Severnside’s Learning Programme 2016 Launch Success

In its sixth year, Severnside’s Learning Programme was officially launched on Thursday 17 March at Shrewsbury Central Baptist Church.  The event attracted over 120 visitors with a staggering 169 courses booked on the day!

Once again the Learning Programme is jam-packed full of over 35 different short courses and training events to help people develop new skills or build on existing ones.  Courses are broken down into five categories – Get Qualified, Get Tech Savvy, Get into Work, Get Money Smart and Get Interested.

Open to Severnside residents, and anyone in the wider-community, the learning programme offers people a great opportunity to take part in training that can help them get back into work, deal with on-going benefit changes or just get out of the house and enjoy a new hobby.

Severnside resident, Cindy Ball said “I think the Severnside Learning Programme is fantastic.  During the last five years I have taken part in a whole host of courses that have been free of charge and I plan to do more this year.  It’s a great way to get out and meet interesting people, whilst learning something new.   I have restricted mobility so the help Severnside offer with travel arrangements is brilliant.”

Anyone on Job Seekers Allowance can look out for a Claimant Commitment tick which appears against courses which, subject to the agreement of their Job Centre Advisor, can count towards their weekly commitment hours.

Melanie Pilliner, Senior Sustainable Communities Officer, at Severnside who is responsible for managing the Learning Programme said “As always, our Learning Programme is packed full of short courses and training sessions, so no matter what a person’s age or ability there really is something for everyone.  The majority of courses are free to our residents and cost just £3.50 to non-residents.

Anyone can sign up to take part, so why not take a look at our learning programme brochure and book on a course.  You can do this by visiting the Severnside website ( or by contacting Severnside’s Sustainable Communities Team on 0300 300 0059."

The training courses are delivered by Severnside staff and its partner agencies including Shropshire County Training, Safer Food Group, Relate, Learn my way, Energize, Shropshire Council, British Red Cross, Shropshire RCC, Shropshire Training Ltd, Sure Start, British Red Cross, Landau, Jobchange, Riversway, Virtual College, Sainsbury’s and the Prince’s Trust.