Our learner Susan Evans Hallam went from being a beginners sewing learner to becoming one of our Learning Support Assistants (LSA)! | Adult Learning Wales

Our learner Susan Evans Hallam went from being a beginners sewing learner to becoming one of our Learning Support Assistants (LSA)!

10-June-2024
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Susan tells us, “I began a beginner’s sewing class with Adult Learning Wales in Llangollen, Denbighshire in September 2022, just as I was completing treatment for breast cancer. I had a year of isolation, due to covid, and I reacted badly to all the supporting drugs during chemotherapy. So, I was practically bedbound for three months. At the time I was completing placement hours as a volunteer level 5 counsellor for the prescribed medication support service. I had to suspend as ethically I felt I couldn’t safely hold anyone else’s trauma. I had a near death experience post operation as my bloods dropped dramatically and I had to have 4 and half units of blood! During the treatment I felt like I lost myself.

The sewing class really helped me recover. I was socialising again, met some lovely new friends, and it got my brain functioning again! I found some joy again! The sewing process itself really helped my mental wellbeing, as you are in the moment and gave me an enormous sense of achievement as well as pleasure. I rediscovered a new me! I have been attending sewing class ever since! 

I have become very competent at sewing including making dresses for the Dress A Girl Around the World project and completed quite a few accredited units and used my skills to offer peer support to other learners as well.

Then when the tutor Mary approached me about utilising my skill as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) for Adult Learning Wales within the sewing classes I couldn’t believe it! It fits my background. So, I applied and fortunately got the job. 

I was formally a community agent, helping set up community groups, socially prescribing to isolated people! So, in one way I have come full circle! I also formerly worked as a learning support in primary schools, as well as being a level4 assessor! I have always been passionate about the importance of community, and lifelong learning! 

My new role as an LSA on sewing courses in Llangollen and also being a LSA on some courses that take place in Wrexham means I can use my sewing skills and other skills to support new learners or learners who need some extra support. I have been able to access Continued Personal Development through Adult Learning Wales and feel a valued member of the team.  I absolutely love the job. It’s positive, empowering others to achieve! It feels like a gift.”

We’d like to congratulate Susan for doing so well and being a part of our team! If you would like to find out more about our sewing courses, click here: www.adultlearning.wales/community-courses/?subject=all&keyword&coursetype

Susan tells us, “I began a beginner's sewing class with Adult Learning Wales in Llangollen, Denbighshire in September 2022, just as I was completing treatment for breast cancer. I had a year of isolation, due to covid, and I reacted badly to all the supporting drugs during chemotherapy. So, I was practically bedbound for three months. At the time I was completing placement hours as a volunteer level 5 counsellor for the prescribed medication support service. I had to suspend as ethically I felt I couldn't safely hold anyone else's trauma. I had a near death experience post operation as my bloods dropped dramatically and I had to have 4 and half units of blood! During the treatment I felt like I lost myself.

The sewing class really helped me recover. I was socialising again, met some lovely new friends, and it got my brain functioning again! I found some joy again! The sewing process itself really helped my mental wellbeing, as you are in the moment and gave me an enormous sense of achievement as well as pleasure. I rediscovered a new me! I have been attending sewing class ever since! 

I have become very competent at sewing including making dresses for the Dress A Girl Around the World project and completed quite a few accredited units and used my skills to offer peer support to other learners as well.

Then when the tutor Mary approached me about utilising my skill as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) for Adult Learning Wales within the sewing classes I couldn't believe it! It fits my background. So, I applied and fortunately got the job. 

I was formally a community agent, helping set up community groups, socially prescribing to isolated people! So, in one way I have come full circle! I also formerly worked as a learning support in primary schools, as well as being a level4 assessor! I have always been passionate about the importance of community, and lifelong learning! 

My new role as an LSA on sewing courses in Llangollen and also being a LSA on some courses that take place in Wrexham means I can use my sewing skills and other skills to support new learners or learners who need some extra support. I have been able to access Continued Personal Development through Adult Learning Wales and feel a valued member of the team.  I absolutely love the job. It's positive, empowering others to achieve! It feels like a gift.”

We’d like to congratulate Susan for doing so well and being a part of our team! If you would like to find out more about our sewing courses, click here: www.adultlearning.wales/community-courses/?subject=all&keyword&coursetype

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