Bechange community Hubs is open as follows: Tuesdays 9am to 5pm; Wednesday 9am-5pm; Thursday 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-5pm. Bechange has a range of FREE activities, workshops and courses throughout the year.
Walk in Support Services
Bechange Benefits, Housing & Employability Advice Drop In Are you looking for advice regarding your benefit entitlement, unsure of the housing bidding system or require some help with filling in/understanding forms? We also have a regular job club at the drop in so if you need to update your CV, need help looking for or applying for a job on line then support is here for you. Come see us Fridays from 10am till 12pm We will be offering advice, support and information over a cuppa during these sessions.
One YOU Lifestyle Service Drop In
One YOU Lifestyle Service are here to support you to have a happy, healthy lifestyle. One YOU can support you with a range of different issues including healthy eating, exercise, quitting smoking, alcohol or drug issues, sexual health, stress, emotional wellbeing and advice on local services. Every Wednesday, here at Bechange we will have a One You Lifestyle Adviser providing free weekly drop-in sessions welcome to all of the public or call Lizzie on 07800535541 to make an appointment
One Stop Shop Domestic Abuse Support
If you or someone you know is affected by Domestic Abuse, help is available. We can provide professional and confidential support at Bechange Community Hub every Wednesday morning 10am – 12pm
Food 4 Thought Come along and find out all about cooking healthy meals on a budget. Get lots of ideas on meal planning, budgeting and understanding food labelling. These Free sessions will include practical cooking (take a meal home for the family) as well as information sessions. Starting Tuesday 18th September, weekly for 5 sessions. for more information or to book a place telephone 01304 840134
Maths Functional Skills Level 1 &2 A friendly and relaxed course which aims to build your confidence in everyday maths. Facilitated by East Kent College, the groups are small and friendly and cover entry level to level 2 Maths. This course runs every Tuesday 9.30-11.30am term time only. The new term will start 11th September, if you would like to book a place please call 01304840134.
English Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 A friendly and relaxed course which aims to build your confidence in English and give the skills that are needed in everyday life. Facilitated by East Kent College, the groups are small and friendly and cover entry level 1, 2 and 3 and level 1 and level 2 English. Courses cover the three elements of English, speaking, listening and Reading and writing. This course runs term time only, sessions are weekly and run for two hours. This course runs every Thursday 9.30am – 11.30am. The new term will start 11th September, if you would like more information or to book a place please call 01304840134.
CSCS Training Would you like to work in the construction sector. Through this two day course you can achieve a level 1 Award in Construction Certificate which will allow you to work on a construction sight. The course is followed by a test which is taken at the test centre in Canterbury. The test and course are fully funded and are therefore free. Dates to be confirmed for the next course in October. If you would like more information or to book a place please call 01304840134.
Games, Tools, Adventure (GTA) for young people aged 13- 18 This programme includes Archery, team building, our door cookery, bushcraft and using tools, lighting fires safely and camp activities and much more! There are 10 sessions which are held at Bechange Community Hub in our hall and garden and are held on Mondays and Wednesdays 5pm – 7pm. If you would like more information or to book a place please call 01304 840134
Regular clubs and events
Little Green Finger Gang Toddler group
Little Green Finger Gang is for children aged 0-4 years and their family. Every Wednesday 1pm – 2.30pm there is Fun craft, physical, imaginary play and singing in our spacious Hall. During the summer months and warmer weather children can also explore our community garden and learn about the environment through play and fun activities. There is a small charge of £1 for the first child and 50p for additional siblings, this includes refreshments. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Busy Bees – Games and Pastime every Thursday 10am to 2pm for Adults
An opportunity to meet with others and play game such as Scrabble, Cleudo, Bridge, Dominos. Refreshments available
Busy Bees – Upcycling every Friday 10am – 2pm for Adults
Upcycling involves taking old furniture and materials and making them into something new and beautiful. Great fun and good for the environment too! No experience necessary. Refreshments available
Our One YOU advisor runs a monthly Swap Shop here at Bechange Community Hub. Come and swap those pre-loved but outgrown children clothes, toys and children equipment. Dates of the next Swap Sops are the 12th September, 3rd October and 7th November.
Smart Families Get Fit Together
This is a course for families with children age 4-11. Families will cook together and make healthy family meals and snack as well as take in a fun Active Kids session. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Starting on the 7th November running weekly for 4 sessions. If you would like more information or to book a place on this course please telephone 01304 840134.
Bechange Homemade Christmas
Christmas can be an expensive time of year! This course is full of ideas of how you can save money including making cooking for Christmas and making Christmas decorations, cards and Gifts. Starting on the 7th November running weekly for 4 sessions. If you would like more information or to book a place on this course please telephone 01304 840134.
Monday 5pm – 7pm – GTA (Games, Tools & Adventure) Starts 17 September
Tuesday 12.30pm – 2.30pm – Food 4 Thought Starts 18th September
Wednesday 10am -12pm - FREE DROP IN One YOU Lifestyle Adviser 10am – 12pm - FREE DROP IN Domestic Abuse 1.00-2.30pm – Little Green Fingers Gang (For under 5s, £1 per child, 50p per sibling)
Thursday 10am – 2pm Busy Bees Games & Past Times
Friday 10am-12pm – FREE DROP IN Benefits, Housing and Employability Advice – 10am – 12pm Busy Bees Upcycling
All courses are held at Bechange Community Hub Ackholt Road, Aylesham, CT3 3AJ
During the year we host a range of courses run by our partners Response Adult Education Response. Participants are required to be 19 or over, be unemployed or on a low income. We will update our website regularly with information on courses that are being run here so please look out for these on our timetable. If you feel that you would like to join us on one of these course please let us know and we can put your name on a waiting list.
- Introduction to Customer Services – This course will provide an introduction to skills and personal qualities required for careers and job opportunities within the customer services sector.
- Food Safety - Level 1 covers serving food and can be followed by level 2 which covers preparing food safely. Ideal for those people who are wanting to work or volunteer in the catering sector.
- COSHH Level 2 Safety Training- This qualification is designed for those who want to understand using substances hazardous to health at work. Relevant in many industries including Hairdressing and Beauty, Cleaning and Maintenance, Engineering and Printing. It introduces learners to substances, the risks and controls available and outlines what to expect from a control of substances to health (COSHH) assessment.
- Emergency First Aid at Work – This course is for those who wish to learn how to administer first aid in an emergency situation, through hands-on, practical teaching and demonstrations.