First steps retail, warehouse and ESOL training at St Luke’s CARES

St. Luke’s CARES charity shop, situated on Dewsbury Road, caters for the community by selling good quality second-hand furniture, bric-a-brac, white goods, and electricals. What you may not know is that for the past 6 years St Luke’s has also been running its very own free community retail course. St Luke’s CARES offers a 7-week retail, warehouse, and IT course in a warm and welcoming environment for people looking at getting back into work, training, or volunteering.

The course, a Level One Skills for Further Learning and Employment is held in St Luke’s brand-new classroom, at the shop. There is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with no previous experience or qualifications necessary. The course runs for 7 weeks, 3 days a week, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10am-2pm.  However, there is flexibility in this, and they can cater to most schedules.

We recently received a 3 year grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to run the courses, support volunteering and ESOL classes. So the courses are back following a break during the pandemic. They started up again in September and they have been as busy as ever – numbers are high, and places are in demand. The next course starts on Monday 17 January 2022.

ESOL classes run every Tuesday 10am-12pm, offering a mixed class for beginners and intermediate levels. There is a rolling program, and you can join anytime.

Corrina our ESOL teacher says:

“It’s a very conversational based class in a friendly environment chatting about everyday life topics. What has been lovely is  people in the local community finding new friendships and giving each other support.”

If you would like more information or to book a place on the next course, or ESOL classes get in touch:

Email: or

Or call (0113) 277 1443, or 07496 410777

Or pop into the shop 246-252 Dewsbury Road LS11 6JQ, we are open Monday to Friday 9:30am-4:30pm.


This post was written by Kate Singleton

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