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Creative, hobbies and daily living

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Are you looking to learn something new or for fun?

Would you like to learn new skills to help you with day to day life?

Our creative, hobbies and daily living courses can help you with these things and so much more.

We offer an exciting and varied range of free creative courses with options for online and in-person classes.

Take a look at our full range of courses below.

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

Course summary

This course is for anybody aged 19+ who wants to learn how to create simple and affordable meals. The course will cover food costing comparisons, supermarket tricks and plenty of recipes, like homemade pizzas, quiche and soup. This course is taught in-person so you can get hands on with the cooking for the most effective learning.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anybody aged 19+ who wants to learn how to create simple and cheap meals.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • You must live in Darlington and the Tees Valley area

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course will support you in being able to create delicious meals on a budget, meal plan and support with money saving top tips.

What will the course cover?

  • Food costings comparisons
  • Supermarket tricks
  • Homemade pizzas and breads
  • Perfect quiche and shortcrust pastry
  • Homemade tomato sauce
  • Various soups

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, such as Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you.

Where and when will I learn?

Venue Date / Weeks Time
Mc Nay St  10 September - 8th October, 5 weeks   10am - 12pm

What do I need to bring with me?

You will not need to bring anything along to these sessions just roll your sleeves up and try something new or develop an existing skill.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

Course summary

This course is for anybody aged 19+ who wants to learn about arts and crafts, and develop skills that will help their child’s motor and sensory skills. Each week, the course will focus on a different craft and they will vary from course to course, but may include clay creations, needle felting and material canvas designs. This course is taught in-person so you can get hands on with the crafting for the most effective learning.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who is 19+

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

To be eligible for this course you must live in Darlington and the Tees Valley area.

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn about and develop skills that will help their child.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable you to help your child grow and learn. It aims to improve parent’s confidence and ability regarding the way they support and promote their child’s motor and sensory skills.

What will the course cover? 

Each week, we will focus on different craft skills and these will vary from course to course, for example:

  • Clay Creations
  • Needle Felting
  • Material canvas designs

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to join in with other Family Learning courses or adult learning courses, including Functional Skills English, Maths or ICT. You will be given information about other courses and guidance on to progress during this course.

Where and when will I learn?

Venue  Dates / Weeks Time 
Darlington Library  5th September - 3rd October, 5 weeks  1pm - 3pm
Darlington Library  7th November - 5th December, 5 weeks 1pm - 3pm

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring:

  • a notepad
  • a pen (or a digital device) to take notes

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected].

Course summary

This course is for anybody aged 19+ who wants to try their hand at creative writing in a friendly and encouraging environment. The course will cover specific writing techniques, creativity boosting writing exercise and how to write your own narrative. It is open to writers of all abilities and taught in-person so you can ask questions and get feedback freely.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who wants to try their hand at creative writing. Develop skills and techniques to produce descriptive and narrative pieces in a friendly and encouraging environment. Open to writers of all abilities.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • You must live in Darlington and the Tees Valley area

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This course will help you develop confidence and explore your creativity. Learn to use a range of techniques to produce written pieces.

What will the course cover?

  • You will explore specific techniques for making your writing stand out.
  • You will try out creativity boosting writing exercises.
  • Write your own creative text demonstrating your narrative (story telling) or descriptive skills.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses, such as Distance Learning or CPD courses that will be made available to you.

Where and when will I learn?

Venue  Dates / Weeks  Time 
Darlington Library  3rd September - 22nd October, 7 weeks  3.15pm - 5:15pm
Darlington Library  5th November - 17th December, 7 weeks   3.15pm - 5:15pm

What do I need to bring with me?

You will not need to bring anything, simply roll your sleeves up and try something new or develop an existing skill.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free of charge.

What do I do next?

Apply for the​ course

If you require help with the form please contact us on 01325 405601, 07932 869325 or l&[email protected]

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

What is Multiply?

Multiply is a government-funded programme to enhance the general numeracy skills of adults so they can understand and use maths in their daily lives including finances, budgeting, time and money management and lots more.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework, budgeting money telling the time and travelling from A to B. 

The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) project is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but delivered by all five TVCA local authorities.

Entry requirements

  • Adults must be aged 19+
  • Reside in Darlington or the Tees Valley area
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Course Offer

Multiply courses - Darlington [PDF document]

Courses on offer are:

  • Live Well for Less
  • Family Fun
  • Easy Slow Cooking
  • Crafting
  • Travel Planning
  • Beginners Sewing Skills
  • Craft and a Cuppa
  • Upcycling for the New Year
  • Chat and Inspire
  • Live Well in Confidence
  • Live Smart  

Fees

All courses offered through Multiply are free of charge. 

What should I do next?

If you're a member of the general public and wish to access a Multiply course please get in touch with us

Need more information?

If you have any queries about our creative, hobbies and daily living courses, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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