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Be inspired by others


Be inspired by the success of others who have used our adult learning service.

Jim Taylor

Jim found maths difficult at school and left feeling that it was a subject he just wasn't any good at. After working for many years, he began to feel that he would like to refresh his skills and be more confident to help his child with homework. Jim contacted us for advice about classes in his area.

He has passed his Level 2 English and will shortly be completing his Level 1 maths course. Jim said "These courses are brilliant. You learn at your own pace and never feel that you are just being taught to pass an exam."  Jim says that he is now much more confident to use maths in everyday situations. He is a lot better at maths than he realised. He would recommend these classes to anyone.

Steven Walker

Steven had been unemployed for some time when he contacted us for help. He wanted to improve his basic skills, and he had decided to enrol onto our Maths and English Functional Skills classes.

In his first year of learning, he achieved Entry Level 3 Maths and Functional Skills Level 1 English. This gave him the confidence to progress to the next level for both. Because of the progress he had made in his studies, he was offered a work placement in the office at his local foodbank. This role has given him some valuable experience to add to his CV. He is now planning to continue onto Level 2 Maths in the summer and use his new qualifications to help him to get back into work. By attending the courses regularly, Steven's confidence has grown, he has met new people and developed lots of new skills.

Vivienne Huthart

When Vivienne joined the Community Parents course at Stanley Children's Centre, she wasn't sure what she was letting herself in for. A friend had persuaded Vivienne to go along, but as she sat in the first session she was worried about starting something new and that she would not be able to remember all of the things she was being taught.

However, Vivienne shouldn't have worried, she soon realised that she already had the skills needed to tackle the vitally important role of supporting people in her local community. The support of others on the course helped Vivienne to develop her confidence to speak in front of other people and share her thoughts, ideas and her experience of being a parent.

Vivienne has now successfully completed the course and is looking forward to beginning her role as a Community Parent Volunteer (supporting families through pregnancy until their child is 5 years old). She has learnt a lot about the role of volunteers and community parents, but has also been able to create an action plan for her own personal development. By attending the course, she feels that she has been able to develop many useful personal skills. She would like to continue learning and intends to enrol on a counselling course to help her in her volunteering role.

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