Lifelong learner who helps others | Adult Learning Wales

Lifelong learner who helps others


Colin Ridgway is a hard working leaner who decided to return to learning after several years to further his employability prospects. Despite having initial doubts Colin pursued his interest and his fears of returning to learning were appeased by his tutor. Colin was anxious about the challenging he might face with his dyslexia.

Colin tells us, “I was hesitant at first when the course changed to online due to Covid 19, but with support and reassurance, I felt comfortable in pursuing my next chapter. I had a great tutor. Their assistance and availability helped me to deal with needs brought about by my dyslexia as well as aspects of the course."

"My dyslexia is very pronounced and I find it stressful writing essays. Until I reached university in my late twenty’s I had never been taught how to write an essay. When I was required to write at a higher academic level, returning to education after a break of over twenty years I struggled to write in the first person for the level 3 course.”

Colin has developed his digital skills and been able to support others with his new found skills. Throughout lockdown, Colin has seen the benefits that his learning has had not only on his teaching and digital practice, but on his well-being too.

Colin says, “The learning and skill I developed also encouraged me to become a trustee of an organisation of a local partnership that deliverers, amongst other services, community education, were I will be involved in developing educational service delivery within the community. My wellbeing, confidence and mental health have all improved. Being able to learn during the lockdown certainly was a very powerful tool to help my mental health as it provided me with something important to focus on.”

He adds, "I have been given the tools to learn more about Education and Training and I am passionate about sharing this with others, supporting and helping them on their journeys. I am undecided in if I am going to pursue employment in the training sector within industry or community education, but I would have these options without the superb course offered by Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales."

[Nominator reflects,] “Colin is an inspirational lifelong learner who has worked hard to develop his skills and help others. A deserving learner that I am proud to be nominating.”

Well done Colin, and best wishes from everyone at Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales.

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