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#CommunityLearningTogether

Each day, we’ll post an easy, fun, learning challenge under #CommunityLearningTogether… let us know how you get on! You can follow the challenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #CommunityLearningTogether.

Click on the title of each post below to find the full details for each day.

Day 65: Making Masks

During these difficult times, it is important to keep yourself and loved ones protected. Therefore our experienced dressmaking tutor Kate Unsworth is here to guide you through how to make a simple face covering. Whether you are a beginner to sewing, or more advanced, this Mask Making Workshop will give you the skills to create...

Day 64: Online Art Workshops

We have 4, brand new, free, Drawing & Painting workshops on our website! The workshops will be led by two of our professional artists, Liz Foster and Sue Clayton. There’s something here for everyone with 2 whole hours of artistic freedom! Find out more about all of them using the link below. Apples and Oranges:...

Day 63: Pilates for All

New online Pilates for All class, Fridays at 10am, with tutor Linda Perry, starting 5th June 2020. All you will need is access to Zoom and a space at home which is suitable and safe for exercise. This class is for all abilities. We’ve had some lovely feedback so far about our online Pilates classes....

Day 62: Museums and Galleries at Home

What can they offer to the whole family now, when museums are either closed or under strict social distancing measures? This free online course will take you on a journey of discovery into the world of online museums and galleries. Over five weeks we will cover: Introduction to digital museums and galleries - the many...

Day 61: Try an art class

Fancy joining an art class? Liz Foster is teaching two classes a week which have started but have got some spaces available: come and join in! You'll find all of our courses on our booking system by clicking here.  #CommunityLearningTogether

Day 60: Make your own Kefir!

“If I’d known that making my own kefir was as easy as this, I’d have been doing it years ago!” says Fiona, our Targeted Learning Manager. Kefir is a fermented milk product, similar to a thin natural yoghurt, a recognised probiotic drink which is believed to be good for gut health and digestion. It’s made...

Day 59: The Transformation Challenge

The entries we've seen for the York Learning transformation challenge so far look great! What can you turn your old jeans into? We are still accepting entries for the challenge. You can find all of the information here. We have extended the deadline until the 5th of June and would love to see what you...

Day 58: The ABCs of Science

Not a fan of science when you went to school? Do you have a child who is naturally curious about the world around them? Do you want to better support your children with their science homework? This free online course for parents, delivered by the University of York with support from York Learning and Family...

Day 57: Information, Advice and Guidance courses

We’re back with our popular Information, Advice and Guidance course, via Zoom this time! We’re launching the new offer with a short taster. Do you work or volunteer in a role where you engage and support others? Our IAG network comprises people working in all kinds of ways to help others achieve and learn –...

Day 56: Work Wellness… take a break!

Whether you're working from home or not, we're all learning to work differently. It's easy to forget to take a break during the day, but spending time on ourselves is as important as ever. With that in mind, here are 21 great ideas for taking a break - what have you found works best for...

Day 55: Cookery courses

Following last weeks' Curry Cookalong, we've added two more online cookery courses - a knife skills workshop where you can learn how to bone a chicken, and an Italian Cookery course. You can find all of the details by clicking the link below - and these courses are both free! See all of our cookery...

Day 54: Sue Clayton’s Sunflowers

This week Sue Clayton led her first online art workshop... we think the results are amazing! Did you take part? Share your artworks! Look out for more art workshops and courses appearing on our booking system very soon...

Day 53: Stay safe online

As we move towards putting more of our courses online, our IT tutors have been thinking about how we can help you to access online courses easily and safely. They've put together some information, which you'll find on our website using the link below, but you can also ask them anything you want by contacting...

Day 52: The York Learning Transformation Challenge

Not content with just watching the Great British Sewing Bee, we are very excited to introduce our York Learning Transformation Challenge! Our experienced Dressmaking tutor Kate Unsworth is asking for you to transform an old denim garment, such as jeans or a jacket, into a new garment, accessory or home item. We would love to...

Day 51: Chelsea Flower Show Online

Flowers, gardens and green spaces help us in all sorts of ways. It might be that you have been able to spend more time in the garden or park recently, or have bought some flowers or plants to brighten your home during lockdown. The Chelsea Flower show has gone virtual this year and for learners...

Day 50: Thank you teachers!

Today is National Thank the Teacher Day - so we want to say a huge thank you to all our fabulous teachers! We have to particularly thank them for the amazing way they have adapted to teaching online... we would be nothing without them.  To all our teachers... thank you!

Day 49: Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, this year on the theme of kindness - which makes us feel good, it is good for our health, good for our self-esteem, good for others and good for our connections and relationships. York's Time to Change champions have been putting together their thoughts on kindness on Youtube,...

Day 48: Yoga

Yoga has hundreds of health benefits, both mental and physical. We have three free courses starting this week, so this is a great time to join us to find out more! You’ll find all of the information you need here: bit.ly/YLYogaOnline

Day 47: National Walking Month

Did you know that May is National Walking Month? Living Streets, the walking charity, have put together lots of ideas to help us to get out and about and enjoy our time (safely) outdoors. Go and take a look! You'll find Living Street's website by clicking here. 

Day 46: Recycling projects

We're big fans of making things out of our recycled plastic bottles - from flowers (remember Bloom?)to elephants. You could also use recycled bottles to make colourful lanterns, plant pots, or even fairy houses. You can find all of these ideas (and more) on our Pinterest board by clicking here. What can you make with...

Day 45: A virtual rainbow update

Family Learning, York have been busy collecting pictures for their virtual rainbow... this week they need your blue pictures! This is a great activity for the whole family to get involved in... what can you see? Add your blue pictures to the comments below, share them on social media using #familylearningrainbow or email family.learning@york.gov.uk.

Day 44: Making masks

As the government is recommending that we all wear masks, we've turned out minds to sewing them! Big Community Sew has lots of simple patterns, hints and tips for making masks. Why not think about making them for friends or family, or joining a community group to help make masks for people and communities who can't make...

Day 43: National Numeracy Day

Today is National Numeracy Day! This year, a virtual festival is taking place on numeracyday.com, covering everything from maths in baking to helping young children with their homework. We'll also have Dave from our Family Learning team available on their facebook page between 1:30pm and 2:30pm to answer all of your maths related questions. Find...

Day 42: Life Drawing Live!

Today's #CommunityLearningTogether inspiration comes from our art tutors, who will be tuning in to 'Life Drawing Live!' on BBC Four this evening. "Viewers will be able to watch live and draw along, as amateur artists at home and in our socially distanced studio, capture a series of life model poses, based on classical works of...

Day 41: Inspirations Exhibition

The Inspirations Exhibition that we hold is year is one of our favourite events: students from across our art classes get a chance to exhibit their work in public. This year, whilst we can't hold a physical exhibition, we're very excited to be able to bring you Inspirations Online! We've collated all lots of work...

Day 40: Sitting for a portrait

A couple of years ago, Karl sat for Sue Clayton as part of a project she was doing, and made a video with her about what she was doing and why. In it, Sue explains some of the process behind sitting for a portrait and creating art. Enjoy! #CommunityLearningTogether

Day 39: More maths challenges!

You enjoyed Helen's maths based challenge last week so much that we thought we'd bring you another one today! Helen says... Is it possible to make all the numbers from 1 to 20 using only the digits 1, 2, 3, and 4 and +, x , - and ÷ ? You can use more than...

Day 38: VE Day 75

Today marks 75 years since the end of World War Two in Europe, known as VE Day, on the 8th May 1945. Across the country, street parties and celebrations were held to mark the end of the war, whilst those who did not return and those who were still at war in other parts of...

Day 37: Stay safe online

Do you know how to spot a scam? Sadly, many more scams are popping up as a result of COVID-19, so being vigilant is more important than ever. Cifas, a fraud prevention service, has a webpage dedicated to sharing information about COVID-19 fraud, which is worth keeping an eye on. Find the Cifas webpage by...

Day 36: Painted Terracotta Pots

Today's challenge comes from Claire, who's been painting terracotta pots to make pen holders for her children. Claire's decorated terracotta pots with old tester pots of paint, but you may have other things you could decorate. You could also use pictures from magazines or wrapping paper (aim for thin paper), or even sharpies. Use a...