Our ESOL learners joint Educational Visit to Chester Zoo!

12-April-2022
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On Saturday 2nd April, 50 learners and staff from Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales travelled across the border from Powys into Cheshire, for an educational visit to Chester Zoo. It was a pleasure to welcome a number of new learners to the Organisation, through attendance on this trip.

Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales has recently forged a close working partnership with Powys County Council’s Youth Service, and through the generous assistance of the ‘Winter of Wellbeing’ funding from Welsh Government, a number of learners attached to the Youth Service benefitted from the fully-funded educational visit to the Zoo. These new learners joined together with a large contingent of AOC|ALW ESOL community learners from across North Powys, and the trip was a resounding success.

Learners set off from an overcast Machynlleth at 8am, stopping in Newtown and Welshpool along the way to collect more learners. As the day progressed, so did the weather, and the group experienced sunshine for much of the outing. At the Zoo, learners enjoyed 14 acres of space in which to explore, seeing the animals and learning about grooming and feeding habits. 7.5 miles of walking was undertaken throughout the day, and the group returned to Powys at 7pm, with very tired feet!

New friendships were forged between the new and existing learners, and staff from both the Youth Service and Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales commented on how much the learners had enjoyed the Visit, and how much both groups of learners had gained from meeting new people, and building their confidence in an unfamiliar setting.

We very much look forward to working closely with the Youth Service, going forward. A great day out was had by all!

To view more photos from the day, please click here!

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