The wider benefits of adult learning

Eleven local residents are currently enrolled on a drawing course with the Adult Learning Service. Last week they spoke of how they are gaining much more from the course than simply acquiring a new skill.

One man described how the tutor has taken him from the very basics of drawing to setting up his own business selling his work to the general public. Other learners talked about the benefits of ‘learning something new every week’; of how the course has prevented them from becoming socially isolated; of how it has improved their mental health; of their amazement at the progress that they have made in such a short space of time; and how the course has pushed them outside their comfort zone.