Creative Career Courses, this January at The Vale

We’re proud to be hosting two brand new creative courses starting in January 2021. Two of our resident organisations, Bangdrum CIC and Cabasa Canrival Arts, have been successful in receiving funding from the European Social Fund to deliver these free courses for Greater Manchester residents who are currently unemployed.* Both are aimed at giving you the skills and confidence you need to get back into employment or begin a creative career.

Each course will feature a mixture of face-to-face and digital sessions. Numbers are limited to allow for social distancing, so apply today to secure your place!


Handy People! from Bangdrum CIC

Professional artist and local handy man, Mike Green, will guide you through the basics of working with wood and creative DIY including safety tutorials and repair work. You will gain hands-on skills leading you to upcycle and breathe new life to used and old furniture. You’ll also take part in creative confidence builders, one-to-one sessions to support your personal development, and take you through what it means to be self-employed.


8 Week Batik from Cabasa Carnival Arts

If you’re interested in textiles, carnival, costume, getting hands on or just learning a new skill, this is the course for you! You’ll learn the history of Batik then get practical from designing, waxing and dyeing silk with our lovely in-house artists.

At the end of the course you’ll come away with a beautiful silk scarf and have the opportunity transfer your new skills onto our large-scale projects…or why not start your own project?




For more information on either course, follow the links above or give Kate a call on 01457 238 089.

The Vale is a Covid-secure community centre and venue in Greater Manchester. Under Tier 3 guidance, we are allowed to deliver face-to-face sessions under a limited capacity for the following reasons:

  •       for registered childcare, education or training
  •       support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support (not to take place in private dwellings)

This guidance has been lifted from official government guidance on October 21st 2020 which can be found here. The face-to-face elements of both courses will be subject to change as government guidelines are updated.

*As these courses are funded by European Social Fund, each have a strict eligibility criteria to. Please check with individual course requirements before applying.


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