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Residents encouraged to get involved in adult learning

Posted on 24 Nov 2022

Say yes to adult learning. That’s the message from North Ayrshire Council ahead of Adult Learners’ Week 2022.

Running from Saturday 26 November until Friday 2 December, the national campaign - delivered by Scotland’s Learning Partnership - celebrates the benefits and many avenues of adult learning happening throughout Scotland. 

Here in North Ayrshire, the Council is keen to champion the positive role that learning can play at any point in life.

To give residents a flavour of the variety and scale of learning in the area, the Community Learning and Development (CLD) team will be taking to social media to share a range of opportunities that will:

- Shine the spotlight on the common interests of learners and providers;
- Promote the benefits of non-formal adult and family learning;
- Highlight the great work the CLD are doing to break down learning barriers for some of the area’s most excluded groups;
- Signpost followers to local opportunities designed to enhance employability and digital skills;
- Help residents to come together, meet new people, feel more confident and be empowered to lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

It is hoped that by highlighting the activities available to adult learners, even more people will get involved and seek to acquire new skills so that they too can gain qualifications and potentially a new job to improve their lives. 

Councillor Alan Hill, Cabinet Member for Islands and Communities said: “With the challenges of the pandemic, we understand that many people’s circumstances are now far different than they were several years ago, and we are also acutely aware of the challenges so many residents are now facing in the current Cost-Of-Living crisis.

It is therefore more important than ever before to provide support and raise awareness of what’s out there for adult learners’ here in North Ayrshire, like learning a new skill, working towards a qualification, or brushing up on digital, literacy or numeracy skills. This can lead to employment opportunities. Simply learning a new hobby can also give you confidence and a morale boost during the long winter days.

“As we celebrate all that is adult learning, I would encourage residents to please tune into social media over the next week to help us to increase awareness of the wealth of learning opportunities we have on our doorstep including a host of important health, wellbeing and confidence-building initiatives.

“There are so many brilliant opportunities available, and the team are on hand ready to support you. Everyone who is willing to learn is welcome to take the next step in their adult learning journey with us. Better yet, not only is adult learning fun, it also provides a great opportunity to meet likeminded people and form new connections and friendships in our communities.”

Join the North Ayrshire Virtual Community Centre Facebook Group to learn more about Adult Learning in North Ayrshire: https://www.facebook.com/NorthAyrshireCommunity

Then, follow your own Virtual Community Centre page to find out what’s happening near you:

- Arran: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArranCommunity
- Garnock Valley: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GarnockValleyCommunity
- North Coast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthCoastCommunity
- Irvine: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IrvineCommunity/
- Kilwinning: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KilwinningCommunity
- Three Towns: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThreeTownsCommunity