“Learning new skills has given me more opportunites”

We deliver a range of learning and support services in the community;

Adult Learning, Coaching and Advice and Guidance

Adult Learning in Suffolk

With 30 years’ experience of delivering government funded adult learning opportunities in the community and with the community, we know how to deliver courses that are tailored to meet individual needs. We offer a wide range of courses from improving English/Maths/ICT/Vocational skills to supporting children in their learning or improving your wellbeing. Many of these courses lead to recognised qualifications. 

Our Learning Centres

We have a wide range of courses to support you in life and work provided by our learning centres across Suffolk in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Lowestoft and Newmarket.

Course Fees

Many places on our courses are FREE so please contact us to see if you are eligible. Alternatively you can pay online.

Here is a taste of what you can learn:

Essential Skills:

  • English
  • Maths
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Computer Skills for Beginners
  • Computer Skills for the Office
  • ITQ Fast Track

Skills for Work:

  • Counselling
  • Childcare
  • Adult Social Care
  • Customer Service
  • Business & Administration
  • First Aid at Work
  • Health & Safety in the Workplace

A Helping Hand:

  • Stay Safe on the Internet
  • Computer Clubs
  • Confidence & Wellbeing
  • Stress Management
  • Living with Children
  • Confident & Assertive Parenting

Download a course brochure:


Walk-in Advice & Guidance

If you have a Learning Disability and/or Autism, we can provide advice, guidance and information on:

  • Housing
  • Benefits
  • Money
  • Safety
  • Bills/Letters

Contact us to find out more: info@realisefutures.org

Sessions near you

All Walk-in Advice and Guidance services are currently being delivered face to  face, but by appointment only.

South Suffolk:

IPSWICH
Pemberton House, Curriers Lane, Ipswich, IP1 2AQ
Day: Every Monday  Time: 13.30 – 16.30

WOODBRIDGE
Woodbridge Library, New Street, Woodbridge IP12 1DT
Day: First Tuesday of the month  Time: 10.00 – 12.00

MELTON
Poppy’s Pantry, The Sidings, Wilford Brisge Road, Melton, IP12 1TB
Day: Second Tuesday of the month  Time: 09.30 – 11.30

IPSWICH
Gainsborough Library, Clapgate Lane, Ipswich IP3 0RL
Day: Second Wednesday of the month  Time: 9.30 – 11.30

HADLEIGH
Hadleigh Library, 29 High Street, Hadleigh, IP7 5AG
Day: Last Wednesday of the month  Time: 10.00 – 12:00

FELIXSTOWE
Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe IP11 7BY
Day: Thursday  Time: 10.00 – 12.00 

Contact: Rebecca Webb-Heath 07753447607

To view the IAG service schedule, click here

Mid/West Suffolk:

SUDBURY
The Christopher Centre, 10 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury CO10 2EU
Day: Every Monday  Time: 10.00 – 12.00

NEWMARKET
Foley House, 52 Wellington Way, Newmarket, CB9 8HB
Day: 
Tuesday  Time: 09.00 – 11.30

HAVERHILL
The Haven Café,  Camps Road, Haverhill, CB9 8HB
Day: Every Wednesday Time: 10.00 – 12.00

BRANDON
Brandon Library, Bury Road, Brandon IP27 0BQ 
Day: 
Thursday  Time: 1o.00 – 12.00

STOWMARKET
Realise Futures Learning Centre, 27 Ipswich Street, Stowmarket IP14 1BB
Day: Every Thursday  Time: 10.00 – 12.00

MILDENHALL
Mildenhall Hub,  Mildenhall Library, Sheldrick Way, Mildenhall, IP28 7JX
Day: Friday 
Time: 09.30 – 12.00

Contact: Emma Croker 07738704724 | Sam Boulton 07592382957

North Suffolk:

LOWESTOFT
Navigator, Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft NR32 2DR
Day:
Monday to Thursday  Time: 10.00 – 12.00

BECCLES
Beccles Library, Blyburgate, Beccles, NR34 9TB
Day:
Friday  Time: 13.00 – 15.00

BUNGAY
Bungay Library, Wharton Street, Bungay, NR35 1EL
Day:
1st and 3rd Friday of the month  Time: 9.00 – 12.00

HALESWORTH
Halesworth Library, Bridge Street, Halesworth IP19 8AD
Day:
2nd and 4th Friday of the month  Time: 9.00 – 12.00

Contact: Debbie Ellis 07738704732


Groups near you:

South Suffolk

FELIXSTOWE
Caffe Nero, 59 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7BE
Day: Every Other Tuesday Time: 14.00 – 16:00 

WOODBRIDGE
Realise Futures Pop Up Café, St Mary’s Church Centre, Woodbridge
Day: Last Tuesday of the Month Time: 10.00 – 12:00

IPSWICH
St Lawrence’s  Café, Dial Lane, Ipswich, IP1 1DJ
Day: Every Thursday Time: 14.00 – 16:00
(please bring money for refreshments)

IPSWICH
The Key Café, 15 St. Margaret’s Plain, Ipswich, IP4 2BB
Day: Every Friday Time: 10.00 – 12:00

West Suffolk

BURY ST EDMUNDS
So Bar, Langton Place, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SJ
Day: Every Monday Time: 14.30 – 15:45

BURY ST EDMUNDS
Shuffle Café, St Andrews, Street South, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SQ
Day: Every Monday Time: 14.30 – 15:45 

HAVERHILL
Route 66, 42 High Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR
Day: Every Wednesday Time: 13.00 – 15:30 

STOWMARKET
The Willow Tree, 101-103 Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1BB
Day: Every Thursday Time: 13.30 – 15:30 

SUDBURY
The Lady Elizabeth, 7 Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 2EA
Day: Every Friday Time: 10.00 – 12:00 

North Suffolk

LOWESTOFT
First & Last Pub, Dove Street, Lowestoft, NR32 1SZ
Day: Every Monday Time: 13.00 – 15:00 

LOWESTOFT
The Navigator Centre, Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, NR32 2DR
Day: Every Tuesday & Wednesday & Thursday Time: 13.00 – 15:00 

 

Peer Support – People Helping People

Do you have a learning disability and/or autism? Do you want to meet people in your local area?

Our dedicated team members support people with learning disabilities and/or Autism to set up social groups with like-minded people in their own communities. Participants share their experiences, interests and discuss their future ambitions. Information, Advice and Guidance is provided on topics ranging from budgeting to career and training opportunities

Through our Peer Support Groups, we help people to get together to:

Support each other

Realise Futures ​support people ​with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism, to set up Peer Support across Suffolk.

Share your experiences

At the groups people ​share their experiences, ​talk about the things in life that matter to them and support each other.

Make new friendships

Being part of a Peer Support Group is a great way to make friends and become more confident!

Be more confident

People might start a group because they enjoy doing the same activity, for example, gardening, or music.

Get out and about

Sometimes groups might choose to go out on a trip, explore the local community, or use the meetings for something like training.

Contact us to find out more: info@realisefutures.org

Covid-19 update: Peer groups are now up and running but are being held outside until 17th May until being resumed indoors.

 

South Suffolk
Rebecca Webb-Heath: 07753 447 607

Mid/West Suffolk
Emma Croker: 07738 704 724
Samantha Bolton: 07592 382957

North Suffolk                      
Debbie Ellis: 07738 704 732


Coaching Services

What are your aspirations? Would you like to live better? Learn new skills? Get into work? This could be YOUR exciting chance to fulfil YOUR full potential.

Our dedicated team of Coaches offer 1-2-1 support to participants, helping to set personalised training and employment related goals. Bespoke opportunities are sourced that increase confidence and remove barriers for individuals to take the next step into a more meaningful future. 

We can help by:

  • Supporting people with autism, mental health and learning difficulties.
  • Helping improve personal abilities to move towards an employment goal.
  • Assessing individuals’ needs to help determine the most suitable support services.
  • Personal coaches provide support across a broad range of areas.

We can help if you:

  • Are 18+ years old
  • Are unemployed or unable to work
  • Have a long term health condition
  • Are autistic or have learning disabilities

Email: coaching@realisefutures.org
Telephone: 01473 275957

If you would like to refer someone to the RF Coaching Service, please fill out the referral form here:
RF COACHING REFERRAL FORM

For further information about Work Well Suffolk visit:
www.suffolk.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/work-well-suffolk/