Learner Stories

Everyone who starts one of our courses is achieving their own personal success by learning something new. Here are just a few of our success stories.

Family learning provides small steps to success

Charlotte Loveday, a mum to two boys, took part in a Family Learning course at St Peter at Gowts Church of England Primary School, Lincoln in 2008, and found she’d caught the learning bug! Charlotte explained that it was the guidance and support of the Family Learning Tutor that had encouraged her in her learning.

After attending the Family Learning course and gaining two literacy qualifications, Charlotte enrolled at Lincoln College, where she gained the qualifications needed to become a teaching assistant.

At Lincoln College she was officially diagnosed as being dyslexic, but thanks to the one-to-one support, she was able to progress with her studies and very successfully gained a Grade A in her L3 CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education.

Charlotte is now employed as a Teaching Assistant at St.Peter at Gowts Primary School. The school is very proud of her achievements.

Dropped a dress size!

In Spring 2012 the Community Learning Service piloted a new course in the South of the County focussing on exercise and healthy eating which has proved a great success with all the learners.

The course combines a forty-five minute exercise class with a fifteen minute healthy eating advice session and optional weigh-in. Feedback received confirmed that all learners achieved their personal goals with many committed to continuing with a healthier lifestyle by joining a club and changing their eating habits.

Comments such as “the only course where my weight has decreased every week for 10 weeks” and “really thrilled with the results, not just weight loss but shape change too” show how successful the course has been.

A bit of a boost!

An exciting new course ‘Boost Your Self-Esteem’ started in January 2012 at Riverside Training, Gainsborough.

This popular five week course was designed to enable participants to improve their self-esteem, self-worth, self-belief and confidence levels. All learners shared a common experience that had affected their self esteem. The group developed a supportive, positive and happy relationship, that all learners have become good friends. The course has had such a positive impact on learners that they have started their own support network.

Operation fly swat!

Rehabilitating prisoners from North Sea Camp undertook a GROW learning course in Health and Safety. This enabled them to form a fly-tipping squad as part of a multi-agency task force to clean up the local area.

A prison spokesperson commented ‘rehabilitation of offenders is helped by developing a ‘normal’ route of work, giving satisfaction after a day’s labour and a job well done and is essential preparation for release’ .This was an example of how everyone can improve their skills and contribute to the local community

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