CALAT Croydon Adult Learning and Training

ALDD (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:

Community Learning

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 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 develop their creative skills and learn how to make a range of different craft items and art works, working independently and in a group.  

What will I learn?

To make a range of different items such as papier-mache, prints and tie-dye. Participate in a group activity to share materials and make art works. Design craft items and art work using your imagination and observation skills.

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

All materials required for the course will be provided.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • increase your  well-being and sense of achievement through the creative process and completion  of work to a high standard
  • develop your communication skills and confidence around others by participating in group activities in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment
  • develop your literacy and numeracy skills through various activities including worksheets, quizzes and games
  • develop life skills – time management, following routines, problem solving, decision making and creative thinking, making choices, self-awareness and empathy towards others

Course requirements:

There are no special requirements for this course

Location:

Strand House

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?

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

Who is this course for?

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

What will I learn?

To warm up and cool down safely, to dance with a group in time to the music, to perform dances from around the world, create your own dance moves and perform to an audience.

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

A bottle of water.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • improve your physical and mental health
  • develop your confidence in performing to different audiences at the award ceremony, a St Patrick’s day performance and the CALAT Celebration of Achievement
  • learn to work towards goals
  • improve your flexibility, co-ordination and range of movement
  • improve your memory
  • build friendships with other learners

Course requirements:

You will be asked to complete a health screening questionnaire at the beginning of the course

Location:

Croydon Clocktower

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who would like to be able to cook a lunch for themselves and eat with their peers.

What will I learn?

To use different cooking methods, baking, frying, boiling and grilling. To identify a healthy diet.  Be safe in the kitchen. Cook your own lunch and lay your own place to sit and eat with your peers.

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

Folder, pen, apron and tea towel.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • learn to cook simple dishes which you can then prepare at home
  • develop your confidence in cooking
  • develop your social skills

Course requirements:

Be able to work with sharp knives safely with or without support. 

Location:

Strand House

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who want to feel calm and relaxed.

What will I learn?

You will learn to be flexible, relax, have a greater sense of wellbeing, greater confidence and improved concentration. You will gain a better understanding of how to keep calm in difficult situations and how to be more confident dealing with problems.

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

A mat or a towel, a folder, pen and colouring pencils.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • be more skilful in communicating to others at home or in your relationships
  • be able to observe your own thoughts and emotions and become emotionally stronger
  • transfer your skills to your daily life
  • understand how to confront your fear of conflict and be able to sort problems with confidence at college or at home

Course requirements:

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

Location:

Cherry Hub

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
  • 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?

A 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 history has brought about democracy and the basis of many of our fundamental values of today

  • improve your reading and writing, speaking and listening skills

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 employability skills and get a job or voluntary work with a local employer.

What will I learn?

  • how to use the internet to search for suitable jobs
  • how to prepare for an interview
  • how to create a CV online
  • how to complete an application form

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

A folder, notepad and pen.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • improve your employability skills
  • develop confidence in presenting your experience in an interview
  • be able to create a simple, but effective CV
  • improve reading and writing skills by completing application forms

Course requirements:

You must be working at entry 2 English or above, be prepared to attend a work experience placement, if available and to use a computer.

Location:

Strand House

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 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 who want to improve their ability to manage their personal finances and improve basic maths skills.

What will I learn?

Tips on looking after and saving your money. How to create a simple budget. How to use a calculator.

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

Folder, pen, notepad, colouring pencils, ruler.

How will this course benefit me?

You will:

  • improve your problem-solving, numeracy and employability skills
  • develop confidence in calculating change and working out bargains
  • be able to create a simple budget
  • improve basic maths skills

Course requirements:

Working towards entry 2/3 maths level.

Location:

Croydon Clocktower

Pathways to Employment

Who is this course for?

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

What will I learn?

You will learn about looking the part, depending on your job role. To follow health and safety procedures. To run a café and practice your customer service skills. 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:

  • develop your reading and writing skills 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:

You must be working towards entry 2 English or above. Be able to make a light lunch. Have some knowledge of food hygiene and safety.

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 tracey.scott@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.