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Trade School Cardiff #3 "The Exchange"

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Trade School Cardiff #3

Trade School Cardiff is running again this month (19th - 21st June) during Refugee Week Wales.

You can book classes at the following address

We are collaborating with Oasis Cardiff and the Welsh Refugee Council classes will be run by refugees and people living in Cardiff. We have decided to not have a barter system this time but we are providing an opportunity to exchange experiences, culture, heritage and skills.

We would love if you could support this Trade School by attending classes and offering to teach. We are hoping to have a mix of practical skills and insights to living in Cardiff and Wales.

Oasis Cardiff have kindly provided us with a venue and we are talking with the refugee community about classes they can run. We’re excited about this new collaboration and can’t wait to see you there.

You can sign up for classes from Wednesday 12th June

To run a class - this is the way it works:
You decide what you can teach to other people (think about the things you love doing like drawing, cooking, gardening, computers, fixing bikes, telling stories - your class can be as serious or as fun as you like)
We can help you to plan and run your class.
You decide what you want in return. It could be socks, it could be DIY, it could be advice, whatever you need.
Register your class.

Lynsey's picture

So, we have lots of people wanting to run classes, lots of volunteers, lots of people wanting to all we need is a venue that is:

- free and/ or cheap to hire
- open until 9pm during the week
- big enough for 10-20 people and room for props/ equipment etc
- accessible for the elderly, pushchairs, wheelchairs etc.
- fairly central in location or easy to get to

We are currently looking at and Cathays Community Centre plus the potentially has the upstairs of an empty shop available. Different pros and cons so any suggestions welcome

Laura Howe's picture

Register to hold a class or take part in a Trade School Cardiff; the Trade School Cardiff page is up and running!

We need people to run classes for Trade School Cardiff- if you have skills, knowledge or experience that you can share with other people then please go to the Trade School Cardiff page and click register to teach

You can add a description of what you will be doing, a bit about yourself, choose a time and day and list what you would like in exchange for your class.

Once classes have been approved then other people can sign up to take part in them, so we need people to get their ideas on the Trade School Cardiff page as soon as possible!

If you would like to run a class but are a bit nervous of teaching, we have volunteers who can offer support and help you to put your class together. Just let us know.

If you need any help with registering, putting your class together, or would like more information, email laura.howe(at)

For some inspiration from past classes, have a look at Trade School New York

Laura Howe's picture

Last Thursday we had an initial meeting about running Trade School Cardiff. Trade School Cardiff will be running from May 12th-20th, which coincides with Adult Learners Week.

What is Trade School?
Trade School is an informal learning event at which those wishing to learn barter for the knowledge of those willing to teach.

Why Trade School?
Trade School puts a value on all type of knowledge, skills and experience. It promotes the belief that everyone has something valuable they can share with other people, and encourages learning and the exchange of ideas in an environment of mutual self respect.

How does Trade school work?
Anyone who wishes to share a skill or knowledge with a group of people registers to run a class in exchange for goods. Those wishing to learn bring along the goods required by the 'teacher'. Trade School Cardiff will have a special page on the Trade School website on which people can register classes or sign up for classes. Any type of skill, knowledge or experience can be shared as long as it is not about exploiting other people or the promotion of a business.

Who can get involved?
Everyone from any background, community or age group can get involved as long as they are prepared to respect everyone else taking part.

What kind of knowledge can you share at Trade School?

Laura Howe's picture

For anyone who's interested in getting involved in Trade School Cardiff, there will be an opportunity to put thoughts and ideas together next week on Thursday 12th of April. Come to the Owain Glyndwr pub on St. John St in Cardiff city centre from 7-9pm to find out more about the project and see how you or other people can get involved as organisers, teachers or learners.

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