Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards 2013

Last Thursday I had the honour of being invited to give the opening address to the Suffolk Adult Learners’ Awards 2013 at the University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy was the host and even managed to get the audience to clap and holler when he introduced me, as I opened my speech I said I have been booed before speaking but never hollered!

All over the country last week people are celebrating Adult Learners Week (ALW) as part of the NIACE initiative and the award ceremony was just one of the activities happening in Suffolk last week. Across the county there were an incredible variety of taster sessions, open evenings, and even a conference for mature learners interested in going to university at UCS. To give just a few examples. You could try Indian head massage or singing, learn about dyslexia, do a maths or English taster, learn to make a healthy snack for the family and even try out playing in a steel band!

The awards were to celebrate the successes and diversity of adult learning in Suffolk.  Adult learning covers a huge spectrum – from family learning, leisure and community learning, work-place learning, learning for older people, learning for specific groups and university lectures are just some examples.

All of these examples have a common thread.  They can have a huge impact on people’s lives. Adult learning can give people a second chance to return to learning and improve their life or work chances through learning new skills.

Indeed Adult learning can inspire and motivate people to overcome barriers that life throws up. It can help people get into or back into work or once in work improve their career prospects. It can give people life skills to enable them to live more independent lives. For older people it can help them socialise, stay active and keep up with changes.

So the Awards were to celebrate some of the achievements adult learners in Suffolk and hopefully inspire others to sign up and take a course or attend a lecture and learn something new.

It certainly was an honour to be a judge firstly reading through the entries and nominations and then along with Miles Cole – LEAP Project manager, Fiona (Fisk – Head of Academic Partnerships and Support and Gwen Parsons – the former Head of Lowestoft College judging the winning entries to picking the winners

In the tough financial times Local government are going through there are many difficult meetings to be had and tough decisions to make but every now and again you are reminded just why we do it.

There are pictures online at the leap website and in them you’ll see what a wonderful joyful evening it was.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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