Courses in Allerdale

Courses in Allerdale
Allerdale Community Learning and Skills, offer a wide range of courses across the whole of Allerdale to allow you either to gain a qualification or to learn a new skill. The qualifications we offer include English and Maths, I.T, Employability, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). The courses we offer to help you gain new skills include; Languages, Arts and Crafts, Family Learning, Healthy and Wellbeing and many more. These courses are face-to-face teaching in a range of local venues.  Recently we have introduced our on-line courses so look out for some new and exciting on-line courses that you can access which ever part of the County you live!
The team are based at Workington Library and we are always keen to speak to new and existing learners about their own individual needs and how we can help support these.
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Meet the Team
Gillian Thompson
Allerdale Community Learning and Skills Centre Manager
Hi, I'm Gillian Thompson the Allerdale Centre Manager.   I have worked for the service for 14 years and I have met many learners along the way so whether you are a returning learner or new to Community Learning and Skills I look forward to supporting you.
Whether you know what you would like to learn or are still looking for some inspiration, get in touch with myself and my team and we will help you find the perfect course. 
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Carole Tubman
Allerdale Community Development Worker
Hi, I'm Carole.
As the Community Development Worker for Allerdale I promote our fantastic courses and learning opportunities that can improve people's lives, we aim to offer something for everyone!  I also work in partnership with organisations including Job Centre Plus, schools, Children`s Centres and with local community groups to run courses which meet the learning needs of the community.  Many of our courses are FREE and offer an ideal chance for people to learn a new skill, meet new people and build confidence. We often find many of our learners, once they join a course, catch the learning bug and return year after year.
I love my job as no two days are the same and I get to meet a wide range of people, from those wanting to improve their chances of gaining employment, to those wanting to learn a new skill to turn into a hobby.
If you are interested in finding out more about our services or if you have any suggestions for new courses we could run please get in touch - I look forward to speaking with you.
Our Tutors
Fiona Ashford
I can cook and sew and make flowers grow, which basically means I can usually be found in the kitchen, my sewing den, the garden/allotment or possibly my studio at the bottom of the garden. In my studio I paint in watercolour and create with paper. I loves to share these passions with others, that's why I chose to teach.
Jen Bulman
I am Jennifer, I have delivered many IT courses over the last 18 years including Beginners/Basic IT, NVQ level II, ECDL and ITQ level 1 and 2. I have attained Microsoft Expert Status in the Office Suite. My courses are a great learning experience but also enjoyable.
David Foster
I have always enjoyed working with numbers since childhood. Prior to joining Community Learning, I spent over 25 years working in an analytical / numerical capacity within the public sector. For the last six years I have returned to the education sector and now help learners overcome their fear of mathematics, develop their skills and supported their future career ambitions by delivering a range of mathematics courses in novel ways.
Rachel Ward
After a varied career ranging from cutting celery to driving armoured personnel carriers, I finally realised my dream to teach maths. Before joining the council I taught maths at secondary schools for 13 years. Now my days are filled with teaching and enjoying numbers with a wide range of learners supporting them to achieve entry level right through to GCSE maths.
Robin Muldrew
I am Robin. I have been fascinated by languages from an early age so it was inevitable I'd end up living abroad at some point. Living in Spain for over ten years helped me understand how "real" Spanish is spoken and I bring that experience and knowledge into my classes now I'm back in Cumbria. People have different reasons for learning a new language - either for practical or professional reasons or just for the fun of it, but it´s always a rewarding process and I'm firmly of the opinion that anybody can do it. Age or lack of previous learning are never barriers.
Anette Ungeheuer
I am Anette. I have many strings to my bow; I have a passion for everything to do with nature, wellbeing of the world's creatures and the holistic wellbeing of all humans. In the past I ran a café in a German tower, was proprietor of tree surgery and livery stable businesses, and was actively involved in an amateur theatre company. I have gained my teaching qualification specialising in Special Educational Needs. I teach a range of subjects from German, Horticulture, Art and Crafts and many more. I also run classes in Mindfulness for anyone who is seeking to find relaxation, meditation or stress release.
Liz Walker
I teach English for Community Learning and Skills. It's what makes me happy. After graduating in Theological and Religious Studies, I worked for a number of years with Deaf adults. Later, I re-discovered my love of education and worked as a learning support assistant at a local college. Finally, I was bitten by the teaching bug and the rest, as they say, is history. As well as being a teacher I am also a qualified sound therapist. It means I get to have lots of wonderful instruments in my house. Any excuse!
Helen Tucker
I'm Helen. I have over 25 years' experience and I have a passion for teaching. I gained my PGCE in languages and I am also a qualified ESOL/EFL teacher. I have taught in South America, the Middle East, North Africa and continental Europe, as well as in the UK.
Alan Roper

I am Alan. My first experience of art, at the age of four, was to paint portraits of Captain Scott and Lord Nelson who appeared on the back of cornflake boxes. At six I was using perspective to draw the cornflake boxes themselves, helped by my father who also drew when he was young. My time as a teenager was spent drawing out of doors with the local farmland around Aspatria where I grew up. 

I have worked for many years in graphic design, following a HND course in the subject at Newcastle College of Arts and Technology. This course was the platform upon which the rest of my experience is built. 

I have benefited from years of open air painting (En plein air painting), carried out (from the saddlebags of a bicycle), around Isel Hall and the River Derwent, culminating in an article for Cumbria Life Magazine. More recently, in March 2018, I was asked to paint a view of Maryport harbour from the same spot as the artist Percy Kelly painted for the BBC programme Countryfile, whilst discussing the work of this artist at the same time. Although brief - it was the ultimate tutoring experience.


One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your learning queries

01900 706023

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm


We aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours (excluding weekends).

Allerdale Community Learning and Skills
Cumbria County Council
Workington Library
Vulcans Lane
CA14 2ND