Magazine - Wirral Adult Learners Week 2011
The Wirral adult learners week event was a great success the morning was a networking, planning and information sharing session. Over 45 people attended to represent organisations involved in Adult Learning from all over the Wirral including: Wirral Metropolitan College, Wirral Lifelong Learning, Wirral Society for the Blind, ARCH Initiatives, Wirral CVS, Forum Housing, Wirral Partnership Homes, New Brighton Children's Centre, Wirral TV, Aspire Trust, Working Life, Wirral Libraries, Birkenhead Sixth Form, U3A, Wirral 3Ls, JCP, Volunteering Wirral, U3A, Wirral Leisure Learning, Unionlearn.
In the afternoon there was an award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of adult learners eighty people received certificates from the Mayor in recognition of their outstanding achievement in Adult Learning.
This was, for example, taking up learning for the first time in many years, meeting challenges, working with others, overcoming obstacles, contributing to the community or other personal achievements through learning.
Wirral Adult Learning - Producing positive outcomes
The event was opened by the Chief Executive of Wirral Borough Council, Jim Wilkie who said "adult learning is very important because as we have seen here today the confidence people gain has led to so many positive outcomes".
After the event one or the recipients of the award, Laura Saunderson who is on the Gateway to Employment course at St. James Neighbourhood College in Birkenhead said "when I first started college again at the age of 23 I had no confidence now after completing different course I have a hunger to succeed".
There was lots of positive feed back from the people who nominated students several mentioning how delighted and proud the students and their families felt at them being recognised for their achievements.