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Newsletter Date: Winter 2011-2012 (Dec—Mar)

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LINKBRIDGE COMMUNITY SUPPORT CENTRE

NEWSLETTER M E R R Y CH R I ST M A S & A H AP P Y N E W Y E AR

LINKBRIDGE GARDENS IN WINTER

S E R V I CE F E A TU R E: G o - O n I nt er n et C o urs e The internet could help you get more out of life. The net – the web – online. They’re all words to describe the amazing creation that is the internet. Most people use the internet daily to make their lives simpler and more fun. Go ON - spend an hour with us and see what you could do online!  Keep in touch  Follow your hobbies  Research your family history  Save money  Get Healthy  Find a job It's easy to have a go. Whatever you're interested in, you could find out more about it using the internet. Type anything into the search box below and move your mouse to click the on

the search button. You'll see what we here! First you need to pick a free mean! email provider from the three listed below: Internet basics. The internet is a  Hotmail giant library of information. On the  Google Mail internet you can keep in touch with  Yahoo friends and family, read the news, follow your hobbies, watch your These courses are run every Tuesday favourite TV programmes, shop, and Friday, 9.30am -12 noon. compare prices, pay bills and much, much more. Watch our video to find out what other new internet users are doing online! Get an email account. If you're completely new to email, you might want to sign up for the beginner's course Online basics, which includes a module all about emailing. If you're ready to set up your own email account, we'll show you how right

We have many new courses starting this Winter

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MAIN POINTS:  Service Feature: Every issue we will highlight a service that Linkbridge provides  Read about activities taken place and coming up  Case studies and local issues being addressed  Drop into our centre for any general support, we will be happy to help  Contact us for more info about courses

Inside this issue: Front Cover:  Service Feature  Courses

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 1 Day Training

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 Charity Curry Night

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 First Aid/Food Hygiene

Training at Linkbridge  Inspired to beat alcohol  Not Letting illness Win  Case Studies

Look inside for more details...

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 About Us

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COURSES

LITERACY & NUMERACY COURSES

E AR ES RUN S 3 UR AT O C TH OM E S S E FR RE. E S H T UR LY MO O R K C EE S O W EK E W

Accredited adult Literacy and Numeracy courses from entry level up to Level 1 and level 2. Both courses are run by a qualified tutors. Anybody can join these courses.

PERSONAL MONEY MANAGEMENT LEVEL 1 NCFE Level Management

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COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS STAGE 2 We are currently running a Basic IT course for beginners. It is on every Tuesday afternoon. 1.00 - 3.00pm. This is a follow-on from the previous Basic I.T course.

Money

Tuesday 7th February - Tuesday 20th March 9.30am - 12.30pm The qualification aims to:  Provide learner with the knowledge and skills required to manage personal money  Allow learners to use knowledge gained in own personal financial circumstances  Reduce financial exclusion

MOVING ON WITH CONFIDENCE

CUSTOMER SERVICE LEVEL 2

Thursday 19th January 2012 10 am -12 noon

Friday 13th January 10am – 2pm until Friday 23rd March

The next step in building your confidence. Where are you now and where will you go from here.

This course will provide an understanding of the importance of customer care and incorporates the following:

Come and give your self esteem a boost! Start the New Year as you mean to go on.

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 Promoting your products and services

Adapting Behaviour Resolving complaints Effective Communication Identifying Customers needs Team working


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Day Training Courses

FIRST AID & FOOD HYGIENE COURSES Emergency First Aid One-Day Course

E AR S ES SE S R R U NE CO C O U O E ER Y. ES T H H T T R DA EI O A G F S H TIN AL H S LA OR Y DA

MANUAL HANDLING COURSE Non-accredited Manual Handling course available to anyone. 23rd February 2012 9.30-12.30 EE FR RSE U CO

Thursday 26th January 2012 9.30am - 4.30pm £26 Per Person Food Hygiene Level 2 One-Day Course Thursday 2nd February 2012 9.30am - 4.30pm £26 Per Person On completion of any of these courses the learner will receive a recognised certificate.

PRINCIPLES OF MANUAL HANDLING CIEH Accredited Course 1/2 Day : Thursday 19th January 2012: 9.00am-1.00pm : £50 These courses have been designed to ensure employers are meeting essential regulations in line with Health and Safety Law.

FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS

HEALTH & SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE

Centre Certificate

CIEH Level 2 Accredited Course

1/2 Day : Friday 13th January 2012: 9.30am-12.30pm : £35

1 Day : Thursday 12th January 2012: 9.30am-4.30pm : £50

These courses have been designed to ensure employers are meeting essential regulations in line with Health and Safety Law.

These courses have been designed to ensure employers are meeting essential regulations in line with Health and Safety Law.


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FUNDRAISING EVENT


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FOOD HYGIENE: MAKING THE GRADE Members of the community Action for Children and Cornerstone Church were delighted to hear that they passed their training gaining a Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (CIEH)

FOOD HYGIENE: MAKING THE GRADE Members of the community including voluntary and community groups taking part in Emergency First Aid Training.


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INSPIRED TO BEAT ALCOHOL My name is Robin Wilcock, I am 54 years old with over 30 years experience working in the building trade. I have a zest to learn new things and like to take up any opportunities that are helpful to me and others.

I have been a member of the Linkbridge Centre for

approximately 3 years, where I take part in personal development courses designed to encourage independence and healthier lifestyles. My life has not been without problems, like a lot of people, I started drinking in my teens continuing it into adulthood as a social past time. Being in the building trade it was natural to go to the pub after work to meet up with friends and relax. I didn’t realise at the time but I was becoming more reliant on alcohol. In 1986 I found myself in hospital receiving treatment for alcoholism.

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managing my dependency for quite a while. I am currently attending Inspire to help me move on with the help of their programmes. Inspire is run by CRI in partnership with Work Solutions and Acorn Housing/treatment. I want to share a poem I wrote in gratitude for all the support I received and in the hope it will encourage and help others who may struggle to overcome alcohol or addiction.


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DONT LET ILLNESS GET THE BETTER OF YOU

CASE STUDY 1: Jamroz Khan - Go-On Internet Course One of our members, after a varied and productive career was curtailed due to ill health, was referred to Linkbridge. He had never used a computer before, believing that they were only for ‘educated people’. He joined the Go-On course for beginners and was guided every step of the way, completing his course and receiving his certificate.

“It has opened up a whole new world for me.” “My experience at Linkbridge has been very good; the staff are friendly and helpful.”

He now has a computer at home and can find all the information he wants at his fingertips.

CASE STUDY 2: Gillian Biggs —Health Trainer Support with Incapacity I have been unable to work for over ten years due to MS and arthritis in my spine and hips. I wanted to work but had been unable to find long term supported help on offer. The help available was for only one year then I would have to go it alone. I needed to find an organisation that would be able to give indefinite support allowing me to work 15 hours per week without losing incapacity benefit. I found this in Linkbridge. I needed to be able to work the few hours a week to enable me to feel useful and able to do my bit for society and not be a free loader. It is also important for my health and well being to have a structure to my day and give me a reason to get up in a morning. I have suffered from depression in the past, due partly to not being able to work and being stuck in the house. I had no energy or inclination to do anything in or

out of the house. I spent all my time sleeping and watching T.V. My health was at an all time low, there are a lot of people in the same boat, who have not been able to access the help that I have . Linkbridge is a community organisation that is for anybody to use and has been a godsend. My introduction to the group and Simon was a healthy eating course and the chance to talk to Simon about my difficulties around work. My current sessions tend to be a chance to talk about any issues that have arisen. It is so nice to know that Simon and Linkbridge are there to enable me to work, and only a phone call away when needed. My confidence, health and mental state have greatly improved and I have gained new friends. My relationship with my husband has

improved due to now having a social life. There needs to be more organisations like Linkbridge, to allow people with long-term disabilities to get back into work to improve their self-confidence, mental state and wellbeing, as the disability doesn’t disappear after a year like the help does.


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Who are we and what do we do? We are a voluntary service to the local community, Offering a valuable resources including: outreach support, information and advice. Some of the issues we can help with, include: Healthcare, Housing, Education, Employment, Money Management, and Furniture Recycling. We also run personal development courses including adult learning and job training programmes

Your Community Centre In

The Heart Of Duke Bar

Opening Times: Monday - Friday : 9am - 5pm 1 Swinless Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 3BN

Phone: 01282 715574 E-mail: info@linkbridgecentre.com

Fax: 01282 713205 Web: www.linkbridgecentre.com

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