Courses in South Lakeland

Courses in South Lakeland
At South Lakes Community Learning and Skills, we offer a wide range of courses across the whole of South Lakes to allow you either to gain a qualification or to learn a new skill.  These courses are a mixture of online teaching through Zoom and face-to-face teaching in a range of local venues. The qualifications we offer include Maths, I.T, Employability, Life Skills, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Sign Language.  The courses we offer to help you gain new skills include; Languages, Arts and Crafts, Family Learning, Healthy Hearts and many more.
The admin team are based at Kendal 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
Richard Foster – Centre Manager
Richard is an experienced manager, having worked in a number of local government and private sector setting managing a range of services. Richard oversees the day-to-day operation of the centre and the performance management of all staff within it.  He is passionate about providing opportunities to learn new skills and gaining qualification so that people can improve their lives.
Helen Edmonds – Community Development Worker
Helen has been actively involved in South Lakes adult education for the last 20 years, starting out as a Centre Manager and tutor at Dallam Community Education.  In later years, 
Helen's community development role involves building long lasting partnerships with a wide range of local organisations (including the Job centre, charities and the third sector) and together deciding on the most beneficial courses for some of the most vulnerable, hardest to reach members of the community.  .  The longer-term aim is to encourage learners to access qualifications (including English, maths and IT) and to move towards employment. 
Jennifer Dunn - Business Support Officer
I have been a teacher for the past 19 years and also a foster carer for the last 3 years. I have really enjoyed joining the Community, Learning and Skills team and am looking forward to the new challenges that a change of career will bring. I am a very active person and in my spare time I enjoy fell running and kayaking. I also have 2 teenage boys, so am also kept very busy at home!
Our Tutors
Florence Tourne – French Language Tutor
Florence Tourne is a native French speaker. She has taught French locally for many years, running lively courses with the main focus on speaking and listening.   She has a passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge of France and Belgium with others.
Sakiko Robson – Japanese/Origami Tutor
Sakiko is a native Japanese tutor who has lived in Japan for her most of her life. She has grown up creating Origami as parts of Japanese culture. She is also a dedicated teacher for children to teach Origami and other Japanese cultural art work.
Helen Edmonds – Employability Tutor
Helen Edmonds is an experienced tutor and has worked as a senior manager in both the public and private sector.
Jo Jones – Maths Tutor
Jo Jones has taught maths to adults for the past 10 years, from those who are confident but need a qualification to those who are petrified of maths but also need the qualification! She is very friendly and encouraging and has helped many people to pass their exams.
Jo Burgess – Arts and Crafts Tutor
Jo Burgess completed her B.A Hons degree in Textile Art at Winchester School of Art in 1999. She has gone on to teach a variety of art and textile course to a range of age groups and levels. Jo teaches up to 'A' level and has taught in many art colleges across the country as well as schools, including SEN education. Jo enjoys working within the community, offering a great range of courses within Art and Design.  She is currently studying Art therapy alongside teaching which is focussed on expressing yourself through art in order to improve your focus and confidence in all areas of life.
Neil Stanley – ESOL/Spanish Tutor
Neil Stanley is an ex deputy headteacher with many years of experience in primary schools. He now teaches English to adults and also runs residential courses for foreign children learning English in the UK. He and his Spanish wife have three bilingual children and understand the importance of language learning.
Elaine Towler – Healthy Hearts Tutor
Elaine is a qualified and experienced Personal Trainer working exclusively with clients aged 50+. She has additional qualifications, including Adapting Exercise for Older Adults, Exercise for GP Referrals, as well as being a qualified BACPR (British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation) Exercise Instructor. She is passionate about functional fitness and helping 'older adults' to exercise, remain mobile and fit for life.
Sonja Vietoris – Languages/Arts Tutor
Sonja Vietoris is an experienced teacher of language who has trained with the International Language Learning Centre in Paris, Inlingua International and within the Scottish, Welsh and English education systems.  She employs her knowledge of language learning to help every individual student to achieve.  Students enjoy her lessons.
Daisy Forrest – ICT Tutor
Daisy Forrest has a passion for helping people unravel the mysteries of IT (Information Technology) so they can lead more fulfilling and productive relationships with their devices/computers, whether that is learning how to Skype your loved ones or tackling your accounts using Excel. She is friendly, approachable and has many years of Adult Teaching experience and relevant IT qualifications to help learners really get the most out of their electronics.
Sue Fletcher – LLDD & Family Learning
With a background in Hospitality management and qualified as both a teacher and a textile artist, Sue has 28 years' experience as a teacher, including 12 as a tutor in Cumbria.  Her friendly approach and skills teaching adults with learning difficulties give a great learning experience across a range of subjects, including family learning arts and crafts.  Sue is a member of the International Feltmakers Association and the Embroiderers Guild.
Dawn Wyatt – Family Learning Tutor
Dawn is a versatile, enthusiastic tutor with over 5 years' experience working for Cumbria County Council Community Learning and Skills.  She has a background in Psychology and is an experienced Key Stage 2 teacher. Dawn teaches a variety of subjects including Maths, English, Science, Child Psychology, Healthy Living and Art.
Chris Fonth – ESOL Tutor
Chris is a qualified teacher specialising in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and has experience teaching in Japan, Spain and the UK.  Chris believes that we learn best when we are relaxed and having fun, so makes learning English as enjoyable as possible for his learners.

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

01539 713257

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

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