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Never too late to learn!

Take the first step towards a new skill and it could be the start of a life-changing journey

Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to learn - perhaps getting a job, helping your children with their homework, or developing a new interest.

Adult learner Angela Page, left, with Debbie Stacey, from Riverside Training.

Adult learner Angela Page, left, with Debbie Stacey, from Riverside Training.

Whatever you’d like to achieve - and with courses available for all ages across Lincolnshire - it’s never too late! That’s the message from executive director responsible for lifelong learning, Richard Wills, in the run-up to Adult Learners’ Week.

“With so much on offer, learning really is something you can do at any age - even if you always felt you struggled at school,” he says.

“You might want to improve your maths or English, learn a new skill for a job, or meet people and socialise.

“Whatever you want to achieve, you can do it - as long as you take the first step and see what’s out there!”

During Adult Learners’ Week, which runs from 13-19 June, a variety of activities will be taking place at libraries and other venues, inspiring people to return to learning.

And don’t feel you have to wait until June - there are daytime and evening courses throughout the county all year round.

What’s more, depending on your circumstances, you may even qualify for financial help with equipment, transport and childcare.

For details of courses in Lincolnshire, visit, follow us on Twitter @learninglincs, or phone 01522 782011. For Adult Learners’ Week generally, go to

Turning my life around

Suffering from anxiety after years of unemployment, and coping with being a single parent, Angela Page decided in 2012 to try and turn her life around.

The 44-year-old, from Gainsborough, joined a Boost Your Self-Esteem course run by Riverside Training, one of Lincolnshire’s community learning providers, which helped her tackle day-to-day issues.

Angela then enrolled on and successfully completed an accredited Customer Service course, gaining a new qualification and boosting her confidence even further. Since then, Angela has secured a job at her local Morrison’s store, and says she has come a long way since returning to learning three years ago.

Angela said: “When I heard I’d got the job, at first I was amazed and then I was proud - of what I’d achieved just by completing these courses and taking that step in the right direction. I would recommend anyone who wants to change their life around to definitely do it - don’t think you can’t, because you can!”

Local lifelong learning

In the past year, over 9,000 learners have attended one of the 1,600 courses provided by the Lincolnshire Community Learning Service, developing personal, social and employability skills.

They’ve also gained valuable qualifications ranging from bricklaying and accounting to IT and family learning.


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Last updated: 17 February 2017

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