Community Learning Opportunities

Forthcoming Learning Opportunities

Updated: 3rd July 2017

These are the learning opportunities currently planned by FoSJP or others in or around St.James' Park - follow the links to find out more about each event.

All events are held at the ParkLife Community Room in St.James' Park unless otherwise stated.

Fri 7 Jul 10.00am - 12 noon FREE Legal Advice Clinic
Fri 8 Sep 10.00am - 12 noon FREE Legal Advice Clinic

There will be no Legal Advice Clinic in August
The Legal Advice Clinic is on the second Friday of September

We're liaising with other training providers with the hope that a range of further accredited courses can be delivered.

If there's an area of learning that you're particularly interested in, please get in touch with our Community Volunteer Coordinator, Marina Murphy, at marina.murphy@fosjp.org.uk.

Visit our Community Groups page for information about regular groups at St.James' Park.

Updated: 24th February 2016

Jennifer Pillinger, an experienced solicitor, holds FREE legal advice clinics at St.James' Park every month. This is an opportunity for you to have a quick informal chat with a qualified solicitor on a wide range of issues such as:
  • Social housing
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Court Proceedings
  • Divorce, Residence & Contact
  • Harassment
  • Debt
  • Welfare Benefits
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First Friday of the Month
10.00am - 12 noon

ParkLife Community Room, St.James' Park

Drop‑in service - first come, first serve - no appointment required

Jennifer has been running monthly FREE legal advice clinics at St.James' Park for almost two years now. The charts below show how many people have been able to take advantage of her experience and time to help them with a range of legal issues, where they come from, and how they heard about her clinics.

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How many people came along? Where did they all come from? How did they hear about us?
Many thanks to Jennifer for being so generous with her time and for helping so many people!

Completed Learning

Updated: 13th February 2017

Dementia Friends Information Session - Monday 13th February 2017

Dementia Friends logo FoSJP is pleased to support a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia.

Pam Robinson, a local Dementia Friends Champion volunteer, ran a FREE "Dementia Friends" Information Session at the ParkLife Community Room in St.James' Park.

The Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends programme is the largest ever initiative to change people's perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks, and acts about the condition. This Information Session was an opportunity for people to come along and learn more about dementia and the small ways in which they can help - from telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone they know who lives with dementia, every action counts.

Accredited First Aid Course - Wednesday 19th October 2016

In October 2016, FoSJP organised a fully‑accredited one‑day First Aid Course, leading to a 3‑year certificate, at the ParkLife Community Room in St.James' Park.

Funded and supported by:

Awards for All FoSJP logo SCC logo

Parents' Emotional First Aid Course - April to May 2016

Between April and May 2016, another Parents' Emotional First Aid Course was held at the ParkLife Community Room for parents who:
  • Find it hard to switch off and relax
  • Think they're the only person that finds it difficult
  • Feel it's hard to cope sometimes
The course started with an Introductory session, followed by a programme of six weekly sessions.

Funded and supported by:

Awards for All FoSJP logo SCC logo

Parents' Emotional First Aid Course - February to March 2015

Between February and March 2015, another Parents' Emotional First Aid Course was held at the ParkLife Community Room for parents who:
  • Find it hard to switch off and relax
  • Think they're the only person that finds it difficult
  • Feel it's hard to cope sometimes
The course started with an Introductory session, followed by a programme of six weekly sessions.

Funded and supported by:

Big Lottery Fund logo FoSJP logo SCC logo

Parents' Emotional First Aid Course - April to June 2014

Between April and June 2014, a Parents' Emotional First Aid Course was held at the ParkLife Community Room for parents who:
  • Find it hard to switch off and relax
  • Think they're the only person that finds it difficult
  • Feel it's hard to cope sometimes
The course started with an Introductory session, followed by a programme of six weekly sessions.
Big Lottery Fund logo
Coxford & District Youth Project
Organised by the Coxford & District Youth Project and supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Feedback from parents who attended this course:

"Self esteem has increased, I am much more positive and able to deal with difficult situations. I have also faced ghosts from the past and now feel free of them."

"Yes, I did and I'm proud I did this course because I was crying for help, I was feeling weak...but all I can say is that I'm feeling a completely different person, feeling so good in myself."

"I gained so much more than I expected to gain. The course has given me so much positive tools to use. I really recommend this course to any parent."

"A great deal of passion to change the way I approach stress, anxiety and anger. A greater understanding that I have the right to say NO. It is also OK to fail."

"I'm dealing better with situations: not overstretching myself, having the ability to say no with confidence."


Emergency First Aid at Work Course - Saturday 30th November 2013

In November 2013, the Coxford & District Youth Project organised a one‑day Emergency First Aid at Work course, leading to a Health & Safety Executive First Aid Certificate, at the ParkLife Community Room in St.James' Park.

Profits from running this course were invested in running youth work sessions in the Park.

Food Safety Training - Wednesdays 6th & 13th March 2013

In March 2013, we organised a two‑day accredited Food Safety Training course, provided by TWICS, at the ParkLife Community Room. The course was FREE for people looking to volunteer in the ParkLife Café at St.James' Park, and for people looking for café work experience to support their job search. TWICS logo

A total of 14 people attended the course, 10 of them potential FoSJP volunteers.


Craft Workshop - Tuesday 26th February 2013

WEA logo In February 2013, we organised a free Craft Workshop, provided by the WEA, to provide training for volunteers with an interest in supporting adults to learn new skills in a new Learn 2 Love Learning club that started in April 2013, aimed at supporting learners who may have a specific learning difficulty, be returning to learning after some time, or have recently had a significant life change.

Kate Woodley‑Smith taught nine participants some decoupage techniques in 2 hours that flew by. See our Craft Workshop report for a full illustrated report.

Five people from this course signed up for the Planning meeting on Tuesday 19th March 2013.


Job Workshop - September 2012

In September 2012, FoSJP teamed up with Totton College to organise a FREE job‑related workshop at the ParkLife Community Room, with advice on personal skills assessment, where to look for jobs, how to approach interviews, and more.

Unfortunately, we didn't get enough participants registering an interest for this event to go ahead, so it had to be cancelled.


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Food Safety in Catering - April 2012

FoSJP teamed up with TWICS (Training for Work in Communities) to help some of our volunteers achieve a Food Safety in Catering Level 2 accreditation, via a 2‑day course held at Wordsworth Infant School on Mondays 23rd and 30th April.

This course was aimed at volunteers and part‑time staff who cook for the community. We're very grateful to TWICS for offering us these subsidised spaces; FoSJP paid the remaining fee of £15 for people who could either volunteer in the ParkLife Café or bake a cake for one of our events, such as The Big Event in July 2012.


History‑Related Learning Opportunities - May 2006 Onwards

Shirley Heritage Project logo

Many other community learning opportunities have also been delivered by the Shirley Heritage Project - check our:

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