Grandmother Angela Eyers regularly attends the Aspire Centre @ Southfields Community College for adult learning. She first came to the centre to complete a basic CV workshop and then progressed on to complete a Computer Basic Skills course to help her with her future employment. Following on from this, she realised the importance of gaining a basic skills qulaification to help her with her jobsearch and as such registered on an Adult Literacy Level 1 course. This year Angela is working towards her Adult Literacy Level 2 qualification and, as an experienced parent, she currently supports the weekly parent drop-in session at the Aspire. While attending this session, Angela was given information about a Community Health Development Programme run by Wandsworth NHS and held at the Katherine Lowe Settlement. She attended this course and achieved a certificate of attendance.
Angela is delighted that she is still learning and achieving things as a mature student and takes great pleasure in being a positive role model for her daughter and grandson.
Angela's daugher, MArsha, also makes use of the services on offer. She has previously achieved Literacy Level 2 and currently attends the parent weekly drop-in sessions with her mother. Marsha's son is a student at the College. There are times during the week when he and his mum are learning in the same building at the same time. He thinks that this is great and is very proud of the progress both his mum and gran have made on their courses. He said "Mum is learning new things and then she is teaching them to me."
Together Marsha and her son have completed a Family Learning Baking course, as well as a Parent and Child Rock Climbing course, both of which they really enjoyed. Marsha sadi, "I wanted to share an activity that we would both enjoy while at the asme time learning something new. It was terrific to work with my son in this way and it gave me an opportunity to see how he learns alongside other young people."
Both Angela and Marsha think that 'Lifelong Learning' affords people an excellent opportunity to catch up on things they missed when at school and that it also gives adults a chance to do something completely new. Marsha said "It gives you the chance to gain qualifications if you wish, but just as importantly it allows you to socialize and meet others."
When asked what they would say to other families about trying a family learning course, they all said at the same time...
"Go for it!"