Adult Learning

NXG Trust offers heavily subsidised courses for local residents to improve, update and branch out on their learning, skills and qualifications. Upcoming courses are shown in the table below and can be booked via Eventbrite. If there is a short course that you would like to do but cannot see on this page, please contact Jill on 0207 639 7605.

Due to the most recent (January 2021) lockdown, all of our courses are currently on hold. Please keep an eye on our website for announcements of new dates once the current restrictions are lifted.

Forthcoming Courses 

Course Date Time Book
Mental Health First Aid TBC 9.15-4.15pm Eventbrite
Safeguarding, Children and Young People TBC 9.30-3.15pm Eventbrite
Food Safety TBC 9.15-4.00pm Eventbrite
Customer Service TBC 9.15-4.15pm Eventbrite
Emergency First Aid TBC 9.15-4.15pm Eventbrite
Paediatric First Aid TBC 9.00-4.30pm Eventbrite
Fire Safety Marshall TBC 9.15-4.15pm Eventbrite
Bee Keeping TBC 6.00-8.00pm Eventbrite

Costs: All courses are offered at a highly subsidised rate. The course fee for most courses is £50.00 if you are in work, although there is a reduced rate of £10.00 for those who are not currently in work and who live in New Cross. This charge contributes towards the certification costs of the course. Documentary evidence will be required. NB: the charge for Paediatric First Aid is £45. 

“The gardens are serene and the facilities for running courses is ideal. All the staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful and I would recommend this place to anybody. I hope the local community is aware of the gem that is Besson Street Gardens”
Course participant.

Booking: If you are interested in booking in to any of our courses, please contact the office for further information. Alternatively, you can click on the orange Eventbrite button on the right of the page, to book online.

Course outlines: For further information on the content of the usual courses that we offer, please see below:

First Aid at Work: This is a level 3 qualification is designed for anyone who is willing to take on the role and responsibility of administering first aid in the workplace. The course covers many areas including: seizures, shock, wounds and bleeding, assessing an incident, CPR, burns and scalds, and much more. First Aid at work is usually run over four consecutive Fridays.

“I’m unemployed right now and thought being a qualified first aider would help make more employable and  get my CV more up to date, just give me a better chance in an interview situation” Sacha I.

Food Health and Hygiene: This is a Level 2 course designed to equip anyone working or planning to work in the service industry with an industry standard qualification in food hygiene and handling. It is an intense, one day course with a multiple choice test at the end of the day. Certificates are awarded by Access Training 21 accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

“Getting this certificate, along my first aid certificate, helped me get registered as a childminder, now I’m earning a good living, thanks for the opportunity.” Sofia J.

Customer Service: This is a level 2 accredited qualification designed for all learners working or preparing to work in a customer service role or where using the telephone is a part of their role. The course covers the principles of customer service including how to meet customer expectations, the importance of appropriate behaviour and communication techniques, as well as ways to deal with problem customers. It requires a minimum of 6 hours attendance. There is a short multiple choice test at the end.

Fire Warden Training: This is a level 2 certificated course accredited by Highfield and delivered in one day. This qualification is ideal for anyone who wants to boost their CV and put themselves ahead of others at an interview with a useful qualification that could save a new employer time and money. Subjects include hazards and risks, controlling fire in the workplace, the principles and practice of fire safety management at work and the role of the nominated fire warden.

Care agenda: We offer a variety of courses based around the care agenda including: Child Protection, Safeguarding of vulnerable adults, ADHD and Autism awareness, Diabetes awareness, Dementia awareness, and many more. Please contact the office for the courses that we are currently offering.

ESOL (English as a second or Other language): Thanks to some much needed funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, we are able to provide ESOL training three days per week. The classes run Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and are provided  at a variety of levels. To book onto a course, you need to first have an assessment, so that you can be placed in a class appropriate to your level of English. Assessment sessions are 3.30-5.00pm on a Monday, and 5.00-6.00pm on a Wednesday. For these you can just turn up at Besson Street Community Garden. We will then try and slot you in to one of our courses.

Bee-Keeping: This course is designed for those interested in taking up bee-keeping, those interested in helping out with ‘community bees’ or would just like to know more about bees in the urban environment. The course runs for three consecutive evenings from 6pm-8pm.

“I  wanted to say a huge thanks for running this course – without it, my husband and I would still be dreaming of keeping bees instead of having bought our first hive and preparing for the bees to arrive next spring!  This is a massive first step for us on our journey to eventually having a smallholding, and the confidence boost is indescribable.  The fact we actually had hands on time at the hives was also invaluable, practising using the kit and dispelling any fears about being around the bees.   You picked a great instructor and by offering the course at such an affordable rate it meant we could both attend, instead of just my husband as we had originally thought would have to happen”. Alexandra.

Other courses: We continually review our courses, and how we can improve the range of courses on offer. We welcome your feedback as to the types of courses that would be helpful to you. Updates on the courses on offer and dates will also be posted on Facebook (

Office telephone number: 0207 639 7605. Or email: