Past classes

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Cathays Community Centre
Cathays Community Centre
Cardiff GB

This class will give participants a solid grounding in the entertainment possibilities of a piece of paper. Topics covered will include fortune-telling, approaches to paper airplane construction, games, origami animals, secret codes, animation and more. You need never be bored again! Participant input and collaboration is encouraged.

Bring one of the following:
a brooch or badge
a hand-drawn treasure map that brings me somewhere
a skill swap for something you can do
nice soap
plain hair bobbins (pack)

About the teacher, Laura Howe

I'm Laura and one of my jobs is to teach people digital skills. I've been doing this for nearly 5 years, everything from teaching beginners to teaching organisations how to use Wordpress, social media etc. I've spent time in the UK teaching 3rd sector organisations about Google Drive and how it can help their clients and service users deal with changes to the welfare system. I use Google Drive for everything; planning, organising projects, developing training, group work, everything, and so I'm happy to share my zeal with other people.

Basic Sewing

12:00p.m. to 1:30p.m.
Cathays Community Centre
Cathays Community Centre
Cardiff GB

Basic sewing skills, following a pattern, how to make a stitched hanging decoration, cushion or something similar, basic clothes alterations. Using a sewing machine (if folk can bring their own along). Participants are invited to bring along existing sewing projects that they might be stuck with, or patterns that they have yet to embark upon, some fabric (although some will be provided) and scissors, needles & thread.

Bring one of the following:
basic Photoshop skills
cleaning
Clear out the cupboard under the stairs
some gentle DIY
wallpapering

About the teacher, Gail Howard

Co director of Milkwood Gallery and the Made in Roath arts festival, and an artist, maker & workshop facilitator, Gail makes many of the textiles based products in the Milkwood shop. Although not a super-skilled seamstress, she will be able to show people the basics.

Beginner's Ukulele Workshop

1:30p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Cathays Community Centre
Cathays Community Centre
Cardiff GB

Learn how to get started on this four-stringed marvel. You'll learn some chords and how to strum.

Bring one of the following:
any OS map
empty 500ml brown beer bottle
old tools

About the teacher, Nick Canham

Nick is a promoter of ukulele events in Cardiff and plays in a numbers of bands. He plays a number of styles including folk, jazz, Latin, and country.

An introduction to programming

1:30p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Cathays Community Centre
Cathays Community Centre
Cardiff GB

A how, when, why and what introduction to computer programming. A very quick, down and dirty session that will throw some of the fundamentals at you, and leave with a better idea of what goes into developing programs for your favourite platform and how you can start coding for yourself. This will be as platform/framework neutral as possible, though any examples may be based on C# in Visual Studio.

Bring one of the following:
Gratitude

About the teacher, Nathan Collins

I'm lead programmer at a software company based in Bristol, I run a team of 7 developers who are based in Bristol and the United States. I have been programming since I can remember, starting with BASIC at age 6 and have been writing code professionally for the past 6 years. I love learning new languages and frameworks, so I'm not restricted to one platform or even methodology. I'm most proficient in C#, C++, Java, PHP, Javascript, SQL and of course HTML & CSS, but I'm also a dab hand with Ruby, Rails and Objective-C (used for iPhone applications). I also have qualifications in server stuff and networking things, like Cisco certification and an MCSE (stands for Microsoft certified Systems Engineer, means I know how to administer Windows servers), so I do get around a bit ...

Cathays Community Centre
Cathays Community Centre
Cardiff GB

Having started my own business in November, I've been constantly on the lookout for tools to optimise and improve the work I do. This class will be of interest to anyone looking to launch their own business / enterprise / community group and also to anyone looking to make their business more efficient. Most of you will have used twitter, facebook, youtube and linkedin to market and promote your offering online, but there are a myriad of other tools that can augment what you currently have in place. From finance (eg BrightBooks, inPractice) to time management (trello, toggl, tungle) and legals (docracy, echosign) to keeping the workplace a fun place to be (thisismyjam). The class will be an inclusive 90mins, with attendees encouraged to suggest anything they're using that others could benefit from too. Everyone will get a copy of a soon to be published document detailing every tool, with clickable links to downloads and installs.

Bring one of the following:
1 hour personal training
1 hour SEO / PPC advice
A running partner
Enthusiastic students!
Mountain Bike service

About the teacher, Steve Dimmick

Steve Dimmick is a technophile who has worked in the digital space for the last 13 years. Having worked with the likes of Google, Canon, The White Company, AllSaints along with some of the largest and most successful advertising, design and media agencies. I quit my job after 12 years with the same company in November 2011 to start my own business @dimmicks and will be launching our site soon. It's been a brilliant challenge; terrifying and enthralling in equal measures. Outside of work the 'good for nothing projects I run include @midweekfilmclub, @CardiffRead, @ignitecardiff, @igerscardiff. Finally, as an ex-player I follow the ups and downs of the mighty @cardiffquins.

basic mechanical engineering

1:30p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Cathays Community Centre
Cathays Community Centre
Cardiff GB

learn how your car engine works (internal combustion engine) and how to recognise and solve a range of problems

Bring one of the following:
(a least one) exotic beer
ploughman sandwich (with pickle)
sailing lessons/theory/anything sailing related
sign language practice
smartphone lessons
ukelele lessons

About the teacher, Adam (Benjamin Lloyd) Williams

I'm a mechanical engineer, I served in the merchant navy for 6 years (as an engineer), and I'm currently working on V20 gas engines (big, big engines!).

Train your brain with Shiva Nata

6:00a.m. to 7:30a.m.
Cathays Community Centre
Cathays Community Centre
Cardiff GB

A session of exploration, play, constructing and deconstructing patterns, and challenging your brain to create new connections. Shiva Nata is derived from yoga and this movement-based practice produces neuroplasticity - the creation of new brain cell connections and stronger links betwen your left and right brain hemispheres. Mental benefits? Creativity, problem solving, new and faster thinking, focus and concentration, memory, powerful learning, productivity, epiphanies and insights, and deep zen! You also develop emotional resilience and experience a better mood and higher energy levels, while engaging with a gentle physical practice that brings you back into your body. The session is an intensive yet joy-filled experience which will create fertile conditions for creative breakthroughs, inspiration and radical new ways of thinking and being. It will also equip you with a solid grounding in Shiva Nata to take away and use at home whenever you like.

Bring one of the following:
a baggy comfy jumper
an openness to new things
enthusiastic participants
interesting clothes in size 12
vegetables! garden produce if possible
willingness to learn and pop your brain

About the teacher, Noreen Blanluet

I found my life changed and enriched by the beauty and wonder of a sustained Shiva Nata practice! I'm the first and only teacher in the UK offering workshops and classes, and I share the practice and experience of it with boundless enthusiasm and an eclectic playlist.

Cathays Community Centre
Cathays Community Centre
Cardiff GB

Learn how to use free online research tools and learning resources. The research tools can be used for specific projects or just keeping track of information in your life. The tools include mendeley, google docs and evernote. The class will also introduce some useful "open courseware" that is being made available for free by various universities around the world.

Bring one of the following:
a pint
A roll of black electric sellotape tape (not necessarily new)
a surprise
basic beginner bouzouki lesson (1 hour)
basic javascript lesson (1 hour)
bike repair lesson
Finger foods that we all can share during the talk
gratitude
recommendations for cycle routes & wild camping spots in West of Ireland
recommendations for good BYOB places to eat in Dublin
recommendations for good creative/social projects in Dublin

About the teacher, SimonOR

I am originally from Dublin but have been living in the UK for the last 9 years and working as a design researcher. I have been head of research at a design research centre and co-director of a social design agency. I have been involved in writing many funding applications, some of which were successful. I have experience in writing bids for large multi-million Euro EU projects as well as smaller grants from national organisations. I have recently been employed as an expert funding and project evaluator by the European Commission.

Teaching: Theory and Method

7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Cardiff Design Festival HQ shop
Royal Arcade
Cardiff GB

A short class that introduces popular theories of teaching as well as how to practically use them. Ideal for private tutoring but also applicable to other contexts.

Bring one of the following:
A Suprise!
Books - on religion, social science or history
Fresh mint leaves
Web Design help with Wordpress
Welsh or Hebrew Tuition

About the teacher, Abdul-Azim Ahmed

I'm a PhD student in Religion/Social Sciences at Cardiff University. I've delivered training courses on teaching, leadership and project management professionally. I'm also editor of a current affairs magazine on theology called On Religion. I love reading and books.

Repair Skills

12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Indycube
The Balcony
Cardiff GB

Did you ever want to fix something but didn’t have the skills? Ecodesign Centre and thinkARK are collaborating on a repair themed Trade School. We have invited experts involved in the repair of everyday products to offer and exchange classes and demonstrations on repairing and fixing. We will have classes on repairing bicycles, furniture and everyday household products. We will also have lots of examples of tools, resources and guides that you can use to repair stuff.

Bring one of the following:
an example of something you repaired
ideas on how we can make repairing more accessible
stories of things you repaired

About the teacher, SimonOR

I am originally from Dublin but have been living in the UK for the last 9 years and working as a design researcher. I have been head of research at a design research centre and co-director of a social design agency. I have been involved in writing many funding applications, some of which were successful. I have experience in writing bids for large multi-million Euro EU projects as well as smaller grants from national organisations. I have recently been employed as an expert funding and project evaluator by the European Commission.

A total beginners' guide to knitting

12:00p.m. to 1:30p.m.
Indycube
The Balcony
Cardiff GB

A practical class to cover the absolute basics of knitting. You'll learn to cast on, knit and purl, all you need to get started on a winter scarf! Wool will be provided, but please try and bring along a pair of knitting needles, it doesn't matter what size.

Bring one of the following:
a small folding table for a sewing machine to go on
a surprise
any old craft materials you won't use
crochet lesson
fruit or veg from your garden
help/advice with growing vegetables in our tiny garden
Indian cookery lesson
photoshop leson

About the teacher, Sophie Paterson

Sophie is a social media bod working for a charity in Cardiff. She finds knitting a therapeutic and vaguely useful pastime and wants to share that skill with you.

Non-violent communication

1:30p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Indycube
The Balcony
Cardiff GB

Non-violent Communication: practical tools and techniques for when stuff's hard to say. Interactions can often be win-lose or even lose-lose situations, especially in cases of conflict or high emotional charge. When the stress response kicks in, we either become tongue-tied or quickly get caught up in aggressively defending our position, which leads to a ramping up of the conflict, until one party gets their way by force (sometimes physical but most often mental or emotional). But there is another way. Non-violent communication was developed by Marshall Rosenberg and refers to life-enhancing communication in which all parties' needs are met, resulting in mutual understanding, cooperation, and strong supportive relationships - at work, at home, in the community and even with total strangers. The process is step-by-step and simple. In this session we will approach each step in turn by breaking down an example of good communication gone bad, and play with applying it to examples taken from your own experience. You will acquire an understanding of the principles of non-violent communication and tools to apply when your own situations arise.

Bring one of the following:
an example of verbal conflict that you've been engaged in, that you're willing to share
curiosity
willingness to learn

About the teacher, Noreen Blanluet

I practice mindfulness and even teach it sometimes. I live on a boat, and am converting a campervan. I think about things - sometimes too much maybe - and enjoy sharing the insights and the journey. Come hang out and chat.

Indycube
The Balcony
Cardiff GB

Learn to speak basic Polish and find out more about Poland. If you want to impress your Polish friends or you have plans to visit Poland in the near future. Join us for very informal lesson.

Bring one of the following:
A story from a visit in Poland
A surprise
Curiosity
Mince pies
Tea invitation
Willingness to learn

About the teacher, Greg Bednarski

Greg Bednarski came from Poland. He works as Marketing Executive at GF Europe Ltd. Greg, in his free time, is involved in many projects such as; co-organizing monthly Cardiff Internet Marketing events, supporting Cardiff Start community and speaking at the last Cardiff Ignite event.

How to Write a Life List

6:00a.m. to 7:30a.m.
Indycube
The Balcony
Cardiff GB

Eat a hot dog in New York, pet a panda, drink 100 cocktails... these are just 3 of the 195 items on my Life List. Inspired by Maggie Mason (www.mightygirl.com) I wrote a list of all the things I'd like to do during my life and have been ticking them off for the past two years. If you're interested in maximising your happiness but aren't sure where to start, this is the class for you! Not so much goal orientated, more a reminder to do something that makes you happy whenever you get the time. Get tips, inspiration and help creating your own personal Life List. It's really fun, I promise. No materials needed.

Bring one of the following:
35mm film
Cocktail recipes
Fiction books
Notebooks
Poptarts

About the teacher, Sarah Chong

Sarah is an avocado eating, fiction reading, list making, magazine editing, panda loving redhead. She works at a tech company by day and edits her own photography showcase magazine by night.

Indycube
The Balcony
Cardiff GB

This lesson is to teach home users how to build a desktop PC from scratch. We'll look at covering the basics of researching & purchasing hardware, what each piece of hardware is / does and we'll then assemble a demo PC from parts provided. Hopefully everyone can get their hands on here if time allows! There'll be two of us here teaching and wondering around so if you've any questions you've ever had about I.T bring them along and we'll try our best to get them answered too!

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
Chicken soup
Enthusiasm
Something quirky
Tea bags

About the teacher, Dave Blencowe

Both my colleague and I are avid computer geeks and enjoy spending our time supporting our friends and families with their I.T woes. With both an academic and professional background in technical support we're really in to spreading our knowledge around to help others. ***admin note: email & website don't exist anymore (2016)***

Indycube
The Balcony
Cardiff GB

A quick introduction and demo to using your standard data projector to wrap your digital moving image/interactive artwork around all shapes and sizes from a shoebox to a building. Using free open source software we'll look at how you can project and map live and pre-recorded/produced artwork across a 3D surface. All software and basic patches to get started will be available for free. You don't need to bring anything - but hopefully you'll be able to take some ideas away for your next project...

Bring one of the following:
A bag of Szechuan coated peanuts (ive not tried them)
People with crazy ideas
Super tasty Chai
Venues/events to throw up some projections?

About the teacher, chrismog

New media/remixologist type with a bit of a penchant for a good old hack to try and create opportunities for foregrounding the potential of new media art to recontextualise the viewer/user in an interactive loop that celebrates the derive and produces detourned, organic and self-reflecting artworks that make people smile...hopefully

Oasis
Tav's Centre
Cardiff GB

I want to inform people about Afghanistan, how people live and what are our food. I would also like to share different stories about Afghanistan. It would be nice to learn something in Dari, a local spoken language of Afghanistan.

Bring one of the following:

About the teacher, Anisa

My name is Anisa Amiri and I am from Ghazni Province of Afghanistan. I used to work for United Nations but due to security reasons in the country I had to leave. I am confident and a good communicator. I would like to learn from you and want to share a lot.

Edible Landscaping

6:00a.m. to 7:30a.m.
Oasis
Tav's Centre
Cardiff GB

My talk will explain how to create a food growing space which harnesses nature to create productive, low maintenance and wildlife friendly gardens. I will show examples of the more unusual edibles and explain how you can create both a beautiful and productive garden. The students will participate in a plant bingo game.

Bring one of the following:
cuttings and / or plants of edibles I don't have
help in my garden
lacto-fermentation e.g. sauerkraut, kim chi, yoghurt etc
skilled help in rebuilding a new duckhouse
skilled help in roofing a outdoor cold store we are building

About the teacher, Michele Fitzsimmons

I run a design and education company which enables and guides people in creating nature friendly edible gardens, farms and businesses - www.ediblelandscaping.co.uk

Skills for gaining employment

6:00a.m. to 7:30a.m.
Oasis
Tav's Centre
Cardiff GB

This class will share skills for gaining employment such as writing CVs, filling out job applications, contacting employers and interview techniques.

Bring one of the following:

About the teacher, Khalid Osman

Khalid works for the BEST Centre based in Loudoun Square in Bute Town. The Best Centre works and liaises closely with community groups, relevant agencies and local employers throughout the Bay and City Centre areas in order to maximize the benefits of local investment and growth for local people.

Cultural Dance Workshop

7:30a.m. to 9:00a.m.
Oasis
Tav's Centre
Cardiff GB

Come and discover some funky dance styles from dance teacher Izzy Lloyd as well as learning some traditional dances from the Middle East and Eritrea. Group participation required!

Bring one of the following:

About the teacher, SimonOR

I am originally from Dublin but have been living in the UK for the last 9 years and working as a design researcher. I have been head of research at a design research centre and co-director of a social design agency. I have been involved in writing many funding applications, some of which were successful. I have experience in writing bids for large multi-million Euro EU projects as well as smaller grants from national organisations. I have recently been employed as an expert funding and project evaluator by the European Commission.

Oasis
Tav's Centre
Cardiff GB

learn about Syria history and culture and learn some words in Aramaic and Arabic. in addition, learn about political situation in Syria now.

Bring one of the following:

About the teacher, Melhem Mansour

A development ACTIVIST studied and lived in different countries and worked with different UN and EU projects on social and sustainable development projects.

How to perform music using the Oud

7:30a.m. to 9:00a.m.
Oasis
Tav's Centre
Cardiff GB

This class will introduce the Oud and the music of the Orient. We will listen to and discuss Arabic music to show capabilities of the Oud.

Bring one of the following:

About the teacher, Salih Hassan

I am 42 from Palestine and have been living in Cardiff for one year. I perform music but am also an expert in marketing and IT. I love teaching and learning.

Pelican Nursery
Crofts St, CF24 3DZ
Cardiff GB

For the past 4 years I have been on a mission to declutter, reduce my stuff, and mindfully retain only what is useful or beautiful or both. The motivation has been to move first onto a boat, and soon into a campervan. Although it's not everyone's life goal, ultimately it's about freedom, self-reliance, sharing, community and decommodification. I will lead an informal, interactive discussion which will include insights and tips that have emerged from my exploration.

Bring one of the following:
a funky sticker for my laptop
a nice board approx 1ft x 1.5ft and 0.5" thick
a small drawing or doodle (no bigger than A6 please)
an apple
some wrapping paper - enough for a paperback (pre-used is fine!)

About the teacher, Noreen Blanluet

I practice mindfulness and even teach it sometimes. I live on a boat, and am converting a campervan. I think about things - sometimes too much maybe - and enjoy sharing the insights and the journey. Come hang out and chat.

Basic mechanical principles

8:00p.m. to 9:30p.m.
Pelican Nursery
Crofts St, CF24 3DZ
Cardiff GB

Find out how a engine works, how to fix them, how to keep them going and how to recycle the broken ones into something more useful. This class has a bit of everything: doodled diagrams, show and tell and hands on activity with all sorts of mechanical parts (and a little bit of Powerpoint - shh).

Bring one of the following:
A Fancy beer
A funny poem about dragons
A nice winter hat (with ears)
A plowmans sandwich (with Apple, or its not really a plowmans.. It's just a cheese and pickle sandwich)
A zippo lighter trick I don't already know

About the teacher, Adam and Alex

Adam is a ex merchant navy engineer who now works for a company that keeps the UKs LFG backup generators working. He knows much less than he likes to let on but hopes that he knows enough to teach the basics. Alex knows nothing about anything mechanical but has managed to write off several motorbikes giving him at least hands on experience of engines falling apart. He does however make a lovely cup of tea.

What's in my tool bag?

11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.
Outside at the Gate
Keppoch Street, CF24 3JW
Cardiff GB

I'm no DIY whizz but I know how to do a bunch of basic stuff. I learnt a lot from watching and helping my dad when I was a kid. When I moved into my own place I started figuring things out for myself (often with advice from dad over the phone!) Now I'm converting a campervan, because how hard can it be, right? I've built up a kit of essential tools which I shall bring and talk through. If you're not sure what you need to get or what's not worth it because you will never use it... come and take a look! It's not rocket science, it's just knowing where to start. :) Spoiler... Rule 1: approach DIY, like cooking, with reckless abandon. Rule 2: measure twice, cut once. These two rules are not mutually exclusive.

Bring one of the following:
a funky sticker for my laptop
a nice board about 1ft x 1.5ft and 1" thick
a small drawing or doodle (no bigger than A6 please)
an apple
some wrapping paper - enough for a paperback (pre-used is fine!)

About the teacher, Noreen Blanluet

I practice mindfulness and even teach it sometimes. I live on a boat, and am converting a campervan. I think about things - sometimes too much maybe - and enjoy sharing the insights and the journey. Come hang out and chat.

The Craft Cache

12:30p.m. to 2:30p.m.
Outside at the Gate
Keppoch Street, CF24 3JW
Cardiff GB

Learn how to give household waste items a new lease of life by crafting them into decorative and useful items with Laura, Noreen and Harri. Our session will be "massive, effin', craft extravaganza!" featuring a few smart yet simple craft hacks to help you upcycle the bits of crap that clutter up all our lives. Activities on the day will include (but not be limited to): Bunting-making: Fancy some new hipster bunting? Get your scissors at the ready! Gift Boxes: You can NEVER find one when you need one, right? Not no more people! We'll show you how to make your own with nothing more than a sheet of card and string (or ribbon if you're really posh). Wallets: Make your own wallet. Literally. Two designs, two VERY COOL wallets. Your choice. Materials to bring If you have any of the following items to bring it would help tremendously: - Clean and dry tetra packs - Toilet roll tubes - Old greeting cards - Pretty card or paper - Cereal boxes or other thin card based packaging - Old buttons - Ribbon - Colourful string

Bring one of the following:
A sticker for Noreen's laptop
Mint tea for Harri
Ready salted crisps
Surprises
Vegetables for Laura

About the teacher, Angharad Dalton

Harri's life-long love of bargains and saving-money was inherited from her mother. She reached Pro-grade bargain hunter status when engaged professionally in digital inclusion work. She likes dogs, patterns and technology when it works properly.

Outside at the Gate
Keppoch Street, CF24 3JW
Cardiff GB

Something of a free-form session on how to do basic bicycle repairs. Many people are afraid that their bike will bite them if they try to perform basic repairs on it. It won't. Or probably won't. The purpose of this session is to show that most bicycle maintenance tasks are simple and can be learned by just having a go. Sometimes, this will result in broken parts. Sometimes, this will result in frustration. But you will have learned something along the way. We'll adjust the topics based on what the participants would like to learn. Possible subjects could include, in ascending order of difficulty/time: - Fixing punctures - Changing brake pads (disc or rim) - Indexing (adjusting) gears - Changing gear cables - Greasing a headset - Changing a chain - Changing a cassette - Bleeding hydraulic brakes

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
A vegetarian lunch (surprise me!)
An interesting bread
An interesting cardigan in mens' L
Bike gear cables, brake cables and tubes
French language practice
Some vegetables

About the teacher, Andrew Shankie

I'm a web developer by day, and bike fettler by night. I like riding bikes, but can't afford to have someone else maintain them, so have become pretty handy at hitting them with hammers to beat them back into shape.

Advanced bargain-hunting

6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m.
The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

We ALL like saving a bit of cash, don't we?! And we all have different ways to save our pennies. This session will share and discuss a whole load of money-saving tips and tricks. We'll all be better off for it!

Bring one of the following:
A copy of your favourite book
A new houseplant
A new plant for my garden
A treat for my dogs
Some pretty string or ribbons

About the teacher, Angharad Dalton

Harri's life-long love of bargains and saving-money was inherited from her mother. She reached Pro-grade bargain hunter status when engaged professionally in digital inclusion work. She likes dogs, patterns and technology when it works properly.

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

Something of a free-form session on how to do basic bicycle repairs. Many people are afraid that their bike will bite them if they try to perform basic repairs on it. It won't. Or probably won't. The purpose of this session is to show that most bicycle maintenance tasks are simple and can be learned by just having a go. Sometimes, this will result in broken parts. Sometimes, this will result in frustration. But you will have learned something along the way. We'll adjust the topics based on what the participants would like to learn. Feel free to bring your own bike with an issue that you'd like to solve! Possible subjects could include, in ascending order of difficulty/time: - Fixing punctures - Changing brake pads (disc or rim) - Indexing (adjusting) gears - Changing gear cables - Greasing a headset - Changing a chain - Changing a cassette - Bleeding hydraulic brakes

Bring one of the following:
A homemade cake
A houseplant
Plant pots
Some dog treats
Some vegetables

About the teacher, Andrew Shankie

I'm a web developer by day, and bike fettler by night. I like riding bikes, but can't afford to have someone else maintain them, so have become pretty handy at hitting them with hammers to beat them back into shape.

Spanish for everyone

6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m.
The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

A Spanish lesson in a relax and friendly atmosphere. Hopefully by the end of the session you will be able to say more than, Una cerveza, por favor ( A beer, please).

Bring one of the following:
A badge
A copy of one of your favourite pictures
A flower
A snack
Colour pens
List of things you would like to know in Spanish

About the teacher, María

Living in different countries and sharing houses with people of different nationalities made me enjoy sharing my native language and culture. I have been teaching in an informal way to anyone who is interested in learning Spanish, most of the time with food and drinks around.

Stand up comedy- the basics

8:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

A basic lesson in the art of stand up for anyone who has ever thought about or is just interested in it. We will be touching on writing a joke, developing a stage persona and basic performance skills.

Bring one of the following:
Good quality meat/sausages
Home made preserves/pickles/chutneys
Interesting cheeses
Some nice ale
Some nice bread
Unusual ingredients/vegetables
Unusual spices/spice mixes

About the teacher, Dan mitchell

I am award winning comedian and writer. I've performed at the Apollo, supported Ross Noble and Arthur Smith on tour and opened for Eddie Izzard in Edinburgh. I've presented my own comedy panel show on BBC Radio Wales, performed comedy live on ITV as part of comedy competition Show Me the Funny and have just finished making a sketch show, Boxfull for Made in Cardiff. Boxfull is also performed regularly at Porters where we are always on the look out for new performers, writers and filmmakers.

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

A short introduction into using positive reinforcement techniques to train your dog, cat, rabbit or family member. This leads to a happier, more confident pet and a much nicer training experience.

Bring one of the following:
A pen
A picture of your pet
A recipe
A sticker
Your favourite quote or song lyric

About the teacher, Lynn Jones

I am mum to five dogs and three cats of varying obedience and ability. When I am not feeding, grooming, training, walking or playing with a dog I am partial to cooking, writing letters and sitting quietly so the dogs don't wake up and want something.

Plant propagation

4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

In this class I will teach how to take cuttings of plants, so that you can easily have more plants you love. - Everyone can let me know in advance which plant they'd like to grow and I'll try to bring it to the class for propagation. - Everyone are very welcome to bring a plant they want to propagate and we'll take cuttings during the class. By the end of the class everyone should leave with a new plant.

Bring one of the following:
film negatives (can be old)
seeds
terracotta pots
unwanted plants
vegetable or fruit

About the teacher, Vaida

I am someone who has thought a lot and practised a lot in healthy food field. I try to eat mainly plant-based diet, use seasonal local produce, cook from scratch, be creative and inventive with ingredients.

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

This class will take you through the basics of personal finance, to help you feel more in control. Full of practical advice and tips, the session will cover topics such as budgeting, cashflow, understanding your pay slips, savings advice and tax (PAYE).

Bring one of the following:
A plant or flowers
Cream
Some nice bread
Some unusual cheese
Strawberries

About the teacher, Barbara Powell

Barbara was an unusual little girl who loved her maths lessons at school, which developed into a love of finance. She has held accounting positions in banking, education, medicine and law. Barbara loves doing her sums and gets a real buzz from investing her hard-earned cash wisely.

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

This class is inspired by my daily experiments and reflections on healthy cooking and eating. I will share my knowledge about: - Stocking your pantry and fridge - Where in Cardiff to find good quality produce - How to be creative with what you have - Generic fast healthy food ideas and one very healthy recipe for hard times.

Bring one of the following:
film negatives (can be old)
plants
seeds
terracotta pots or dishes
vegetable of fruit

About the teacher, Vaida

I am someone who has thought a lot and practised a lot in healthy food field. I try to eat mainly plant-based diet, use seasonal local produce, cook from scratch, be creative and inventive with ingredients.

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

We all know how important it is to stretch our muscles for well being, and most of us will be committed to some form of physical activity each week, be it walking, cycling, yoga, the gym or a class. But, how many of us take the time to stretch our creative muscles? Creativity is vital for human beings, taking time out for creating can help us come to know ourselves better, help us concentrate more and creative practice is a mindful practice, essential for thriving in our all to frenetic, busy, busy world. You will participate in a range of small creative activities to stretch, nurture and nourish your creativity, including mindful drawing, writing, looking, documenting and movement. You will take away ideas about how you could bring more creative space into your day to day life to make your creativity flourish!

Bring one of the following:
help with wordpress plugins on my website
a book
finished with greeting cards or post cards to cut up for card making activities with my participants in work
small interesting found objects to add to my collection
used/read/old magazines for collage

About the teacher, Sally Hughes

Born in Cardiff, living in Penarth, Sally Hughes left Wales briefly to study Fine Art in Bristol, but the hiraeth brought her home. She is an artist, writer and all round creative spirit. She documents the visual world with the camera on her iPhone, then writes about the experiences had and places encountered, just for the love of writing. She also makes wild and whimsical jewellery with silver, found and made objects, vintage beads and semi-precious stones. Sally works part time as Engagement Officer at the social enterprise Career Women Wales, she is an Urbanista @urbanistasCDF and Trustee at ProMo Cymru.

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

I will show you the way to better breathing! This breathing method was developed in the 1950s by a Ukrainian medical scientist, who discovered that ‘the volitional [ie willing] reduction of deep breathing’ reduced the symptoms of many common conditions and diseases. Its application has been shown to reduce asthma, lower anxiety, increase energy levels, and reduce tiredness - among many other health benefits. In a nutshell it involves learning not to over-breathe (or, to use the technical term, ‘hyperventilate’). This session is an introduction to the method, as the full programme takes place over longer sessions with further support; but I will present the science behind the technique and some simple exercises which you can do in your own time.

Bring one of the following:
A picture of Lord Buddha
A surprise
A very small mirror with a handle
A very small scented candle
An incense stick

About the teacher, Ian Pincombe

I am an educationalist of more than thirty years' standing, during which time I have worked in various schools, colleges and universities in and around Cardiff. I have trained in this method with some of the world's leading practitioners in the field. I live with my family on the outskirts of Cardiff.

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

In this class, get some language acquisition tips and learn introductory Japanese at the same time. We'll go through greetings and introductions, how to write your name, basic kanji, and more using tried and tested ways of learning and practicing languages. (Note: I am not a good person to fact-check that Japanese tattoo design you want.) Hope to see you there!

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of nice South-American red wine
A copy of your favourite book
A day at an apiary
A gooseneck kettle/chemex
A recommendation for a cafe in Cardiff that I have never tried
Fresh or dried flowers
Interesting biscuits
Well designed vegetarian cookbooks

About the teacher, Philippa Hamill

Phil both studied and taught in Japan for two and a half years (half a year in Tokyo and then two years in Yamagata, which was possibly created as the polar opposite of Tokyo). She is nowhere near fluent in Japanese, but managed to learn enough grapple her way through daily life and now wants to teach you what she learnt. Phil spends her time watching other people playing games on Youtube, reading comics (both good and bad), and eating.

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

This class is aims to show you a few simple techniques for customising, updating and repairing clothing. You will be shown how to create simple applique shape and given ideas for embellishments to customise your design. Some fabrics, buttons, ribbons and thread will be provided but you may want to bring your own scissors and an item of clothing to customise.

Bring one of the following:
A notebook
A plant for my garden
Anything bird related
Interesting spices
Unusual postcards

About the teacher, Lynsey Jackson

tbc

Rag rugs for beginners

2:30p.m. to 3:30p.m.
The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

I call it rag rugs, but you don't have to make a whole rug. This session will be about learning some of the techniques for using up old clothes and blankets, and turning them into lovely new things. Students will get an opportunity to try out different methods and start their own piece of rugging.

Bring one of the following:
Local honey
Old clean clothes - eg T-shirts, simple items without too many seams are best, for future rug making
Organic produce (fruit / veg)
Spanish lesson
Welsh conversation

About the teacher, Sarah Lart

I started rag rugging last summer as a volunteer at St Fagans and now I am hooked. Now when my son comes home with a hole in his trousers I see them as a resource not a problem. I make baskets too but an hour is not long enough for teaching basketmaking.

Introduction to Palm Reading

4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

Ever wondered what the lines meant on your palms? What can the length of your fingers or the shape of your hand tell you about yourself! Want to know about career, love, your mind, your strengths, your weakness? Come and find out all these little secrets and maybe more! We will do a quick history, a run through of the major lines etc and even if you like we can see what we can find out! Love to see you there! Xx

Bring one of the following:
Berries like raspberries or blueberries
Bunch of flowers
Fruit like banana or apples
Puncture repair kit
Smile and a thank you

About the teacher, Becka Kellaway

My name is Becka. I was born in Australia but have been living here since 2011. It's just me and my little girl, hence all the fruit requests, she's a big fan of fruit!! I've been reading people all my life and really just was drawn to Palm Reading. I like to let the universe guide me. I've been reading palms for the public now for five or six years. I find it a great honour to be able to see people's lives and enjoy helping them and chatting. It'd be lovely to see you all.

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

Do you want to meet new people, learn new skills or share something with others? Then pop along to Little Man Coffee, on Thursday 29th September from 6:30 - 7:15pm. We are putting on a fun, interactive session to develop the new monthly Trade School classes: we want to find out what you would like to learn, and help you discover skills that you could share. There will be teachers and participants sharing their learning and teaching experiences, their top trades, and insights on planning and running classes. This "all about Trade School" session kicks off the new term. And did we mention - new for Autumn 2016 - there are badges for participants! All welcome.

Bring one of the following:
A friendly smile
Ideas for things you could teach
Ideas for things you would like to learn
Top tips for teaching

About the teacher, Lynsey Jackson

Hello, we are Harri, Noreen, Laura, Lynsey & Becca - we are the Trade School team! We are a group of volunteers who help to organise and run TS as well as teaching the odd class.

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

Something of a free-form session on how to do basic bicycle repairs. Many people are afraid that their bike will bite them if they try to perform basic repairs on it. It won't. Or probably won't. The purpose of this session is to show that most bicycle maintenance tasks are simple and can be learned by just having a go. Sometimes, this will result in broken parts. Sometimes, this will result in frustration. But you will have learned something along the way. We'll adjust the topics based on what the participants would like to learn. Feel free to bring your own bike with an issue that you'd like to solve! Possible subjects could include, in ascending order of difficulty/time: - Fixing punctures - Changing brake pads (disc or rim) - Indexing (adjusting) gears - Changing gear cables - Greasing a headset - Changing a chain - Changing a cassette - Bleeding hydraulic brakes

Bring one of the following:
A homemade cake
A houseplant
Plant pots
Some dog treats
Some vegetables

About the teacher, Andrew Shankie

I'm a web developer by day, and bike fettler by night. I like riding bikes, but can't afford to have someone else maintain them, so have become pretty handy at hitting them with hammers to beat them back into shape.

Crochet for beginners

6:30p.m. to 9:00p.m.
The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

A simple class to teach the basic stitches of crochet. The aim of the class will be to give you enough knowledge of the techniques needed to make your first blanket. If you have a crochet hook and wool please bring them with you, I will have some for those who don't have any.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
American candy
Anything homemade
Balls of wool
Craft supplies

About the teacher, Alison Ling

Hi I'm Ali and I work for a dog rescue charity. I found myself getting extremely stressed during the week so decided to teach myself a hobby that enabled me to relax and switch my brain off from my job. I tried a few different things but I found crochet to be fun as well as a good way to unwind. I have been giving away my projects as gifts to friends and family over the last couple of years as well as selling the odd item to fund my wool addiction!

Mobile filmmaking and editing

6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m.
The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff GB

How to film, cut and edit just using your smartphone. This workshop is about how to make videos using only your smartphone and free apps. It involves finding the right angle, working on scripts, positioning people and how to work with different free apps to cut videos on your mobile. The workshop is for everyone, no matter if you just want to film your cat licking its butthole for your favourite family memories or to expand your presence on your business platform. What to bring: your phone (ideally fully charged, in case of a socket shortage)

Bring one of the following:
Carina: a surprise!
Carina: show me some new places, activities etc in and around Cardiff (coffee, theatre, book clubs - things like that)
Jürgen: any handmade items
Jürgen: how to do arduino micro controller programming
Jürgen: show me how to do movie-props (severed hands made from silicon, etc)

About the teacher, Carina and Jürgen Koppmann

About the technically savvy siblings from Austria: The older one: My name is Jürgen. I'm 34 years old and I work as an independent filmmaker, digital media artist and sound engineer for different tv and radio broadcast stations in Austria. The younger one: I’m Carina and i’m a social worker involved in training skills using online games and digital story telling workshops. I have had an on-off-relationship with Cardiff for the last 10 years and figured it is time to commit to a serious relationship with this place.