What’s New for Spring

It doesn’t really feel like it, but Spring is here! We’ve made some changes to the timetable which will be in effect from now until the May half term (25th May 2018).

Going out:

PHOTOGRAPHY – Our photography class has now finished – might be returning before the summer holidays depending on demand.

ARTS & CRAFTS – Arts & Crafts class has 3 more weeks, taking us up to the Easter holidays then is finishing as a weekly class. We will be holding one off craft mornings for different activities.

Coming in:

SWIMMING – Swimming is back! Every Thursday, free swimming at Aston University for those signed up, anytime between 12 and 18:45pm. (If you have a baby/toddler, you can still take part, but it will need to be between 2pm and 5pm and there needs to be one adult per child.) – To join, simply contact us to be added to the register.

DRIVING THEORY – We will be offering new places for Driving Theory Class, starting in April, with a new day and time – Wednesday mornings, 9:30 – 11am. This will be a five week course.

SELF DEFENCE – There will be a starter workshop for anyone interested in self defence classes on Wednesday 21st March, 9:15 – 12:15.

EAT WELL COURSE – This will be a six week course on healthy eating, starting from Monday 16th April, 1pm – 3pm.

ADVICE AND ADVOCACY – This will be a weekly support for parents of children aged 0-5, on housing, benefits, debt management, job readiness and any other help needed such as filling in forms or telephone calls.

We will be continuing with Entry 2 ESOL, IT, Pre-Entry ESOL, Ladies Fitness, Life in the UK and Help/Advice drop-ins as normal.

If you would like to join any of these activities, please contact us HERE, or come into the school office to speak to us.

(Alternatively, if you see nothing you need, but there is something else you’d like to do, contact us and tell us! All of our activities come from ideas from our users – just ask.)

Cadbury World!

In some of our school holidays, we like to travel outside of the city, like last half term when we visited the Forest of Dean, or summer at Sutton Park, or Malvern. In other holidays, we like to remember that there are a lot of brilliant things to see and do right here in Birmingham. We think Cadbury World is one of those!

With the exciting tour of the history of chocolate, starting in the Aztec Empire. John Cadbury and his sons explaining their journey to their giant chocolate factory – particularly when the room shakes to show us what happens to the cocao beans!

Then there’s the chocolate mixing demonstration, the Cadabra Ride, the 4D cinema and the giant playground! The free chocolate went down quite well too…


Thank you everybody for a lovely day out. If you enjoyed that trip and want to put your name down for the next trip in the Easter holidays, or you didn’t go and think you would like to join the next one. Contact us HERE. 


Wicked in Birmingham


In April this year, the west end theatre show ‘Wicked’, will be at the Hippodrome, Birmingham. Wicked is a musical, with an alternative take on the book and film, The Wizard of Oz.

Reach Out has a limited number of tickets available, for the evening showing on Wednesday 04th April. We are offering these tickets for free, to adult users of the Reach Out project. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a ticket, you just need to fill in a short questionnaire, about activities you’ve taken part in with us. You can get a questionnaire by coming into school and asking at the front office, or you can contact us and request one by email. 

The deadline for returning questionnaires is Friday 2nd February. When all of the questionnaires are in, we will draw 34 names at random. These 30 will receive one ticket each. Please be aware these tickets are for adults only – no children or toddlers will be admitted to the theatre.

What’s On 2018

Happy New Year from Reach Out!

We’re very excited for this coming term, with new classes and new activities on offer. We’re keeping all of our old favourites too, but we’re changing things around a little bit so please do check the timetable!

We’re very excited to be introducing two brand new classes!

  • First we have Ladies Fitness Class – Which will be replacing Zumba, on Wednesdays at 2pm – 3pm.

Zumba has been brilliant, but for the new year we want to change things up a bit. Ladies fitness will have less dance, more work out! With lots of different ways to get fit and have fun!
If you have small children, please feel free to bring them along. If they’re not walking yet, we have a lovely big pay pen and toys to keep them occupied. If they’re up and walking, why not let them join in!

This is our first time of trying a photography class here in school. We have a very experienced photographer coming in to teach us the basics of Photography, including how to take great pictures with what you have – be it a small camera, a more professional camera or even just your smart phone!

We’re also continuing with Basic ESOL, Life in the UK, Driving Theory Class, Arts & Crafts and will be continuing with Baking and Swimming later on in the school year.

To view our full timetable, CLICK HERE.

  • By request, we will be having one off courses in First Aid and Self Defence, later this term.

  • As always, in addition to our classes and clubs we offer volunteering opportunities, help with job applications/job searches, help with CV’s or any other issues we can. Please come and talk to us, whether you are a parent at our school or just a member of the Nechells community, we’re here to help.

  • And finally, we are of course continuing with our school holiday activities and trips for 2018. For the upcoming February half term we will be taking a trip to Cadbury World here in Birmingham, as well as having two activity days here at St Vincent’s. Get in touch if you would like to take part!

2017 was a fantastic first year for us, but we want 2018 to be bigger and better. Reach Out is a two year project, so we want to make it count!

If you have any requests for classes or activities you would like us to run, please let us know. If it can be done, we will do our best!

Christmas Craft Fair

Well done to all who took part in our craft fair last week, whether you made something or just came along. All of the Christmas crafts were absolutely beautiful, our Arts & Craft Club worked so hard and the results were impressive!

Amazing Mehndi designs, Christmas tree ornaments, Christmas decorations, jewellery, raffle and cookie decorating!

We sold over £100’s worth of your excellent handmade items, the balance will go to an activity of your choice in the new year, well done all!

Winter Craft Fair

This December, the Reach Out Project Steering Committee are planning a craft fair here in school, where you will be able to buy lots of homemade decorations, jewellery, even try making for yourself!

Craft Club have been working hard on some Christmas themed crafts:


And will be continuing next week, 1:15 – 3:15. If you’d like to try it for yourself, come along then and see what you can do.

The Winter Craft fair will be on Thursday 14th December, with lot’s of lovely things to buy and one or two things for free too! Look out for more details soon.