and assessing your own progress.

Course requirements:

There are no special requirements for this course and it is open to all.

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to get fit by dancing and following a weekly healthy eating plan.

What will I learn?

  • Plan weekly healthy meals
  • Understand the foods that are good for you
  • Understand how dancing helps your body and mind
  • Keep fit through dance
  • Control breathing

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A large bottle of water, an exercise mat and a small towel.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Learn how to make healthier choices with food
  • Gain confidence in learning new dance moves
  • Build friendships with other learners
  • Improve my health and fitness

Course requirements:

You must be able to follow simple instructions.

Location:

Cherry Hub

Who is this course for?

This short 5 week textile course is for learners who would like to develop their design and sewing skills in this one off personal project. Express yourself by experimenting with colour, shape and pattern. Learners, who like to paint, draw and make things, will enjoy this course.

What will I learn?

  • How to mix a range of colours for fabric painting and printing
  • Make monoprints and screen prints onto fabric
  • Use the sewing machine with support to complete your cushion cover
  • Make simple stitches by hand to sew up your cushion cover

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Your own apron and pen each week.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Improve your general well-being through creativity
  • Develop confidence through achievement
  • Enjoy time and space to express yourself through the creative process
  • Meet new people, develop social skills and make friends
  • Develop life skills – following instructions, time management, managing your own learning, problem solving, participating in group activities/group discussion and assessing your own progress

Course requirements:

  • Show interest and commitment to the course
  • Printing can be messy – you must not mind this if you are going to join this course

Location:

Strand House, Thornton Heath

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to work outdoors planting their own fruit, vegetables and flowers and tasting what they grow.

What will I learn?

To make your own compost and use tools safely. To grow plants in soil and in water.  To save your own seeds and to grow flowers and vegetables from seeds.

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Folder, pen, gardening gloves. Something for the compost bin each week.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • improve your physical and mental health
  • develop your skills and confidence in growing plants at home
  • improve your writing and maths skills
  • build friendships with other learners

Course requirements:

There are no special requirements for entry on to this course.

Location:

Good Food Matters, New Addington

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to learn skills in baking, decorating and presentation

What will I learn?

How to measure and weigh ingredients, to decorate cakes, work as part of a team and independently, food hygiene, health and safety in the kitchen and healthy options in baking.

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

An apron, folder, pen, ingredients, tea towel and container.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • develop your confidence in cooking
  • learn how baking can be fun and relaxing
  • build friendships with other learners
  • improve your maths skills

Course requirements:

You must be able to use a sharp knife correctly with or without support. Follow a simple instruction sheet with or without support.

Location:

Cherry Hub

Who is this course for?

The course is for learners who want to improve their digital photo skills and take photos as a hobby.

What will I learn?

  • Take photos and make videos with smart phone/iPad and tablets
  • Upload and download photos and videos
  • Share your photos and videos
  • Keep the nice memories of your photos

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A smartphone or tablet, folder, pen and inquiring mind.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Develop confidence – being able to capture beautiful scenes
  • Motivation – enjoying capturing the memories
  • Develop knowledge – of taking good photos and sharing them digitally

Course requirements:

This course is for learners new to digital photography.

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

The course is for learners who have completed an Introduction to Photography. If you enjoyed it and think you can learn more techniques and work hard together, then bring your camera and some ideas and let’s go!

What will I learn?

  • Take photos and make videos with smart phone/iPad and tablets
  • Upload and download photos and videos
  • Share your photos and videos
  • Keep the nice memories of your photos

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A smartphone or tablet, folder, pen and inquiring mind.

How will this course benefit me?

You will gain:

  • Confidence – understand your smartphone camera and all the things it can do.
  • Motivation – see things in a new way and be excited about the photographs you are making.
  • Knowledge – of how to take good photos, share them digitally and be able to talk about them in a group.

Course requirements:

This course is for learners who have completed the Introduction to Digital Photography course or have good smartphone skills and own a good, working smartphone, tablet or digital camera.

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to learn about looking after their hair and skin.

What will I learn?

  • How to use basic skills for healthy hair
  • use the right products for your hair and skin
  • apply products to your hair and skin
  • Recognise products that are not so good for hair and skin

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A folder, a pen and a notebook.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Develop confidence in managing your hair and skin care
  • Have the opportunity to try some products
  • Gain knowledge about what is good for you hair and skin
  • Build friendships with other learners

Course requirements:

You must be able to follow simple instructions.

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to design and make mosaics. The course is suitable for beginners and more experienced learners, who want to develop their mosaic skills through working on their own more challenging projects.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to make a range of mosaics projects using the correct equipment and following health and safety rules.

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

All the necessary equipment will be provided for you to complete this course.

How will this course benefit me?

You will develop:

  • communication skills and confidence, and increase your well-being and sense of achievement through the creative process
  • your literacy and numeracy skills through various activities – group discussions, quizzes, using shapes, sorting colours, tiles, and textures, and recording your own progress
  • your design skills and use of colour, pattern and shape
  • the ability to evaluate your own progress and move forward in your work

Course requirements:

There are no special requirements for entry on to this course.

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to like to sing music, play some rhythms, share musical ideas and preferences and would like to record music or play back.

What will I learn?

  • Singing 
  • Playing percussion (hitting instruments)
  • Making instruments
  • Recording music
  • Group skills
  • Listening skills
  • Developing self-confidence

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A folder to keep lyrics and notes in.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Develop listening skills
  • Develop communication (group and turn-taking skills)
  • Have fun singing songs and talking about music you like.
  • Develop your inner-confidence, self-esteem and voice.
  • Make friends

Course requirements:

There are no entry requirements and you do not need to think of yourself as a good singer, BUT an interest in music would be helpful.

Location:

Croydon Clocktower

Who is this course for?

This course is for creative and imaginative people who would like to listen to and make up stories and then turn them into a film for show to family and friends. It is for people who feel they need their self-confidence and communication skills improved. You will create and express yourself in a safe and supportive environment.

What will I learn?

  • To write a short story using workshops and acting skills turning this into a film.
  • Identify and plan what goes into a story (character, place, action, narrative structure).
  • Act using your face, body and voice, expressing a range of emotions and meanings.
  • Use technology to film.
  • Direct a little: leading individuals or groups of people, or where best to put cameras when making a film.
  • Use different practical skills: acting, using non-verbal communication to make meaning (body language, gesture, facial expression) group skills, listening skills, developing Self-confidence.
  • Literacy skills: you do not need to be able to write (the tutor can help you communicate and write a story in other ways), but if you can, you can develop your writing and planning, text-review and communication skills when putting together your work as part of a team.
  • Make your voice and ideas heard and valued.
  • Perform on camera: as part of a group, in pairs, and provide feedback

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A folder to keep any papers we use to plan.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Develop listening skills
  • Develop communication (non-verbal, and turn-taking skills)
  • Have fun performing on film
  • Have fun creating a piece of drama
  • Develop your inner-confidence, self-esteem and voice
  • Make friends
  • Get fit! (It’s quite an active class)

Course requirements:

There are no entry requirements: open to those who can communicate with words, gestures, facial expressions, or other signs, and to those who can’t.

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

The course is for learners who want to learn how to sew and improve their sewing skills – and sew as a hobby!

What will I learn?

  • The basics of sewing
  • How to Hand Sew
  • Fabric preparation
  • Types of Hand Sewing Stitches
  • How to do Embroidery
  • How to sew with the machine

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A sewing box, pen and folder, enthusiasm and an inquiring mind.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Learn how Embroidery helps you create works of art one stitch at a time.
  • How to sew a button – if you only learn one skill, then make it this one! It might save the day if you have a fashion emergency.
  • How to sew a hem – hemming a pair of trousers is an essential skill for those of us who struggle to buy trousers off the shelf.
  • Recycle your clothes to HELP the Planet!

Course requirements:

You must be able to follow simple instructions and commit to come to the 30 weeks of the course on time each week unless there is an emergency.

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to improve their fitness, learn more about their environment, become more confident and have fun.

What will I learn?

  • How to keep yourself safe walking in different environments and conditions.
  • What to wear and what to bring on a ramble.
  • How to use spotter sheets to identify different plants and wildlife during the different seasons.
  • To track your walk your walk using an app or a smartwatch.

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A hands free rucksack, bottle of water, healthy snack, (optional) packet of tissues, hand sanitiser and face mask.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
  • increase your stamina
  • develop your knowledge of plants and animals
  • feel less stressed and sleep better
  • build friendships with other learners

Course requirements:

You must be able to walk outdoors for up to three hours without access to toilets.  You must be able to travel on public transport with or without support.

Location:

Out and about, meet up at Croydon Clocktower

English

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who want to develop their computer skills and their written and spoken communication skills.

What will I learn?

  • to log on, find and save work on a computer
  • to use Microsoft word, PowerPoint, Publisher and the internet
  • how to insert pictures from different places
  • to make cards, calendars, posters and make a presentation on the computer
  • to develop your English and Maths skills

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A folder and pen.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • be able to transfer your skills to use at home

  • develop your confidence in using IT

Course requirements:

You must have basic IT skills and know how to use a mouse and a keyboard.

Location:

New Addington Library

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to develop their confidence in learning how to use new technology such as a video camera on smartphones and iPads/tablets.

What will I learn?

  • to take photos and make videos with smart phone/iPad and tablets
  • upload and download photos and videos
  • use multimedia to do everyday tasks e.g. shopping
  • how to use social media safely
  • send and receive text messages
  • use social media to stay in touch with family and friends
  • video conference Zoom and Skype
  • quick reference code reading
  • to use WhatsApp and Emails

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A smartphone or tablet, folder and pen.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • be able to transfer your skills to use at home

  • develop your confidence in using multi-media

Course requirements:

You must have access to a smartphone or tablet for use at home and on the course.

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who want to improve their knowledge of the world around them.

What will I learn?

You will learn about the geography of the UK, different climates and weather around the world, how climate change is affecting us and what we can do about it. You will also learn about map reading.

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A folder and pen.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • improve your general knowledge and problem solving
  • improve your speaking and listening, reading and writing skill

Course requirements:

You must be working towards entry 2 English or above.

Location:

New Addington Library

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who want to improve their knowledge of the past and how the past affects us today.

What will I learn?

  • Find out about different important historical events.
  • Find out about the hidden history of nursery rhymes which have been around for 100s of years. Many were inspired by historical events, from the cheerful imagery of “The Muffin Man” to horrible plagues, murder and betrayal. 
  • Learn about different people’s lives that have made a difference to us today.
  • Understand more about some ancient civilizations  

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Folder and pen.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Improve your general knowledge.
  • Understand how history has shaped the world we live in.
  • Understand how the history has brought about democracy and the basis of many of our fundamental values of today.
  • Improved reading and writing,                
  • Improved vocabulary

Course requirements:

You must be working towards entry 2 English or above

Location:

Online

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who wish to be an ambassador for CALAT in the local community and an advocate for CALAT ALDD learners.

What will I learn?

  • How to liaise with your peers
  • Advocate for your peers
  • How to speak publicly

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A pen, notepad and your voice.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Improve your self-confidence and ability to speak in public
  • Develop your independent living skill

Course requirements:

  • Follow the learner code of conduct
  • Be a role model to others
  • Be honest and truthful
  • Have good attendance and be punctual

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This course is for everyone who likes to participate in group discussions and activities.

What will I learn?

  • To express your views and choices
  • Listen to the opinions of others.
  • Improve your confidence in a group.
  • Recognise that others have different views to your own.
  • Speak up for yourself.
  • Use your ICT skills to research new stories.
  • Outline main points of a discussion.
  • Take part in discussions on both local and international subjects.
  • Improve your reading and writing.
  • Explore the different types of newspapers.
  • Understand the features of a news report.
  • Create a Newspaper!
  • To use Google Classroom

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Folder and pen, phone and newspapers.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • You will become more knowledgeable about what is happening in the United Kingdom and around the Word
  • Understand that news keeps us informed of changes that happen in our daily lives
  • Can improve your social and communication skills with family and friends.

Course requirements:

  • Enjoy being in a group.
  • Commit to come to class every week.
  • Be able to follow simple verbal instructions.
  • To follow basic ICT skills

Location:

New Addington Library

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who want to improve their social skills and learn how to form and make new relationships.

What will I learn?

  • about different types of relationships
  • how to interact with different groups of people and take part in fun role play activities
  • how to deal with problems in relationships
  • how to stay safe when going out to meet friends
  • how to manage your own sexual health

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

A folder, notepad and pen.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • develop the confidence to form and manage personal relationships

  • improve your problem-solving, speaking and listening skills and employability skills

Course requirements:

You must be working at entry 2 English or above.

Location:

Strand House

Maths

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to develop their cookery skills to enable them to cook independently.

What will I learn?

  • You will learn how to use different practical skills; creaming, rubbing in, all in one, make a sauce, bread making.
  • You will learn to use different cooking methods, boiling, baking, frying and grilling.
  • Cook fun and tasty dishes for yourself, your family and friends.
  • Plan your own balanced diet.
  • Be safe in the kitchen.
  • Evaluate your own dish.

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Folder and pen, apron, tea towel and ingredients.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Be able to transfer your skills to the home and cook for yourself
  • Develop your confidence in cooking
  • Realise how cooking can be fun and relaxing
  • Build friendships with other learners

Course requirements:

You must be able to use a sharp knife safely and make a sandwich on your own. You must be able to follow two steps of a recipe independently.

Location:

Good Food Matters, New Addington

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to cook and create delicious dishes from all over the world, making anything from Indian delights to classic British favourites.

What will I learn?

  • You will learn how to make tasty and traditional dishes from all around the world.
  • You will learn about different cultures, new ingredients and dishes that will tickle your taste buds. 
  • You will develop your cooking skills and confidence in the kitchen.
  • Cook fun and tasty dishes you can share with friends and family.
  • Be safe and hygienic in the kitchen
  • Evaluate your own dish.

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Folder and pen, apron, tea towel and ingredients.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Become more confident and adventurous in the kitchen
  • Expand your knowledge of foods from all over the world
  • Realise how cooking can be fun, exciting and relaxing
  • Build friendships with other learners

Course requirements:

You must be able to work with sharp knives and equipment safely. Have experience of using the hob and oven. You must be able to follow two steps of a recipe independently.

Location:

Good Food Matters, New Addington

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to develop their maths skills and have the confidence to purchase items giving the correct amount of money or checking change.

What will I learn?

To add 2 or 3 numbers together. Work out the change from £10.00. Share items into fractions. Understand Special Offers in the supermarket. Read a timetable and programme times.

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Folder, pen and writing paper.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • develop the skills and confidence to deal with and use numbers in everyday life

Course requirements:

Working towards entry 2 maths level. 

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners that want to learn how to shop for their own ingredients and cook easy basic meals.

What will I learn?

  • You will learn to improve your maths skills by using your money to buy ingredients.
  • You will learn to cook basic meals on a budget.
  • You will learn food safety and food hygiene in the kitchen.

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Apron, folder, food container, money, tea towel, shopping bag

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • be able to work out what ingredients you can buy on a budget.
  • gain confidence in the kitchen.
  • learn how to be safe in the kitchen.
  • learn how to cook healthy recipes.
  • Develop your maths skills.

Course requirements:

You will be able to work with sharp knives and equipment safely and follow simple instructions.

Location:

Cherry Hub, Whitehorse Road

English and Maths (combined course)

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to gain employment in the field of hospitality, especially in the catering industry.

What will I learn?

  • Look and act the part, depending on your job role
  • Follow health and safety procedures
  • Run a cafeteria and practise your customer service skill
  • Plan and update the café menu each week and write a shopping list

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

An apron and a smile.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • You will develop your reading and learn how to use these in the workplace
  • You will develop your numeracy skills and learn how to use these in the workplace
  • You will develop an action plan to improve your performance

Course requirements:

  • Be working towards Entry level 2 English
  • Be able to make a light lunch
  • Have some knowledge of food hygiene and safety

Location:

Strand House

Pathways to Employment

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who want to learn how to care for themselves and others around them in the local community and Croydon area.

What will I learn?

  • Work as a team to plan activities to help your local community e.g fundraising for local charities
  • Communicate and liaise with local council, charities and community projects in order to lend a hand, fund raise and improve the surroundings of our local environment
  • Look after yourself and learn how to eat a healthy, nutritious and well-balanced diet
  • Cook, prepare and share healthy lunches and snacks with the group
  • Know what to do in an emergency and learn about basic first aid
  • Exercise as a group and participate in a fun seated exercise routine to music every week
  • Develop your speaking and listening skills and how to use these in the workplace
  • Gain valuable work experience and opportunities for future job openings
  • Participate in activities to improve the environment in which we live
  • Learn how to become more independent

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Folder and pen.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

    • Improve your employability skills.
    • Develop confidence in presenting yourself in an interview
    • Be able to create a simple, but effective CV
    • Improve verbal communication skills through discussions in class
    • Improve reading and writing skills by completing application forms.

Course requirements:

  • Working towards Entry level 3 English
  • Interested in helping the local community
  • Prepared to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle
  • Committed to attend class each week

Location:

New Addington library

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who want to improve their employability skills and find a job or voluntary work with a local employer.

What will I learn?

  • Plan for future career development
  • Use the Internet and other sources to search for suitable jobs   
  • Make an excellent impression at an Interview
  • Create a simple CV online
  • Complete an Application Form

What will I need to bring with me to the course?

Folder, notepad and pen.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • Improve your employability skills.
  • Develop confidence in presenting yourself in an interview
  • Be able to create a simple, but effective CV
  • Improve verbal communication skills through discussions in class
  • Improve reading and writing skills by completing application forms.
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Course requirements:

  • Working at Entry Level 2 and above in English
  • Be prepared to use a computer
  • Commit to coming to class on time each week

Location:

Strand House

Dates and Locations

Courses take place at our 3 centres across Croydon: Strand House in Thornton Heath, Croydon Clocktower in Katharine Street in Central Croydon and New Addington Library.

We also deliver some classes at Thornton Heath library, Good Food Matters (New Addington) and Cherry Hub (St James’s Rd).

How to apply

To apply for any of our courses call us on 020 8604 7061 or email independentliving@croydon.gov.uk

New learners will have an interview and assessment to find out your starting point and assess which courses best meet your needs.