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It was a pleasure to welcome Kathryn Robson (CEO) to the North Region this Monday!

7-March-2024
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It was a pleasure to welcome Kathryn Robson (CEO) to the North Region this Monday!

The visit was a chance for Kathryn to visit classes, meet tutors and spend time with some of the North Curriculum Development Coordinators (CDCs) Nicola Holmes, Laura Jones and Jane Watkins. 

Kathryn had a busy morning starting with visiting a nutrition course in Flint library with our partner tutor Sarah Powell Jones.

Sarah is part of the BCUHB dietetics team who deliver nutrition focused courses across North Wales in partnership with Adult Learning Wales.

CDC Nicola Holmes says, “We have been working with the BCUHB dietetics team for a number of years now and enjoy working in partnership with them to offer nutrition courses across the North region. Sarah and her colleagues offer a number of courses that work really well and build skills and knowledge about nutrition, food and healthy eating within the community.”

Kathryn then went on to Llay Resource Centre, Wrexham to join a Flower Arranging course with our tutor Sian Valentine.

Sian is running a number of flower arranging courses in the Wrexham area.  Learners learn about the different types of flowers and foliage and how to prepare them so they last as long as possible in an arrangement.  They also learn about different styles of arranging, colour theory, ratios, proportions and much more. 

CDC Laura Jones says, “Sian is a great tutor.  The learners really enjoy being able to learn about different approaches and styles and the opportunity to individually express themselves through flower arranging.  Many learners find the activity beneficial for mental health and wellbeing- as well as being lots of fun!”

Last but not least – in the afternoon Kathryn visited Mary Parry and the sewing course at Pengwern, Llangollen. 

Adult Learning Wales run 3 sewing courses at Pengwern, Llangollen – so Mary is a very busy tutor! 

Learners have made children’s dresses, bags, cushions and much more.

The learners have an opportunity to use sewing machines and an overlocker provided by Adult Learning Wales to produce items.  Learners of all starting abilities have been welcomed to the course and have all progressed really well.

“It’s so impressive to see all the learners work” says CDC Jane Watkins, “they work so hard, have so much fun and support each other really well which is lovely to see.  The sewing courses involve learners using so many skills – literacy, numeracy and budgeting skills as well as the direct sewing skills developed during the courses.”

Our Chief Executive officer Kathryn Robson said, “It’s amazing to see the breadth of provision we have in place across our North Wales region. The rich partnerships that are in place are integral to offering the right courses that enable professionals working in communities the opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge to support community services and development. Meeting groups of learners who describe their sewing and flower arranging classes as a lifeline to helping them combat loneliness and isolation, as well as building friendships, self esteem and confidence is inspirational. These experiences have led some learners to set up their own businesses and take an active lead in community projects which shows the positive ripple effect that adult community learning has in so many communities across Wales. The North Wales team, are, together with all ALW staff truly exceptional people with the skills, passion and unwavering drive to make things happen, giving so many learners the best experience possible”.

We can’t wait to see what else they achieve!

 

It was a pleasure to welcome Kathryn Robson (CEO) to the North Region this Monday!

The visit was a chance for Kathryn to visit classes, meet tutors and spend time with some of the North Curriculum Development Coordinators (CDCs) Nicola Holmes, Laura Jones and Jane Watkins. 

Kathryn had a busy morning starting with visiting a nutrition course in Flint library with our partner tutor Sarah Powell Jones.

Sarah is part of the BCUHB dietetics team who deliver nutrition focused courses across North Wales in partnership with Adult Learning Wales.

CDC Nicola Holmes says, “We have been working with the BCUHB dietetics team for a number of years now and enjoy working in partnership with them to offer nutrition courses across the North region. Sarah and her colleagues offer a number of courses that work really well and build skills and knowledge about nutrition, food and healthy eating within the community.”

Kathryn then went on to Llay Resource Centre, Wrexham to join a Flower Arranging course with our tutor Sian Valentine.

Sian is running a number of flower arranging courses in the Wrexham area.  Learners learn about the different types of flowers and foliage and how to prepare them so they last as long as possible in an arrangement.  They also learn about different styles of arranging, colour theory, ratios, proportions and much more. 

CDC Laura Jones says, “Sian is a great tutor.  The learners really enjoy being able to learn about different approaches and styles and the opportunity to individually express themselves through flower arranging.  Many learners find the activity beneficial for mental health and wellbeing- as well as being lots of fun!”

Last but not least – in the afternoon Kathryn visited Mary Parry and the sewing course at Pengwern, Llangollen. 

Adult Learning Wales run 3 sewing courses at Pengwern, Llangollen – so Mary is a very busy tutor! 

Learners have made children’s dresses, bags, cushions and much more.

The learners have an opportunity to use sewing machines and an overlocker provided by Adult Learning Wales to produce items.  Learners of all starting abilities have been welcomed to the course and have all progressed really well.

“It’s so impressive to see all the learners work” says CDC Jane Watkins, “they work so hard, have so much fun and support each other really well which is lovely to see.  The sewing courses involve learners using so many skills - literacy, numeracy and budgeting skills as well as the direct sewing skills developed during the courses.”

Our Chief Executive officer Kathryn Robson said, "It's amazing to see the breadth of provision we have in place across our North Wales region. The rich partnerships that are in place are integral to offering the right courses that enable professionals working in communities the opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge to support community services and development. Meeting groups of learners who describe their sewing and flower arranging classes as a lifeline to helping them combat loneliness and isolation, as well as building friendships, self esteem and confidence is inspirational. These experiences have led some learners to set up their own businesses and take an active lead in community projects which shows the positive ripple effect that adult community learning has in so many communities across Wales. The North Wales team, are, together with all ALW staff truly exceptional people with the skills, passion and unwavering drive to make things happen, giving so many learners the best experience possible".

We can’t wait to see what else they achieve!

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