Steffanie proves it's never too late to return to learning

November 08 2016

STEFFANIE James, from Cadbury Heath, has been named South Gloucestershire’s Learner of the Year after her success in completing maths studies through the community learning service.

STEFFANIE James, from Cadbury Heath, has been named South Gloucestershire’s Learner of the Year after her success in completing maths studies through the community learning service.

Steffanie, who was praised for the commitment she put in to her course, is now studying a creative writing course in Kingswood.

She was one of the successful learners who attended a recent South Gloucestershire Council event aimed at  helping employers recognise  the benefits of taking on people who have taken part in community learning.

The courses can be based at workplaces and targeted to employers’ needs. Community learning also provides courses with elements of job coaching to individuals including English, maths, IT skills and improving their self-confidence. There is even a course on knitting to help improve communication as well as crafting skills.

It also runs family learning courses to help parents and children have fun with words and numbers. These take place in a school setting so that parents can also learn together with their children.

Soraya Young, deputy head teacher at Coniston Primary School in Patchway,  said: “The family learning events have helped build community spirit within the school Parents and children have spent quality time together, engaged in fun learning activities, something they might not have done otherwise.” 

Councillor Jon Hunt, chairman of South Gloucestershire’s Children, Adults and Health Committee, said: “Last year around 1,000 people attended community learning courses in South Gloucestershire. The wide range of topics aims to help people grow in confidence, improve their literacy and numeracy skills and help them progress to further learning or employment."

Courses are aimed at people aged 19 and over. More information at  www.southglos.gov.uk/communitylearning or telephone 01454 864613.