Alleviating poverty, bringing hope

Learners from Bedford or Central Beds can access course in both areas.

Computer Skills for Beginners

This course starts from scratch with basic IT skills, helping learners to use IT as an effective tool in their personal lives or job search.

Course content: Creating a document, building a CV, sending and receiving emails, using the internet and search engines, uploading and attaching documents, and use of Google Drive.

When: 4 weeks – 2 days a week, 3 hours per session

English for Beginners

Learn English and further your language with this specialist ‘English for Beginners’ course, which focuses on helping you start your English journey from basic English to functional English.

Course content: Beginners English language class for pre-entry learners who want to start their journey to being able to speak, listen, read and write English. Covering use of alphabet and pronunciation as well as basic form filling and conversation.

When: 6 weeks – 2 days a week, 3 hours per session


All our online classes are run using ZOOM. You must have access to a smartphone, tablet or laptop and an email account.

ESOL – Online

This pre-entry/entry level 1 course will help you to develop your use of English in a range of everyday situations, and build confidence in your ability to speak and understand basic English.

When: Get in touch for dates/times.

Staying Well – Online

Help build resilience to stress, anxiety and depression through positive psychology and develop coping strategies whilst living in isolation.

Course content: Develop mental and physical coping strategies, stay socially connected and learn and practice mindfulness techniques.

When: 4 weeks – 2 days a week, 3 hours per session

We deliver [some] courses on behalf of the Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service (BESS), part of Central Bedfordshire Council, who provide us with funding.  Courses are targeted to support residents in gaining skills relevant to the needs of employers in Bedfordshire or to meet health and well-being needs. Courses are free of charge, subject to eligibility criteria. For more information about the full range of courses and support provided by BESS click here.