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Festival of Learning 2018

Hackney residents can pick up new skills, sharpen their social media knowledge and even learn a new language at this year’s National Festival of Learning.

Hackney's annual Festival of Learning aims to help more adults take up courses, workshops and classes, such as learning how to start a business and picking up practical skills like first aid or basic IT.

The festival runs from Monday 11th June to Friday 22nd June 2018

Worshops and events are held in venues across Hackney, including Hackney Museum and Hackney Central Library.

This year’s festival will also include taster workshops in everything from Photoshop skills, and online safety for parents to soap making, craft-building and yoga.

Please use the named contacts below to find out more. 

African Community School        

  • E Safety for Parents
  • Introduction to Jewellery Making
  • Introduction to Zumba
  • Launching an Online Business Taster

Contact: Kome Owuasu, c/o Princess May Primary School N16    

Phone: 020 7249 5748  



Daubeney Children’s Centre

  • Introduction Into Sewing
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Healthy Take Away Cooking
  • Soap Making


Contact: Suzanne Carmichael, Daubeney Children’s Centre, Daubeney Road E5             

Phone: 020 8525 7040  


Sebright Children’s Centre         

  • Introduction Into Sewing
  • Healthy Take Away Cooking
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Soap Making

Contact: Suzanne Carmichael, Sebright Children’s Centre, Haggerston Park, Queensbridge Road E2 

Phone: 020 8525 7040                 



DBIZ8 Empowerment Consultancy Ltd

  • Business Start Up           

Contact: Cuthbert Jack, Arcola Street E8


Phone: 07540386236 / 07484366622


 ELATT Ltd          

  • Introduction to Volunteering in ESOL
  • Healthy Lifestyles for ESOL Students


Contact: Nafisah Graham-Brown, ELATT Ltd, Kingsland Road E8


Phone: 020 7275 6750  


Education Training & Development Ltd

  • Card Making and Design - Morningside Children’s Centre
  • Soft Toy Making - Mapledene Children’s Centre
  • Gardening Grow and Eat - Woodberry Down Children’s Centre
  • Gardening Grow and Eat - Woodberry Down Children’s Centre
  • Bag Printing and Design – Millfield’s Children’s Centre


Contact: June Boughen, Education Training & Development Ltd, Rotal Free Square N10


Phone: 020 3685 4514


Morningside Children’s Centre

  • Jewellery Making for Beginners
  • First Aid for Families
  • Introduction to Yoga Techniques
  • Introduction to Yoga Techniques

Contact: Marie Kerrigan, Morningside Children’s Centre, Chatham Place E9


Phone: 020 8985 5382


 The Protection Service Ltd

  • Child Protection and Positive Parenting

Contact: Oladapo Awosokanre, The Protection Service Ltd, Wick Road E9


Phone: 020 8805 6194


St Mary’s Secret Garden

  • Happy Houseplants

Contact: Paula Yassine (nee Gent), St Mary’s Secret Garden, Pearson Street E2


Phone: 020 7739 2965


Star Academy Solutions Ltd

  • An Introduction to Basic Computer Skills for the Over 50s
  • First Aid for the Home
  • Self Defence for Women
  • Seven Steps to Self Confidence
  • Get that Job with CVs Made Easy
  • Learning to Drive Awareness Session
  • Yoga for Beginners

Contact: Errol Hines, Star Academy Solutions Ltd, Amhurst Road E8


Phone: 020 7923 7566

 Tyssen Children’s Centre

  • Baby signing
  • First aid
  • Sewing (bag design)
  • Sewing (toy making)
  • Flower Making
  • Hair Braiding

 Contact: Jahcinta Warburton, Tyssen Children’s Centre, Oldhill Street N16


Phone: 020 8806 4130

 Volunteer Centre Hackney

  • Craft-Building
  • Community Organising

Contact: Lauren Tobias, Volunteer Centre Hackney, Tyssen Street E8


Phone: 020 7241 4443 (ext 201 or 208)


Vista Training Ltd

  • Emergency First Aid
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Quick Books Taster
  • Photoshop

Contact: Hindy Lew, Vista Training Ltd, Stamford Hill N16


Phone: 020 8802 8772


Creative Lifestyle CIC

  • Cake Baking
  • Cake Decorating
  • Sewing
  • Natural Hair Maintenance

Contact: Oleander Agbetu, Creative Lifestyle CIC, Dalston Lane E5


Phone: 7538321416


MIND  in City, Hackney and Waltham Forest Ltd

  • Mental Health First Aid (adults) - (Students get a certificate and copy of the book)
  • ESOL and IT
  • Developing Digital Skills

Contact: Anne Thomas / Sarah Oakley Hill, MIND  in City, Hackney and Waltham Forest Ltd, Tudor Road E9




Phone: 020 8525 2303

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