TCV at Hollybush are delighted to work with Leeds City Council who offer many free adult and community learning courses in welcoming community venues to help unemployed and low-waged Leeds residents. All our courses aim to teach you new skills, improve your health and increase your confidence.
The courses are FREE if you live in Leeds, are on benefits or a low income. Evidence MUST be provided BEFORE the course starts. For others, fees range from £8 – £75 depending on the length of course (reductions for aged 65 or over). Courses are part-time, generally one day a week for three to five weeks.
How to book a place
We are currently finalising our contract with Leeds City Council, so course dates below are provisonal. We plan to start enrolling learners from 1st September, but if you want to register your interest before then, you are very welcome!
To enrol on a course or for more information, please contact us at
Tel: 0113 2742335
Email : email@example.com
Alternatively if you would like to be updated when new courses are available, then please subscribe to our short course mailing list at the bottom of this page!
Please note that to take part in any of our conservation or craft courses, you will need to complete a Welcome to Learning at Hollybush session. In this session we will introduce you to the Hollybush site, your tutor and other learners so you feel welcome and confident, and we can make sure you have the support and equipment you need. We will get your Leeds Adult Learning email and Google Classroom account set up, which will give you access to bonus course materials. The day will also include free tea & cake in our friendly café! If you have already done one of these sessions, you can join a course in Week 2. These are also top-up Welcome to Learning sessions each half term to make sure there is a date available when you can attend.
Upcoming training courses and events
Many of our courses are seasonal, so some only run at particular times of the year. However, gardening and woodwork courses run throughout the year, complimented with seasonal crafts, wellbeing courses and practical conservation skills. Details of some of the courses can be found below.
Aimed at beginners, or those who want to learn to garden in an environmentally friendly way, these courses take place throughout the year, focusing on different aspects of the gardening calendar. You will learn a range of skills including sowing, pricking out, potting on, and pruning, and will also look at soil management and making compost.
We also run occasional specialised courses, such as Herbs for Health.
Our Basic Woodwork course introduces people to woodwork and new skills in a friendly setting within a fully fitted workshop. The four-session course enables individuals to make quality wood products such as basic garden planters, birdboxes and a small bench.
The Further Woodwork course develops the skills from Basic Woodwork, making your own toolbox or small item of furniture.
We also run an Advanced Woodwork course, with an emphasis on planning and design and applying your skills to your own creative projects.
Introduction to Surveying – Learn why surveying nature is important, how to conduct a habitat survey and then undertake your own self-directed survey.
Green Woodwork – Learn how to use unseasoned wood to make tools and utensils.
Coppicing -This course introduces you to ancient woodland management techniques.
Dry Stone Walling – Learn about the ancient craft of boundary making and find out more about the history of the skill in Britain.
Hedgelaying – Learn the specialised traditional skill of hedgelaying and how hedges are an important wildlife habitat.
Wellbeing and crafts
Woodland Wellbeing – join us in the woods to help support your wellbeing. We will be learning how to identify trees, going on nearby walks in the local area, making cups of tea on the fire and more.
Basket Weaving – A beginner’s course into the traditional craft of willow basket making. During this course learners will become familiar with the language, techniques and tools used in basketry to make their own basket.
Willow for the Garden – Applying willow weaving techniques to creating handmade items for the garden, such as bird feeders and plant supports.
Wreath making – Join us in the run up to Christmas for a course in seasonal wreath making.