The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project
Offers free courses to help people living in Gloucestershire overcome challenges to employment and move them closer towards or into work, including self-employment.
- Visit: Gem online
- Get moving, get healthy
- Introduction to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
- Introduction to infection prevention and control
- Mental health and wellbeing resource pack
- Prepared to save a life
- Understanding young minds
For a full list of free courses available and how to apply, visit: Virtual College
Virtual College also offer some short housing related online courses including ‘An introduction to social housing’. If you are interested in these courses please email our communities team.
Open University courses
The Open University offer a variety of free online courses in a number of subjects including:
- Education and Development
- Health, Sports and Psychology
- History and Arts
- Money and Business
- Nature and Environment
- Science, Maths and Technology
- Society, Politics and Law
For a full list of free courses available and how to apply, visit: The Open University
Offers over 400 easy-to-follow how-to guides to help you improve your own digital skills or support someone else to improve theirs. Topics range from computer basics and Microsoft office, to email and skype, using the internet and much more.
- Visit: Digital Unite
Learn My Way
Offers free courses for you to learn digital skills to stay safe and connected, and guides so you can help someone else learn about the internet.
- Visit: Learn My Way
Older drivers forum
Run by Hampshire Constabulary Road Safety Team, the Older Drivers Forum aims to help keep mature motorists on the road safely for longer.
From webinars and events to useful videos, they offer a wide range of practical and informative help and support to assist you, or the older person in your life, with staying mobile for as long as possible.
For more information, visit: Older Drivers Forum
Health and well-being
Offers a range of courses virtually to help you to build skills to manage stress and improve your mental wellbeing.
For more information about their courses and how to apply, visit: Oxfordshire Mind
Want to do a course that costs money?
To help Cottsway customers and their immediate family, we offer an individual learning grant of up to £250. This can help pay towards training courses, sports coaching courses, qualifications and / or materials to support your learning.
For more information and to apply, see our: Community Fund