Trade School is an alternative, self-organised school that runs on barter, where participants bring simple items requested by the informal teacher.
The following trade schools are being held across Barking and Dagenham. Click on whichever take your fancy to find out more!
Sessions at 55 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 7NT
My name is Oyin. I want to share my knowledge on the benefits of chocolate. We will talk about the process of chocolate making, from bean to finished chocolate bar. When I was a child, I would sometimes indulge in getting ‘Milo’ chocolate cubes in Nigeria.
1. Neem oil
2. Notebook (A5)
3. Cellophane wrapping paper
4. Colourful ribbons
My name is Neusa. Join me for an energising fitness fun session, set to funky music. Be ready to let go, have fun and meet new people. I am a health and well being coach and a self taught plant-based food enthusiast. I wanted to share a fun way to keep you fit.
2. Scented oils
4. A surprise
My name is Duda. I use dance as a tool to help me, alongside instrumental kizomba music and African rhythms. I have been dancing since I was a little girl, and I want to share my skills.
1. A bottle of water
2. Scented oils
3. Incense sticks
4. Musical suggestions
My name is Angela. I will be sharing some basic drawing skills.I’ll be demonstrating how to turn circles and lines into wonderful and unique works of art. I’m a yoga teacher, and a resident of the borough, with a passion for using different tools to explore creativity.
1. A black pen
2. Nice paper
3. Circular shapes
4. A smile
My name is Joelle. I want to share my experiences of navigating the world of TV and film as a beginner, exploring multiculturalism in the film industry. I run my own production company, called Bluebird Pictures. I have lots of experience in the film industry.
1. A badge
2. Film recommendations
3. Hair bands
4. A joke
My name is Sally. I like to make necklaces, bracelets and wire rings.I’ve lived in Barking for almost of my life. Now it feels an important time to make new community connections, and what better way than through something fun and creative.
1. Children’s toy
My name is Esther. I like to experiment with making patterns by dying material using wax and batik techniques. I’ve always loved fashion and textiles and make an extra effort to keep up-to-date with new and exciting techniques. I love sharing my skills and want to help others learn something new.
1. A candle
3. A drawing
Sessions at or near 116 Church Elm Lane, RM10 9RL
Start collecting your acorns and twigs to build beautiful bug hotels that the insects can snuggle up in for the winter. My name is John and I’m a wildlife lover who owns chickens and soon to be a buzzing bee-keeper.
1. Broken Twigs
3. Small pieces of wood
4. A Smile
Local resident Diane will be sharing how to create colourful glass lanterns by decorating with paints and more.
My name is Diane and I love to share my skills and teach my neighbours how to make colourful crafts
1. Used glass jars
2. Fairy lights
3. Savoury snack
4. Good energy
Curious about yoga? Join this introductory, invigorating session in a relaxed environment. Open to all abilities.
My name is Claire and I’m a qualified yoga teacher, I run regular classes across the borough and I’m expanding my practice.
1. Fresh fruit
2. An inspirational quote
3. A fl ower
4. A smile
Learn how to make beads out of polymer clay. We’ll then bake the beads to turn them into jewellery. My name is Heni and I love arts and crafts and teaching, I did a BAed Hons in Fine Art and Education.
1. Inspiring jewellry
2. Shapes and patterns
3. Old Clothes
Reiki is an alternative therapy for everyone. It beautifully balances and aligns the mind, body and spirit. My name is Jaha and I am a Reiki Master based at the Bathaus Spa and a member of the UK Reiki Federation.
1. A cushion
2. A notepad
3. A Blanket
4. A bottle of water
Come along for an introduction to embroidery and learn to replicate simple and small patterns. I‘m Milly, I have spent many years designing clothes. I’d like to share my experience and teach people the techniques of embroidery.
1. Fun Fabric
2. Photo of inspiration
3. Embroidery designs and ideas
4. Your favourite colour thread
Come along to learn to make wonderful necklaces and bracelets from the handmade beads made in previous session. My name is Heni I’m a mum of two boys and enjoy volunteering in my spare time, teaching different arts and crafts.
1. Old or broken pieces of jewellery
3. Inspiration of jewellery
4. Something decorative
Come and learn how to make your own decorations or gift tags out of colourful felt which you can decorate to your own taste.My name is Diane and I love to share my skills and teach my neighbours how to make colourful crafts.
1. Lucky charm
3. A happy face
4. A Design idea