Get involved with learning this autumn

Community Learning Hebrides is launching a new programme of community learning classes and workshops to be run in Lewis and Harris during autumn 2015.

The learning provision is being advertised through a new booklet of community learning opportunities and the information is also available on the Community Learning Hebrides website and Facebook pages.

The Community Learning and Development service within CNES undertakes ongoing needs assessment work within Learning Communities in the Western Isles and this determines the classes and workshops run by Community Learning Hebrides.

The identified needs are prioritised according to the long-term outcomes set out in the Outer Hebrides Community Learning and Development strategy 2013-17 and the three outcomes which are a priority for Community Learning are:

· The people of the Outer Hebrides are well educated, well trained and well skilled

· The physical and mental health and wellbeing of the people throughout the Outer Hebrides is improved

· The communities of the Outer Hebrides are stronger and more able to identify, articulate and take action and responsibility regarding their needs and aspirations

The current needs assessment has identified a wide range of classes and workshops to meet these priority needs across Lewis and Harris.

Course subjects include Beginners Gaelic, Cooking on a Budget, Digital Photography, Committee Skills, Kilt making and Budgeting.

If you are interested in obtaining a recognised qualification there are certificated courses at various levels being run in First Aid, Food Hygiene and Computing.

Individual Learning Accounts are available to cover the costs of these accredited classes.

In addition, the community learning programme includes Digital Zone Hebrides which is a programme of free digital inclusion workshops which have been organised in partnership with the Libraries Service, NHS Western Isles and Citizens Online.

Workshops will be available on a variety of subjects including: Using the internet; Using ipads and tablets; Using smartphones, Online safety; Searching for jobs online; Applying for jobs online; and, Using skype.

The Community Learning Hebrides programme can be viewed at the website or via the Community Learning Hebrides Facebook page.

Learners wishing to register for a class or workshop, can complete an online registration at the above link, phone in on 01851 822716 or e-mail on