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Free upcycling workshops and skills courses

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - Wednesday, 04 March 2020
Come along to our upcycling courses and drop-ins. Save furniture from landfill, learn and share new skills and meet local people at the same time. All welcome. Every Tuesday, 1.30-3.30pm. Every Wednesday 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm. Free shared lunch at 12.45pm. Age group: 18+. The Loop, Pembury Estate, Opposite 16 Tolsford Road, Hackney E5 8HH. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nathalie Botcherby. Email: nathalie.botcherby@groundwork.org.uk Telephone: 07912276547.

Self defence and personal safety workshop

Monday, 30 September 2019 - Monday, 18 November 2019 11am - 1pm
The course is a combination of practical self-defence activities and personal development, that increase the confidence and self-worth of all females. Must be able to commit to the 8 weeks of the project, to qualify for a potential free place Terms and conditions apply. There is no creche available. Every Monday, 11am-1pm, from 30 Sept to 18 Nov. . Age group: 16+. Pembury Community Centre, 1 Atkins Square, Hackney E8 1FA. Contact: Sev Necati. Email: info@sevnecatitraining.com Telephone: . Visit website

Hackney Rhapsody - Physical Theatre Workshop with Judita Vivas

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - Tuesday, 19 November 2019 6pm - 8pm
Five week workshop for adult performers of all levels. It explores the importance of being fully present in each moment, connecting movement to breath and the power of improvisational flow. Each class will warm up and stretch the body, focus on sensory awareness and create short improvised performances. . Age group: 18+. Hackney Rhapsody, 1 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney E5 0NS. Disabled access: no. Contact: Hackney Rhapsody . Email: office@hackneyrhapsody.co.uk Telephone: 07916238865. Visit website

Beginners screen printing course

Thursday, 31 October 2019 - Thursday, 28 November 2019 18:00 - 20:30
At The Workshop building in Hoxton, you will learn a whole process of designing and printing, using a screen printing technique. At the end of the course, you will have your original print professionally framed to take home, which might be a perfect Christmas present for someone special. Age group: Adults. The Workshop, 83A Geffrye Street. E2 8JA. Disabled access: no. Contact: Peter Bedford Housing Association. Email: learn@peterbedford.org.uk Telephone: 02038154100. Visit website

Hackney Rhapsody - Sea Shanties and Sailors with Elisabeth Flett

Monday, 04 November 2019 - Monday, 18 November 2019 4.30pm - 6pm
£30. Want to learn how to sing a sea shanty? Interested in playing folk tunes first performed by seafaring adventurers? Come along to this fun, relaxed introduction to sea-themed folk music and songs, led by award winning folk musician Elisabeth Flett. 4 November ages 9-12, 18 November ages 12-16. Age group: 9-16. Hackney Rhapsody, 1 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney E5 0NS. Disabled access: no. Contact: Hackney Rhapsody . Email: office@hackneyrhapsody.co.uk Telephone: 07916238865. Visit website

Sewing for beginners

Thursday, 07 November 2019 - Thursday, 13 February 2020 10am - 1pm
Join us to learn some great sewing skills: learn some basic machine and hand sewing techniques, leading on to making, some simple garments/home and fashion accessories, learn how to get that professional finished look. £50 for 11 weeks, including all material costs. To book, email info@creativelifestyle.org.uk. 07538321416. . Age group: 18+. 93 Clifden Road, Clifden Road, London E5 0LW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Oleander Agbetu. Email: oleander@creativelifestyle.org.uk Telephone: +447538321416. Visit website

Free Cook and Eat course

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 - Tuesday, 17 December 2019 1pm - 3pm
Join our free and fun cook and eat course. We meet weekly to improve our cooking skills, try new recipes and ingredients and simplify cooking and nutrition advice to make healthy, affordable meals achievable. . Age group: 18+. New Kingshold Community Centre, Hackney E9 7LP. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Food For Life. Email: food@shoreditchtrust.org.uk Telephone: 020 7033 8540. Visit website

Fully funded level 2 qualifications

Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Employment Plus Local offers 30+ online/paper-based courses, lasting 6 weeks but flexible to suit all needs. Learners are allocated a tutor, can use our laptops and have free one-to-one support.Requirements: aged 19+, having lived in the EU for the past 3 years, ID, NIN (or evidence for asylum seekers). Date TBC. A class-based induction can be organised for 10 people (approx. once every two months). Age group: 19+. Salvation Army Hoxton Centre, 66 New North Road, Hackney N1 6TG. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Eleonora Cipollina. Email: hoxton@salvationarmy.org.uk Telephone: 02077393313. Visit website

Wild About Weeds - Union of hackney Gardens

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Not all weeds are ugly uncontrollable brutes. With interviews, tips and advice from celebrated gardeners, learn how to let weeds flourish without taking control. Author Jack Wallington will be introducing his book to the Union of Hackney Gardens. Free to Union members £4 + booking fee non-union. Light refreshments included. . Age group: 15+. Victoria Park Community Centre, 5 Gore Road, Greenwood Road, Tower Hamlets, E9 7HR. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Debbie Mitchener. Email: debbie@cordwainersgrow.org.uk Telephone: 07493244315. Visit website

Zero waste sewing and make a garment

Saturday, 23 November 2019 11am - 5.30pm
Join recent Sewing Bee finalist Riccardo Guido in a fun and creative class to rethink, rearrange and remodel your fabric offcuts or recycled textiles into something unique and wearable. Pattern blocks and equipment will be provided. Basic sewing skills recommended. £75. Limited spaces, booking essential. . Age group: 16+. Fabrications, 7 Broadway Market, Hackney, E8 4PH. Disabled access: no. Contact: Barley Massey. Email: barley@fabrications1.co.uk Telephone: 020 7275 8043. Visit website

Bind your own book workshop

Saturday, 30 November 2019 2pm - 5.30pm
In this fun and casual introductory workshop with experts from the London Centre for Book Arts, participants will learn to make and take home a hand-made notebook and have the chance to create a foil-blocked bookmark. Great for a special holiday gift. Age group: All ages. Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton st, Hoxton Street, London N1 6LP. Disabled access: yes. Contact: PEER Gallery. Email: local@peeruk.org Telephone: 02077398080. Visit website

Next Steps! In Crochet

Saturday, 07 December 2019 11am - 5pm
Aimed at participants that have previously attended a Fabrications Beginners' Crochet workshop (or similar) or those of you with basic crochet skills, that wish to progress to create beautiful crochet products.1/2 day (£45) Full day (£70) includes 10mm crochet hook and 2 x 100g balls of chunky yarn. Booking essential. . Age group: 16+. Fabrications, 7 Broadway Market, Hackney E8 4PH. Disabled access: no. Contact: Barley Massey. Email: barley@fabrications1.co.uk Telephone: 020 7275 8043. Visit website

Introduction to hand embroidery stitches

Sunday, 08 December 2019 11am - 5pm
Join Milou Stella in learning 6 fundamental stitches using a beginner sampler (also a re usable bag) helping you familiarise yourself with a variety of easy motifs. In the afternoon apply the skills to upcycle an item of clothing. £45 1/2 day £80 full day. Materials included. Booking essential. . Age group: 16+. Fabrications, 7 Broadway Market, Hackney E8 4PH. Disabled access: no. Contact: Barley Massey. Email: barley@fabrications1.co.uk Telephone: 020 7275 8043. Visit website

Understanding Roman Artefacts: MOLA Academy for Archaeological Specialist Training

Thursday, 16 January 2020 - Thursday, 25 June 2020 2pm - 4pm
Work with real Roman archaeological material and learn how to identify and record different types of artefact including pottery, glass, animal bones, and small finds made of metal and leather, as well as photography and illustration. Classroom sessions and practical workshops will be led by archaeological experts from MOLA. MOLA, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, Mortimer Wheeler House N1 7ED. Contact: Ashley Almeida. Email: maast@mola.org.uk Telephone: .