2020 Beyond Education

Empowering Women Through Learning

The 2020 Beyond Education project is an exciting new initiative from Hillcroft College that will support women who are interested in exploring new opportunities through a wide range of activities that will build confidence, improve wellbeing and develop new skills.

The project which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Women and Girls initiative, offers FREE courses to women from all walks of life - who may have missed out on their earlier education, or who may lack confidence or need additional support to fulfil their potential.

The focus is on enjoyment and fun and providing women with a supportive and inclusive environment where they can join in, learn something new and gain more confidence without any pressure.

The specialist skills of the 2020 team means women of all ages and abilities will be supported through the programme and beyond.

Click on the titles to find out more about each of the activities below and enquire/book today.

Whether you're a keen cook or your experience doesn't go much further than chomping on chocolate digestives, this workshop will teach you all you could possibly wish to know about everyone's favourite treat. You'll start off by hearing an in-depth history of chocolate, before moving onto more practical skills. Find out what goes into ganache and how to make your own, then use it to fill chocolate shells and hand roll your own truffles. You'll learn how to dip and cover a range of flavours and textures to make the tastiest results possible, then make a chocolate bowl to present your truffles in. Finally, you'll make delicious chocolate chip energy balls as you round off the workshop. All tools and materials are included, plus you'll get to keep everything you make - yum!

Wed 19 Apr 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

This taster course will introduce you to how to improve your general and overall well-being through learning about the 5 ways to well-being.

Wed 26 Apr 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

A chance to deeply relax, to find calm, and to gently transform how you feel about past events so they stop arising in your mind. The 4 hour workshop will give you the skills to develop confidence to break down the barriers that are holding you back to grieve, be happy, move on, to learn etc.

Sat 29 Apr 2017 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Be prepared for loads of information, learning and fun, as well as most importantly lots of Soap and Bath Bomb making. You will also take home all the products you create!! You’ll get to make:

  • Traditional Soap (using melt and pour method)
  • Jelly Soaps
  • Bath Bombs

Using natural products and essential oils, learn a skill that you can re-create at home. The workshop covers:

  • Types of soaps

  • Health and Safety

  • Colouring Soaps correctly

  • Using fragrances correctly

  • Finishing Touches

  • Decoration techniques

  • Tools needed

Wed 10 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

This taster course will introduce you to studying and writing about your personal narrative, landmark events in your life and your story. Further study will include story trajectory; scene and sequel; voice and viewpoint; character development; dramatic dialogue; research, editing and much more.

Mon 15 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Put your beauty in your own hands. Fancy learning a beauty-licious new skill? This workshop will teach you how to create your very own homemade, all natural and all fabulous beauty products. With the help of experienced beauticians and instructors, you'll get to make the following:

  • lip balm
  • refreshing lip scrub
  • body exfoliator
  • body moisturiser
  • homemade hair spray

Want to know the best part? You get to take home everything you make! But that's not all - the workshop will also guide you through the more handy technical aspects, from using colouring properly and understanding essential oils to health and safety and even scenting products non-chemically!

Wed 24 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

A two-hour nail art workshop where you'll be guided through everything from french manicures, glitter polish and bling nails to nail stickers and bows! You'll also get to grips with some fabulous festive designs to ensure your talons look snazzy over the summer.

Wed 07 Jun 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Discover how to transform your feelings towards their optimum expression and become our best selves through the mediums of movement, art and poetry.

  • Create tools for wellness
  • Explore emotions and experience increased wellbeing
  • Play with creative expression in a supportive environment
Sat 10 Jun 2017 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Are you interested in science and how things work?

Come along to this fun, interactive science taster session at Hillcroft College.

Delivered by Kingston University’s mobile science laboratory, this session allows you to find out more about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and the opportunities available.
Find out what it’s like to step into the shoes of a forensic crime scene investigator or robotics engineer and learn where a career in science could take you through a range of interactive activities.

Wed 14 Jun 2017 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wed 14 Jun 2017 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Build your confidence with this two -hour workshop which will introduce you to the techniques of stand-up comedy. Find out how a humorous approach to life can be empowering and even if you don’t fancy yourself as a performer the ‘take away’ is improved self-confidence and enhanced communications skills.

Sat 17 Jun 2017 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The MBAR course offers a new and exciting opportunity to face and resolve the challenges of addiction through the use of mindfulness-based tools, techniques and resources.

Sat 20 May 2017 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun 21 May 2017 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat 24 Jun 2017 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun 25 Jun 2017 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Gentle stretching and breathing exercises. Can join in on a yoga mat or from a chair.

Mon 24 Apr 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mon 08 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mon 22 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mon 05 Jun 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mon 12 Jun 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mon 26 Jun 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Bring your smiles and rhythm and learn basic chords, strumming and easy songs on real ukuleles (provided).

Fri 28 Apr 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fri 26 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fri 30 Jun 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Offering you the opportunity for self-expression, self-exploration and self-discovery. 1-hr sessions will be held in a safe space where acceptance is given to every individual’s unique movement style, you will be guided through movement explorations to express emotions that may be difficult to verbalise and explore yourself creatively to reach a fuller understanding of yourself.

Wed 26 Apr 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sat 29 Apr 2017 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wed 03 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sat 06 May 2017 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wed 10 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sat 13 May 2017 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wed 17 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wed 24 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wed 31 May 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sat 10 Jun 2017 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wed 14 Jun 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sat 17 Jun 2017 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wed 21 Jun 2017 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sat 24 Jun 2017 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Sat 01 Jul 2017 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

An uplifting way to express and build confidence with a motivating and talented gospel singer.

Sat 13 May 2017 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat 03 Jun 2017 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat 01 Jul 2017 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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