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Len, 86, Crowned Adult Learner of the Year at Wrexham Awards

Date Posted: 22-June-2017



Our learner Len Murphy, has proved there is no age limit to learning by picking up two awards at the Wrexham Adult and Community Learning Partnership awards.

Len, who was born in 1930, has completed a number of computer and language courses over the past few years with us, and is even studying towards an Open University degree in Languages and Culture, which he is due to complete in 2019.

Len, who is from Garden Village, suffered two strokes seven years ago and began a basic computer course after his recovery.

Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales’ Joy Williams, nominated Len for the Adult Learner Award. She said: “Len is 86 years young. He enrolled on a basic computer course following his strokes. If he did not feel well enough to drive or if the roads were icy, he used Chariots taxi service to bring him to class. He was determined to never miss one.

“After the computer course he progressed to learning about the Internet, emailing and desktop publishing. He is currently enrolled on a PowerPoint and Excel spreadsheets course and has been learning Spanish for the past three years.

“After school Len’s family could not afford for him to go to university and gain a degree, but in 2016 he started an Open University degree in Languages and Culture and is due to gain a BA (Hons) in 2019. Len uses the computer skills he has learnt to complete his university assignments. Len is simply an inspiration”.

Len also picked up the Overall Learner of the Year Award at the event, which welcomed learners and tutors from across the area.

Entertainment was provided by “Sound Express”, a band formed through Emerge Community Arts. They run Adult Learning Wales accredited courses with learners across Flintshire and Wrexham, working with people who have Autism, physical and learning difficulties and mental health issues. They build communities through the Arts and connect their learners to other projects they run and provide volunteer opportunities.

One of the bands they work with are 'Sound Express', a band that includes people who experience Autism and learning difficulties. They have been part of a course for two years now and regularly perform and gig around the local and wider area.

Our other winners at the event held on Wednesday, 21 June at Wrexham Library, were:

•    Essential Skills Award – Tricia Roberts
•    Adult Learner Award – Len Murphy
•    Progression in Learning – Ashok Chopra
•    Life and Career Change Award – Peter Jones

Congratulations to Len and all of our award winners!