Community Partnership Event success as Lancashire Adult Learning seeks to expand its footprint

Lancashire Adult Learning has hosted a successful Community Partnership Event at its Northlight hub in Brierfield as it seeks to expand its footprint and reach even more learners across the county.

The event was a chance to showcase Lancashire Adult Learning to current and prospective partners, as well as highlight LAL’s key priorities and the varied curriculum areas. The positive impact of LAL’s work, who it is delivered to and where this delivery takes place was also shared with guests.

Keynote speakers included Lancashire Adult Learning’s Associate Principal Tracey Baron and Head of Adult and Community Learning Nicola Hall, while guest representatives from Cherry Fold Primary School in Burnley, the Department for Work and Pensions, Chorley Borough Council, Pendle Women’s Forum, Lancaster University and Lancashire County Council’s Libraries, Museums, Culture and Registrars department also provided testimonials.

Following the session, partner organisations had the chance to network or speak to one of LAL’s specialist Partnership and Recruitment Officers about how Lancashire Adult Learning can work together to support adult learners in Lancashire.

Rachel Beauchamp, Student Employability Officer at Lancaster University, said: “Sometimes we find that although students at Lancaster University are extremely academically able, they can struggle with confidence and communication.

“The volunteer training programme with Lancashire Adult Learning is allowing our students to develop the important skills that they need for the future, significantly increasing their confidence and empowering them to go out into the community and seek volunteering opportunities in the local area with organisations including Shelter, Alzheimer’s UK and Parkinson’s UK.

“We have seen some fantastic results and the programme is also tailored to meet the needs of our students.”

Simon Charnock, Digital Transformation Officer at Chorley Borough Council, said: “I work together with Lancashire Adult Learning around digital inclusion and my work is with local groups, community organisations and parish councils. If I see a need for a course, I contact LAL to see if they can facilitate the delivery.

“Over the last year, we’ve delivered 40 different courses together, and these include Functional Skills helping people get back into work, Computers for Speakers of Other Languages (CSOL) helping a group of Syrian refugees integrate into the local community and tablet courses for people in rural villages aiding them to do things such as paying utility bills online or order medication.

“The relationship we enjoy with LAL is really good, efficient and easy, and is one we are looking forward to growing in the future.”

Nicola Hall said: “The event was a huge success and more than 50 partners attended. I was particularly delighted to meet so many new partners from organisations across Lancashire who would like to work in partnership with Lancashire Adult Learning to enable us to reach even more learners and support them to gain skills, improve their health and wellbeing and create stronger more sustainable communities.”

As well as Lancashire Adult Learning’s targeted delivery and partnership work, it also offers a huge range of planned provision across the Red Rose County through its publicly advertised programme, from Arts and Crafts to Humanities classes, Languages to Health and Wellbeing sessions and Functional Skills English and Maths and Employability courses.

In February, Lancashire Adult Learning was named as the national Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year winner at the Tes FE Awards.

For more information about LAL, contact 0333 003 1717 or visit www.lal.ac.uk

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