Crosscare’s Community College is based on Arran Quay and is an innovative new way of giving participants in the Crosscare community the opportunity to learn or teach new skills. During 2016, 693 people engaged with the Crosscare Community College as participants and/or tutors of 180 short, non-accredited courses in an informal setting.
Crosscare’s Community College represents the values and ethos of love, respect and excellence in a practical way through education. Courses are co-produced and co-facilitated by young people, clients, volunteers and staff members. Everyone in the Crosscare community has an opportunity to enrol in the courses on a first come first served basis. It is expected that college participants will benefit from their engagement with the college and enhance a skill they already possess or learn a new skill.
Our Community College aims to provide a space where people can grow and develop through participation in education. It plans to give people the opportunity to focus on their own strengths and enable them to enhance their skills, knowledge and confidence. The projected aim is that participants acquire knowledge, awareness and understanding of an area of interest.
The Community College aims to create a sense of connection and participation and also build on participants’ experience which will contribute to their curriculum vitae. It aims to provide a selection of courses, such as personal development, health and wellbeing, creativity, getting active, and will develop in many other areas as it evolves. The college plans to use educational action research to measure the impact of their service provision. The aim is to use pre and post course surveys to measure outcomes and ensure that aims and projected objectives are being met.
Good luck to everyone participating in this next term!
For all potential participants in the college, it is important to read the College agreement before committing to attend or facilitate a course. Click here.