Course overview

Community Makers City of Bristol College

This is a brand-new short course that is designed to help people who are interested in getting involved in their local community. This could be from simple involvement to creating and leading groups.

Community making has always been integral to local wellbeing, but especially since post lockdowns we wanted to re-build our community connections.

We start the course by building our community of trust in the group. During the course, we share our experiences of community and discussion forms a very significant aspect of the sessions.

We will cover different aspects of community making from looking at values to how and why communities are so diverse. We discuss some of the challenges community making has and also how groups form and work.

If you are looking for a course that covers getting involved in small ways or are thinking about starting a group and working with people in the community, or volunteering, then this may be the one for you.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This is a friendly course designed for adults aged 19+. It is aimed at people who want to start getting involved in their local community, start volunteering, or want to work in the community.

It is also useful for people already involved and want to skills share and develop their practice.

What you'll learn

We start our journey together by building a community of trust. We look at what values are and how important a deep understanding of them supports community making.

During our time on the course, we learn from each other and share what we already know about the communities we live in or have experience of.

The course has a base knowledge of community development and how you can develop your own practice. All the sessions will give you practical tools and suggestions for use as community makers.

The whole course has 10 sessions that create a pathway of knowledge to understanding yourself and your sense of belonging in your community.

During the sessions, we will cover topics such as how groups form and work, how behaviour in groups can present common challenges, what the word ‘community’ can mean and how diverse communities really are.

You are given the opportunity to share with the group via a talk or presentation something that inspires you, or share and teach us about your community, your volunteering organisation/charity or anything you would like to bring to the group around the themes we have covered.

Course entry requirements

You need to be able to read and write. You do not need any qualifications or references.

You apply via the website and then a meeting will be booked for you with Becca Lloyd the course Lecturer who will talk to you to make sure it’s the right course for you.

You can also contact Becca directly and leave a voicemail on 07890 518 607 or email

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This course is only delivered face-to-face. You will be part of a taught group. 3 taught hours a session for 10 sessions. There are no exams.

We do set goals and we achieve them during the course. The value of the course is attending every session to gain the best from it, so attendance is expected for every session.

Future career and study opportunities

This course is designed to support your aspirations. Progression can be into further studies and courses such as another Adult Community Learning Short Course.

Additional costs

All course materials are provided.

Please check with Learner Services and make sure you are eligible for the course to be free.

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