Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Get involved, why not!

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WHATEVER you want to do in the area of leisure-time activities, whether starting from scratch or developing existing skills, Catalyst Art has organised a wide variety of courses with you in mind!

Running from late January through to the end of the year, the workshops are taking place mainly on Saturday mornings in venues all around Eastbourne – town centre, Meads, Old Town, plus Polegate, Willingdon and Jevington – in order to make access as easy and convenient as possible.

‘Visual Arts’ includes drawing, watercolours, painting on tiles, acrylics and mixed media; ‘Drama and Dance’ is specifically for children to build their confidence in acting, singing and movement, whilst working towards a show;

in ‘Embroidery and Crafts’ you can, amongst other things, ‘brighten the winter days by creating a mini-magical garden in fabric and thread’!

To give opportunity to meet tutors and chat with other participants, refreshments are available before each session.

The cost of courses is by no means excessive and discounts are available.

New workshops and classes will be added to the 2012 programme, so visit {http:// www.catalyst-arts.org|www.catalyst-arts.org|www.catalyst-arts.org} for the up-to-date list. You will find an application form there too.

Helen McCabe, project manager, gives details of special opportunities for more volunteers to get involved with Catalyst Arts:

Web Developer

An enthusiastic person to develop the website. A keen interest in websites and social media is essential; however, training will be provided in how to maintain websites. Must have own computer and internet access and be interested in learning how to use social media skills.

Admin/Customer Service Assistant

An enthusiastic person to help with administration. This role will include sending out booking confirmations, answering emails and phone calls. Training will be provided; however, the person must be well-organised. Must have own computer and internet access.

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SOMETHING rather different, but still ‘hands-on’ and practical, is offered by Computers for Charities, based in Hailsham.

They are introducing a Level 1 Diploma in Recycling Activities, the course objective being ‘to enable students to be competent in the necessary skills and methodology required to refurbish a personal computer.’

Several case studies appear in the publicity of people who have benefited from the teaching. Here is one.

‘A young man in his early 20s had an interest in computing, borne from helping his brother, who has learning difficulties, to use and maintain his own pc. He had always wanted to work with young people with learning difficulties, and although he had had several interviews for employment within this field, had been unsuccessful in obtaining a job.

‘The course stimulated his interest in working with computers and on completion he put his new – found skills into practice. On his next interview he was able to discuss his recent course. He got the job and is happily eighteen months into his new full-time career where he uses his skills weekly.’

Find out more at computersforcharities.org

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P.S. The Mayor’s Day of Prayer in Eastbourne Town Hall was good, wasn’t it?