Free pottery course for residents

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Mon 27th May 2024

A free creative course is being offered to residents across Derbyshire.
The Pottery Brightside Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing course will start on June 11 in Alfreton and run for six weeks.
The Derbyshire Adult Community Education (DACES) department has received funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to provide courses for Derbyshire residents.
A spokesman for DACES said: “As part of our enrolment process participants will be required to show evidence of residency to check their eligibility for funding, as well as for ID checks.
“It is open to adult learners aged 19 plus. If you live in a devolved area you can enrol onto our courses online, over the phone or in centre, but full cost fees apply and we will contact you about any additional fees due. You can check your eligibility for funding online.”
The creative sessions will take place at Alfreton ACE Centre in Church Street, starting on Tuesday, June 11. They will run from 10.30am until 12.30pm each week for six weeks.
The spokesman continued: “Use creativity to support your mental health issues. In this course you will have the chance to develop your skills working with clay whilst finding a calm place to nurture your mind.
“Clay can also be an effective tool to reduce anxiety, promote a positive mood, enhance creativity, healing and induce self-expression. These sessions offer a friendly and informal environment to be creative with clay.
“If you suffer from mild to moderate mental health issues like anxiety, panic attacks, depression, low confidence and/or self-esteem, social isolation then this course is for you. Our courses are for people who live in Derbyshire aged 19 and over.”
They added: “This is a classroom-based. There will be practical activities with guidance from your tutor. You will be given group tasks and can work on your own projects. Your tutor will give you support and feedback so you know what to do to improve. This course is offered free of charge.”

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