Embracing lifelong learning

Now September is upon us, our region becomes a hub of adult education and skills courses, offering a diverse range of programmess that cater to various interests and aspirations. Whether you're looking to delve into new hobbies, expand your horizons, or nurture your creative side, these courses provide a platform for lifelong learning.

Personal enrichment
Learning is not solely confined to professional growth. In North Wales, Bangor University's Lifelong Learning programme opens doors to subjects like creative writing, art, and history, enabling individuals to explore their passions. Similarly, Riverside College in Widnes, Cheshire, provides language courses and creative arts workshops that foster personal enrichment, allowing you to engage with your interests in a supportive environment. There are also a number of informal groups in Wirral (e.g. The Barn, Heswall) and Cheshire (e.g. Toolerstone, Northwich) offering craft courses in such things as silversmithing, floristry, pottery, lino printing, candle making and willow weaving.

Craft courses and University of the Third Age (U3A)
For those with a penchant for creativity and craftsmanship, the region boasts a rich array of craft courses. The University of Chester's Centre for Work Related Studies in Cheshire offers pottery, woodworking, and textile courses, allowing you to hone your artistic skills and create tangible works of art. Additionally, the University of the Third Age (U3A), a self-help educational movement for those in their third age of life, provides an avenue for members to share their skills and passions through workshops and interest groups. U3A branches in Merseyside, North Wales, and Cheshire offer opportunities to explore diverse hobbies, from painting to photography, with like-minded individuals.

Health and well-being
A holistic approach to education includes courses that promote well-being. Merseyside's Wirral Metropolitan College offers fitness instructor courses and wellness workshops for those passionate about health and fitness. For a mindful journey, Coleg Cambria in North Wales presents meditation and stress management classes, contributing to your overall quality of life.

Digital literacy
In an increasingly digital world, gaining proficiency in technology is crucial. Adult education centres like Wrexham Glyndwr University in North Wales provide courses in digital literacy, website development, and graphic design. These skills not only enable individuals to confidently navigate the digital landscape but also open doors to creative expression.

Accessing courses
As enrolment is active now, it's essential to know how to access these enriching courses. The websites of the respective educational institutions provide detailed information about course offerings, admission requirements, and registration procedures. Additionally, regional educational directories such as Cheshire East Council's Adult Learning or Mersey Learn & Work can help you explore a variety of options.

Embracing the benefits of adult education and skills can lead to a world of personal growth and discovery. Whether you're striving to explore new interests, nurture your creativity, enhance your well-being, or develop digital skills, these courses are designed to cater to your aspirations. Take a look and take the first step toward unlocking your potential by enrolling in these transformative programmes. Remember, learning knows no age limits, and the journey of self-improvement is an adventure worth embarking upon.

Cheshire college – south and west - https://www.ccsw.ac.uk/
City of Liverpool college - https://www.liv-coll.ac.uk/
Bangor university lifelong learning - https://www.bangor.ac.uk/ll/
Riverside college - https://www.riversidecollege.ac.uk/
Wirral Metropolitan college - https://www.wmc.ac.uk/adultcourses
Coleg Cambria - https://www.cambria.ac.uk/
Wrexham Glyndwr University - https://glyndwr.ac.uk/
Cheshire east adult learning - https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/schools/lifelong_learning/lifelong_learning.aspx
The Barn, Heswall - https://thebarnwirral.co.uk/
Toolerstone, Northwich - https://toolerstone.co.uk/
University of the Third Age - https://www.u3a.org.uk/