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Interactive first aid and wellbeing activities with St John Community Education

This program aims to develop confident young New Zealanders who care for the health and wellbeing of their communities and provides young people with the skills and knowledge to respond in an emergency and keep themselves and others safe.

Sessions are aimed at 3 to 7-year-olds or young people 8 years and over. Workshops are usually run during the school holidays.

More information and registration for the next workshops.

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Need some help getting started with your new phone, laptop or tablet? Or need some help navigating the latest apps?

We can assist with basic troubleshooting, tricky questions and the setup of your mobile devices.

See times and locations.

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Practice your English in this fun social group! Grab a coffee from a nearby café, meet new friends and build your confidence.

See times and locations.

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Would you like help with your CV, setting up an email account, online job applications, or general computer help? One-on-one help sessions are available with a volunteer.

See times and locations, and how to book.

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Justice of the Peace (JP) services are available at the Central Library and Glenview Library.

Duties, which all JPs can perform, include witnessing signatures on documents, certifying copies of documents and completing declarations (including statutory declarations), affidavits or affirmations.

See times and locations.

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Join us for an evening of creativity and camaraderie at Make and Mend, hosted by Waikato TimeBank. Gather your handcrafts, knitting needles, sewing kits, or projects that need attention. Whether you’re an experienced crafter or a novice exploring your creative side, come join us on the last Thursday of each month and enjoy making and mending with like-minded individuals.

Suitable for adults, teens, and older children.

See location and times.

Practice your speaking and communication skills in a fun, welcoming and friendly environment. Suitable for both fluent and new English speakers - all levels of ability are welcome.

Suitable for adults.

See times and locations.

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Our four-week adult sewing programme, Sew Smooth, will teach you how to sew with sewing machines.

Beginners will learn the basics of threading up a machine, sewing seams, using different stitches, and sewing simple projects. Intermediate learners will improve their skills by working through a set project, such as a bucket hat, pants, or a skirt.

Sew Smooth (Beginners) information and registration.

Sew Smooth (Intermediate) information and registration.

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Got a new smartphone? Need some help to use it? One of our free classes might be just what you’re looking for. Attend any or all!

See times and locations, and register.

Occasional Life Skills and Community Service events

Reading Buddies

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Reading Buddies involves reading to therapy dogs to build confidence with reading. This programme is designed specifically for school-aged children/young people who have print disabilities, dyslexia, or other disabilities which impact upon their reading; children who are very frightened of dogs and would like to improve their confidence around dogs through reading; and children who are learning to read in English as their second language, or children who are learning to read in Te Reo.

Reading Buddies sometimes has public intakes, taking place in our libraries; at other times Hamilton City Libraries works with local schools to bring this programme to pupils in the classroom.

To find out where and when the next public intake for Reading Buddies is open, keep an eye on our Event CalendarFacebook page, or sign up to our newsletter, ePaanui. To enquire about running the Reading Buddies programme at your school, please contact the Whakaahu/Innovation Librarians.