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Mayor of Southwark gets to grips with eBay

The Mayor was on hand to give her backing to a course on how to buy and sell on the internet held at the Into Centre to launch Elephant Angels' SCALP2 programme of taster sessions for jobseekers.

SCALP2 – Southwark Community Advocacy Learning Project 2 – is all about providing "positive learning experiences" for people in Southwark. It follows on from SCALP, which was a consultation project to find out why some people do not participate in learning. The study found that lack of money, motivation and time, as well as bad learning experiences and the need for childcare provision were stopping people from taking up learning.

To encourage people to give learning a go, SCALP2 is providing free taster sessions for jobseekers who live in Southwark. These sessions, ranging from surfing the net to childcare and literacy and numeracy should mean that there is something for everyone. The fact that they are not too long, accessible, useful, fun and supported should make it easier for everyone to take part and learn new skills.

The taster sessions are on offer at a range of venues in Southwark, including the Beormund Community Centre, Into, Rockingham Community Centre and Geoffrey Chaucer Technology College. The courses are free to anyone who is unemployed and lives in Southwark.

• The current programme of taster sessions runs until March 2006. For a full schedule, call Debbie on 020 7358 5991 or email">

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