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 activities, workshops and courses throughout the year. All of our sessions are free unless otherwise stated
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 Friday, 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.
National Career Advisors – Free and impartial advice on Skills, careers and the labour maret.
National Careers Advisor can support you with finding the right employment or learning options for you. They can help you find the right course to get the right qualifications, help develop your CV, improve your interview techniques, develop digital skills and progress into work. If you would like to book a one to one appointment at Bechange Community Hub National with a National Career Advisor call them on telephone no. 0800 100 900
Do you want to say something about mental health services? SpeakUP CIC want to listen to what you have to say about mental health services in the local area and will take forward your feedback. SpeakUP will be at our Drop in on Friday 4th October at 10am to 12pm
Free Internet for beginners drop-in
Dover District Council and BeChange are hosting a free internet for beginners session on Thursday 21 November. Anybody is welcome to attend the event from 10am- 12.30pm at the BeChange offices on Ackholt Road, Aylesham. Friendly experts will be on hand to talk you through how to access the internet and how to get the best from it. There’s no need to book in advance – if you, or someone you know, might benefit from a little help, simply turn up. Laptops and IPads will be supplied but you are welcome to bring along your own equipment if you wish.
Food 4 Thought FREE 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. More information to follow on when your next course will start. If you would like more information or to book a place telephone 01304 840134
Maths Functional Skills Level 1 &2 FREE 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 term time only, sessions are weekly and run for two hours. This course runs every Tuesday 9.30am – 11.30am The course starts back on September 2019. If you would like more information or to book a place please call 01304840134.
English Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 FREE 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 course starts back in September 2019. If you would like more information or to book a place please call 01304840134.
CSCS Training FREE Would you like to work in the construction sector. Completing 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. Next Course to be confirmed
Emergency First Aid at Work FREE This course is for Adults who wish to learn how to administer first aid in an emergency situation; through hands-on practical teaching and demonstrations including Defibrillator training. The courese is facilitated by Kent Adult Education Response A certificate will be issued upon satisfactory completion of the course and a short exam, which is then valid for three years. Dates of the next course is to be confirmed. For more information or to book a place telephone 01304 840134
Regular clubs and events
For Families and Children
Smart Families Get Fit Together FREE This is a course for families with children in reception to year 6. Families will cook together and make healthy family meals and snack as well as take part in a fun Active Kids session. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Startin Tuesday 15th October at 3.15pm - 4.45pm. If you would like more information or to book a place on this course please telephone 01304 840134.
Playing Out Project Tools, for chidlren aged 7-11. The workshops are part of a large research project exploring outdoor play and are hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University. Experienced researchers offer a day of indoor and outdoor activities for your children, which will involve team-work, problem solving, creativity and lots of free play. The whole session will be video recorded so the researchers can better understand the psychology of group play. All staff are DBS checked and all data collected will be strictly confidential, anonymised and used only by the team of researchers. The next Playing out sessions to be confirmed
For Young People
Clash of Pans FREE For young people in years 7 – 11. Sessions will include learning practical cookery skills, Healthy Eating, experimenting with different ingredients, and understanding food labeling. Cook a snack/meal in our training kitchen to eat at the end of the session. Our next course will be coming soon. For more information or to book a place telephone 01304 840134
Busy Bees – Games and Pastime every Thursday 10am to 1pm for Adults FREE An opportunity to meet with others and play games such as Scrabble, Cluedo, Bridge, Dominos. Refreshments available
Busy Bees – Upcycling every Friday 10am – 2pm for Adults FREE Upcycling involves taking old furniture and materials and making them into something new and beautiful. This group is all about sharing and learning new skills, as well as spending time with like minded people. The group is friendly and always welcomes new members. Great fun and good for the environment too! No experience necessary. Refreshments available
Craft Club Monthly - Our monthly craft club is for adults and is a great opportunity to come and try our different crafts and meet like minded poeole who enjoy being creative. No experience is necessary. The next craft sessions will be on Wednesday 9th October at 10am to noon.
Swap Shop 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 Shop will be 1st November from 11.30am to 1pm
Other activities going on at Bechange Community Hub
Aylesham Karate and Martial Arts Club Kyokushin Karate and Self Defence for boys and girls age 7 plus. Learn a strong and powerful martial art ini a fun and friendly club. Every Wednesday starting 1st May 6pm – 7pm. For more information and to book telephone Paul on 07768126171
KC Dancers & Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre for Boys & Girls age of 5yrs every Saturday at 10am to 12 noon. For more information contact Karen at KC Dancers on 01304 449214 or 07848163691 or Pop in for your free trial class