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THE GOODLIFE CENTRE

The Goodlife Centre is an independent learning space situated in Waterloo, Central London. We offer practical boutique workshops in DIY, Home Maintenance, Decorating, Upholstery, Woodwork & Carpentry, Furniture Upcycling & Restoration and various traditional heritage Crafts.

Our lovely workshop space is situated near Tate Modern in central London and is the ideal environment for our fast paced workshops. We offer classes all year to absolute beginners so no more excuses and no need to wait till ‘term time’.

The Goodlife Centre provides interesting practical ‘hands on’ workshops where everyone can gain new skills and enjoy expanding their confidence and abilities. All classes are open to men and women and are intended to teach skills to beginners and are not intended as trade training courses.We do not test or evaluate – so you can relax while you learn

Our workshop leaders are all experts in their field and enjoy passing on their knowledge in an informal and safe environment. In any course, you will learn by practice and enjoy the support of fellow classmates. The classes are small, which makes plenty of time for one on one learning.

Some of the evening workshops incorporate on going learning.You can return to increase your level of understanding.
If you are frustrated by your own inability to tackle a task, or resentful of having to pay someone to take care of simple home maintenance – welcome. We know how annoying it is to have to wait till some handy side kick can get round to the tasks you wish would just get done.

For many who spend their days typing at a keyboard or in a job with abstract goals, the level of satisfaction from learning a practical skill is a wonderful stress buster after an unfulfilled day.

If you are a DIY phobic, a bit wary or a Gung Ho ‘Let me at it’ type, our small practical classes aim to fast track you through the basics, guided by professionals who will share their

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The Goodlife Centre training courses

45 training courses found

BASIC ELECTRICS

An evening workshop learning first principles of electrics in the home. Stay safe in your home by finding out what you legally can and can’t do yourself.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
BASIC TILING

Not quite sure where to start with a tiling project? Bit daunted by the thought of tiles falling off the wall if you do get them on? What about those half tiles at the corners… and what about drilling into tile? If the thought of tackling a tiling project yourself is terrifying, yet you yearn for the skills to have a go, then this half-day weekend workshop is just for you. In this hands-on practical workshop, an experienced tiler will guide you through choosing appropriate tiles for the job, sizing up, planning out and preparing the surface.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
INTRO TO WOODWORK - SHELF AND BRACKETS

Measure, saw, chisel, plane and create a simple half joint. Take a plunge into carpentry by learning how to use the tools that create this rather lovely set of ‘Gallows brackets’ and shelf.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
POM POM TASSELS

Suitable for absolute beginners. Enjoyable for all.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Full time
INTRO TO UPHOLSTERY

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for everyone.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
MAKE A LINEN TASSEL IN A DAY

We are thrilled to welcome back Anna Crutchley to teach you how to make Linen Tassels. Anna trained in woven textiles and now makes trimmings to commission for antique dealers, furniture restorers, interior decorators and heritage organisations.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Full time
BASIC PLUMBING

You will learn how to tackle some basic plumbing tasks around the home in this practical, hands-on workshop. You will learn how to isolate water supply, fix a leaky tap, rescue something from a U bend and unclog a blocked sink.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 2.5 hours
  • Study mode: Full time
BASIC DRILL SKILLS

Would you like to put shelves and curtains up … that stay up? You are not alone! In this fast paced workshop we share the ‘know how’ of a corded and cordless drill. We’ll show you why the power tool is your friend and give you the confidence to master it in just one evening.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 2.5 hours
  • Study mode: Full time
CURTAIN MAKING

Ever wanted to make your own curtains but not wanted to risk ruining expensive fabric if you tried? Do you have some lovely vintage fabric that you have been saving to 'get made' into curtains but been put off by the expense? In this workshop,experienced curtain maker Grace Pennycooke will teach you how to produce beautiful flowing curtains for any room. Even if you are an absolute beginner and a bit frightened of a sewing machine, Grace will guide you through measuring marking and cutting out fabric to assemble an unlined curtain with a smart pencil pleat header.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
INTRO TO MODERN UPHOLSTERY

Spend a weekend making a fabulous footstool to take home and cherish. We have created a wonderful project to learn the classic form of deep buttoned upholstery – but made with a time-saving modern method using sheet foam.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 2 days
  • Study mode: Weekend
CARPENTRY SUMMER SCHOOL - MAKE A TABLE

Carpentry Summer School – Special Summer Course for Children & their Guardians. Each ticket allows an Adult and Child to take the course together and make one fantastic table between them.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 5 days
  • Study mode: Weekend
WILLOW BASKET MAKING

Before the invention of the plastic bag most shopping was carried home in baskets, and in Britain willow was one of the main materials used to make them. If you have ever studied and admired work by a basket weaver, this is your chance to jump in and give your hands a treat.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
PREPARE AND PAINT

All set to decorate one room… or perhaps your entire home? Brush up your decorating techniques by messing up our workshop, instead of your living room! Painting a room is a great way to transform your home interior, without it costing the earth. But it can be a daunting task and everyone wants to have that professional looking finish.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Weekend
MAKE A ROMAN BLIND

Drawn to the look of fashionable roman blinds but not sure how to make them yourself? Then this workshop is for you. From measuring the window to fixing it to the wall, experienced tutor, Jan Dodd will guide you through the tools and techniques for making bespoke and accurately fitting blinds for any room in your house.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - WOOD PUZZLE

For those of you who hanker for an ability to construct in wood, we are offering a new short course in basic woodwork. You will learn how to measure and cut accurately using a traditional brass backed hand saw, how to shape wood joints using a chisel and how to use a plane to smooth and form soft woods.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - WOOD TABLE

Using a mixture of traditional hand tools and modern drills and saws, experienced craftswoman Ruth Thomson will guide and inspire you as she teaches age old techniques in carpentry. As you begin making objects traditionally constructed from seasoned pine, you will learn how to use and care for chisels, saws, planes and spoke-shaves.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Weekend | Part time day
CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - TOOLBOX

In this throw away age, when all the furniture we own is assembled and not built, we are pleased to offer an opportunity to spend some precious time learning how to use ageless tools to make something everlasting from wood. Using a mixture of vintage hand tools and modern power tools, experienced craftsman Andy Nicholl will guide and inspire you as he teaches age old techniques in carpentry.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
CARPENTRY FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS - BOX AND BOOK ENDS

For those who have used a chisel and plane in the last few years,or can take a plane apart, sharpen the iron and re assemble it, but would like to increase their skills and start working with English hard woods. Not everyone who learns woodwork wants to become professional cabinet makers but expert cabinet maker Ben Rawlinson has devised a course especially for The Goodlife Centre.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time day
MAKE OR UPCYCLE A LAMP

Now that lighting has become an art form, we are offering three weeknight evening workshop to ignite your creative side and help you design and make your own lamp. We will show you how to plan your project, how to select and construct materials that are stable and safe, how to wire up your structure, complete with a switch and although it may not win a place in the design museum, it will bring your enormous satisfaction and delight your friends.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 2 weeks
  • Study mode: Part time evening
FURNITURE RESTORATION

A wonderful entry into the enchanting world of restoration. This is a project based course and we encourage learners to bring a small wood item to the first class.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 12 weeks
  • Study mode: Part time evening
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