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Current Projects

ACDA Skills Training currently offers ESOL (Basic English language) classes as well as Basic IT (Digital Skills) Training to local residents in Ealing.

 

We offer free remote digital skills assistance to anyone who needs help using either a computer, laptop, tablet device or smartphone from their own home including access to free basic or intermediate online courses and resources. 

 

Alongside this we are also offering free virtual ESOL classes to those individuals who want to improve their English language skills, especially their confidence in speaking and listening from their own home.

Personalised support and training are provided through one-to-one or small group sessions either over the phone, by email or text message and via video calls - depending on what works best for the learner.

ACDA Skills Training has significant experience in supporting families with children. Over the past 11 years, ACDA Skills Training has delivered several outreach services to local libraries, schools, children’s centres, addiction and mental health services, community centres and housing associations and sheltered accommodation.

 

Our staff and volunteers have delivered English language classes, digital skills, volunteering and employability programmes to vulnerable and disadvantaged families and individuals from the local community at a number of locations across West London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecting Families:

 

As part of a new initiative we are working on called ‘Connecting Families’, a free tablet device with internet connectivity is given to a vulnerable family who we know would really benefit from it.

 

With a focus on improving the lives of the children and young people in the household. ACDA Skills Training will set up and distribute devices specifically for disadvantaged families with children who are most in need.

 

As part of the service, we will also provide initial and ongoing support to those families who receive devices to support their children, by using the device to keep healthy and safe online, use essential services, manage their financial health and connect to family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reducing Parental Conflict:

 

ACDA Skills Training is helping parents learn how to resolve conflict at home more successfully and make them more self-aware of how their words and actions as parents can affect their children indirectly without really thinking about it. We provide training to help parents and carers to learn how to resolve conflict at home more successfully and make them more self-aware of how their words and actions as parents can affect their children indirectly without really thinking about it through the ‘See it Differently’ videos and training.

 

Skills like ‘Staying calm’, ‘Speaking for yourself’ and ‘Re-thinking how you say things’ can change how things play out in households and let parents, their family and their children see it differently.
 

The aim of this intervention is to help parents recognise, identify and reflect on conflictive behaviour so that they can make things better in the future. We are offering this free support to all the schools and children's centres we are working with. The resources and content were produced by an organisation called OnePlusOne who are trying to find out how families get along, the challenges they face, and to see

how we can help families get on better.

 

 

Digital Financial Inclusion 

 

We have partnered with CleanSlate by helping to improve the financial wellbeing of low-income households to become better off.

 

We help individuals take control of their finances by working with them on a one-to-one basis on their budgeting and helping to check if they are getting all the financial support they are entitled to. 

Virtual support is available to support eligible participants ‘Future Proof their Finance’ using a range tried and tested tools and resources. Guidance and recommendations are made on areas that the individual could work on to help them understand and manage their finances more confidently.

As part of this project we also assist in providing relevant skills and training to people at risk of or affected by poverty and/or unemployment so that they can make informed choices about their finances and can continue to provide for themselves and their family.

 

 

 

 

Playing and Learning to Socialise (PALS):

 

We also offer a 10-week evidence-based programme called 'Playing and Learning to Socialise’ (PALS) which is aimed at children aged 4 to 6 years old who have difficulties with social interaction and display one or more of the following behaviours e.g. shyness, aggression, stubbornness, difficulty making friends etc.

 

The program is designed to help young children develop a range of social behaviours that will help them develop friendships and get along with others.

 

Sessions activities involved using puppets, watching a short video, listening to songs, using props, playing short games, story-telling, role-play to teach the children the various skills with short feedback and home exercises given to parents/ carers/ guardians in a group at the end of each session.

 

E-Safety

 

We have also delivered E-Safety training to schools on how to keep parents/ carers and their children safe when online.

 

We do this by offering workshops and training to help them gain the skills and knowledge they need to keep themselves safe so they can experience the Internet positively and responsibly using resources from Internet Matters and other well-known organisations.

 

During the workshop parents / carers gain an understanding of:

 

• how technology is changing and its effects

• what children and young people do online

• the risks that technology can pose

• which children are more vulnerable

• what we can do as individuals