FREE Google Digital Garage sessions for residents of Thurrock

News from Thurrock Adult Community College. The South East Learning and Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and the Digital Skills Partnership have been working with Google to organise some more free digital skills training. These are free for all residents in the south east of England – including of course in Thurrock

Visit the website by click here

Courses include

  • Finding you career goals
  • Updating your CV
  • Build your personal Brand Online
  • Productivity for Working Remotely
  • Safety First: Protect yourself Online
  • Keep your Family Safe Online
  • Four #IamRemarkable

Christmas dinners for the Community

Riverside Community Big Local were kept busy over the Christmas period in the planning and execution of our Christmas dinners for the Community!

The idea was put forward by Renae Leybourn, one of our board members, and it wasn’t long before The Fleet in Purfleet had offered to cook the 50 meals for former rough sleepers, those who are vulnerable and isolated and those who had no access to a hot meal.

But these weren’t any dinners, these are Christmas Dinners, to be delivered chilled on Christmas Eve ready to be reheated on Christmas Day. Even the bags were a gift-donated by Ghurka Kitchen in Grays and each bag included the meal with all the trimmings, a Christmas hat and a special treat-a mini Christmas Cake-made and supplied by South Essex College.

The pictures show us happy elves preparing the bags and getting ready to deliver them on Christmas Eve.

A special Thank you to all at the Fleet-Dermot, Alison and Holly.

Free Courses Part 2

Fulfil your ambitions with one of these free online training courses. 41 courses covering a wide range of subjects from Customer service to Awareness of Mental Health problems , from Business Improvement Techniques to Equality and Diversity.

Click here for the full List

We are looking at the possibility of setting up study groups in the area to provide support for those doing the same course.

Mental Health Awareness Day and Reach Out for Mental Health

A very quick post to let you all know that to mark World Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday 10th October Reach Out for Mental Health are hosting a pop-up living room in the heart of Grays town centre, in the mall.



Living Rooms are a relaxed and informal place for ANYONE to come and have a sit down, a chat, a sing song, play some games or just to sit quietly with a group of people.

The idea comes from Camerados- please check out the link for all the information you need on this fabulous concept.

Reach Out for Mental Health would love to see your friendly and familiar faces there, tell your colleagues, customers, friends- tell everyone! Don’t eat at your desk on Thursday, come down and see us.

Hope to see you all there.

Kirsty Eaton of Reach Out for Mental Health