Our North Wales Sewing Skills tutor Mary Parry is nominated for the Inspire! Tutor Award 2023! | Adult Learning Wales

Our North Wales Sewing Skills tutor Mary Parry is nominated for the Inspire! Tutor Award 2023!


Mary Parry first joined Adult Learning Wales as a learner in 2021 and as a tutor in March last year. There was such a demand for sewing skills courses that Mary offered up more of her time on weekends and evenings to suit learner’s availability. Many learners have said sewing is the best thing they have ever done. Mary delivers sewing classes in Wrexham and Denbighshire. Her most recent course was to teach Syrian refugees the basics of sewing. She always ensures that learners feel well supported both inside and outside of the classroom.

Mary’s learners have entered into employment with their newfound skills and progressed into further education having improved their confidence and communication skills. Learners have sold or donated their finished products, been able to repair and alter clothing and gifted items to friends and family globally.

Our tutor Mary Parry says, “I deliver face to face and online learning teaching people to sew.  I have delivered 11 classes per week to people aged between 20 years old to 85 years old.  In all there are 65 people attending my classes on a weekly basis. During these classes I have seen learners confidence and skills develop tremendously, and I am extremely proud of all of them.

As well as teaching learners at Adult Learning Wales, I am working on a project called ‘Dress a Girl around the World.  This is an International project and well established.  The plan is that all the learners will be introduced to dressmaking each learner will make a little girls dress and a pair of  shorts for a boy which will then be sent to a  third world country such as Uganda. These children may only have one new dress or pair of shorts in their lives.

There is nothing like the joy of making something from start to finish and being delighted with the end result.  All the learners in the Adult Learning groups enjoy this every time they attend my sewing classes.”

Over the last year, we have seen the works of many of our learners featured on our website and social media platforms and look forward to seeing even more creative and beautiful work! We are proud of what our learners and Mary have achieved and wish Mary the best of luck in the Inspire! Awards!

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