Supported Learning

Do you have a learning difficulty and/or a disability?

ACL Essex has an wide range of courses for young people and adults with learning disabilities.  Our courses will help you to develop new skills and enjoy yourself.  You will learn new skills, make friends, get fitter and move towards independence and employment. 

New learners will have an interview to assess which courses meet their needs.  Please call 0345 603 7635 to arrange an interview.


Our courses are divided into 3 groups and take place at our learning centres around Essex:Find an ACL centre for courses for people with learning disabilities

  • Courses for well being and creativity
  • Courses to improve English and maths skills
  • Courses that are a pathway to employment

Find out more about these courses.

Courses for well being and creativity

These courses help you to develop creative skills and enjoy activities with other people. They are community learning courses.

We have courses for:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Arts for well beingarts and crafts symbol
  • Books, stories and poems
  • British history
  • Communication through music
  • Cooking and eating
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Drawing and painting
  • Fa shu
  • Gardening
  • Gentle exercisegardening symbol
  • Health and beauty
  • Home design
  • Home baking
  • Local history
  • Jewellery making
  • Music
  • Moving on
  • Our community
  • Our leisure time
  • Our world
  • Photography for wellbeing
  • Potterysensory music symbol
  • Progress club
  • Relearning after a stroke
  • Sensory Art
  • Sensory Gardening
  • Sensory Music
  • Sensory Sport
  • Singing
  • Sport and fitness
  • Summer cooking using a microwave oven
  • Summer crafts
  • Summer cupcakes and cookers
  • Summer dancetai chi symbol
  • Summer flower arranging
  • Summer make a hanging basket
  • Summer outings
  • Tai chi
  • Theatre skills
  • TV film and radio
  • Weaving and tapestry

Courses to improve English and maths skills

You will learn about different subjects and improve your English and Maths skills. 

  • Community reporting
  • Englishenglish symbol
  • Independent living skills
  • Maths
  • Summer cooking on a budget

The English and Maths courses are free.

Pathways to employment courses

These courses are for learners who want to develop skills for work.  They l
ead to qualifications. The courses are free if you on eligible benefits.

  • Everyday Livingworking in a shop symbol
  • Computers and iPads
  • Gardening for employment
  • Planning for life and work
  • Healthy living
  • Mini Enterprise
  • Stepping into employment
  • Travel and community awareness
  • Work skills cafeteria
  • Work skills gifts and cards

If you wish to learn new skills, meet new people and try new activities come along and meet with a member of the team.