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Johnny Ball, Denise Welch and Ryan Thomas

The Multiply Roadshow will be heading to Gateshead this summer to help boost the borough's maths skills.

The maths roadshows, which will also include family friendly games and activities, will take place on Monday 1, 8 and 15 August at Trinity Square, Saltwell Park and Blaydon Leisure Centre.

Hosted by Multiply Champions and much-loved celebrities including 80's star Johnny Ball from Think of a Number, Play School and Strictly Come Dancing, star of Loose Women, Celebrity Big Brother and Waterloo Road, Denise Welch and Coronation Street actor and star of the Games, Ryan Thomas.  

Multiply is a new government-funded programme to help adults across the UK improve their numeracy skills.  Numeracy is the ability to understand and use maths in daily life, home, and work. Whether that is improving household finances, helping children with their homework, or improving numeracy skills to help at work or to get employment.

Find out more about Multiply

At the Multiply Roadshows residents will be able to find out more about short fully funded maths courses from Gateshead Learning and Skills. Families will also be able to take part in some family games, crafts, and activities to help make learning fun.

Councillor John Adams, Chair of Governors at Gateshead Learning and Skills and qualified maths teacher, said: "Boosting your numeracy skills can open up a whole range of new opportunities.  It can give help unlock new job prospects or help you progress at work, earn higher wages or to take on some higher-level training.  It can also help at home too, whether it's giving children a helping hand with their homework or giving you more confidence with everyday tasks like understanding bills, other costs, and budgeting.  

"We're always keen to make learning enjoyable and fun. These roadshows are a great way to find out more about the maths courses on offer and to talk to our Multiply Champions about the help that is available. You'll also be able to challenge some well-known celebrities and pitch your maths skills against them."

Roadshows will take place across Gateshead during August from 10am to 4pm on: 

  • Monday 1 August, Trinity Square, Gateshead -featuring Johnny Ball
  • Monday 8 August, Saltwell Park (Northern Fields) - featuring Ryan Thomas
  • Monday 15 August, Blaydon Leisure Centre - featuring Scarlett Moffatt

Find out celebrity host appearance times

Our Learning and Skills staff will be at every roadshow with family fun games and workshops to try. Games will include skittles, bowling, hook a duck, penalty shootout, giant snakes and ladders and Connect 4 plus much more.

There will also be a classic London double decker bus for craft activities and art.  Plus, those who attend can get the chance to be entered into a prize draw  to win £250 worth of supermarket shopping vouchers.

Enter the prize draw

Johnny Ball, Denise Welch and Ryan Thomas
13 July 2022

The Multiply Roadshow will be heading to Gateshead this summer to help boost the borough's maths skills.

The maths roadshows, which will also include family friendly games and activities, will take place on Monday 1, 8 and 15 August at Trinity Square, Saltwell Park and Blaydon Leisure Centre.

Hosted by Multiply Champions and much-loved celebrities including 80's star Johnny Ball from Think of a Number, Play School and Strictly Come Dancing, star of Loose Women, Celebrity Big Brother and Waterloo Road, Denise Welch and Coronation Street actor and star of the Games, Ryan Thomas.  

Multiply is a new government-funded programme to help adults across the UK improve their numeracy skills.  Numeracy is the ability to understand and use maths in daily life, home, and work. Whether that is improving household finances, helping children with their homework, or improving numeracy skills to help at work or to get employment.

Find out more about Multiply

At the Multiply Roadshows residents will be able to find out more about short fully funded maths courses from Gateshead Learning and Skills. Families will also be able to take part in some family games, crafts, and activities to help make learning fun.

Councillor John Adams, Chair of Governors at Gateshead Learning and Skills and qualified maths teacher, said: "Boosting your numeracy skills can open up a whole range of new opportunities.  It can give help unlock new job prospects or help you progress at work, earn higher wages or to take on some higher-level training.  It can also help at home too, whether it's giving children a helping hand with their homework or giving you more confidence with everyday tasks like understanding bills, other costs, and budgeting.  

"We're always keen to make learning enjoyable and fun. These roadshows are a great way to find out more about the maths courses on offer and to talk to our Multiply Champions about the help that is available. You'll also be able to challenge some well-known celebrities and pitch your maths skills against them."

Roadshows will take place across Gateshead during August from 10am to 4pm on: 

  • Monday 1 August, Trinity Square, Gateshead -featuring Johnny Ball
  • Monday 8 August, Saltwell Park (Northern Fields) - featuring Ryan Thomas
  • Monday 15 August, Blaydon Leisure Centre - featuring Scarlett Moffatt

Find out celebrity host appearance times

Our Learning and Skills staff will be at every roadshow with family fun games and workshops to try. Games will include skittles, bowling, hook a duck, penalty shootout, giant snakes and ladders and Connect 4 plus much more.

There will also be a classic London double decker bus for craft activities and art.  Plus, those who attend can get the chance to be entered into a prize draw  to win £250 worth of supermarket shopping vouchers.

Enter the prize draw

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