Start learn­ing and en­joy­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties

Let's Talk - - RETIREMENT SPECIAL -

With more time on your hands and fewer work com­mit­ments or wor­ries to think about, this can be the time to ex­plore new in­ter­ests, learn new skills and chal­lenge your­self while hav­ing fun.

The range of Adult Ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses avail­able to to­day’s pen­sion­ers is so var­ied, with some­thing to ap­peal to all tastes, ages and back­grounds. As Judy Youngs, as­sis­tant head of Nor­folk County Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity learn­ing ser­vice, says: “We cater for peo­ple from the age of 18 and the old­est learner we have had so far was 98!

“We like to think we run a ser­vice which can re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion and also help peo­ple to keep their brains ac­tive, get out and about and make friends.”

Among the range of cour­ses avail­able are arts and crafts op­por­tu­ni­ties; com­put­ing; his­tory and her­itage; na­ture; busi­ness, GCSE qual­i­fi­ca­tions and the chance to learn or im­prove a for­eign lan­guage - even Bri­tish Sign Lan­guage, which can also be a very help­ful skill for peo­ple want­ing to do vol­un­tary work. Classes take place around the county - and there are many oth­ers avail­able too in Suf­folk and else­where in the east­ern re­gion.

Nor­folk County Coun­cil’s ser­vice, take a look at the ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing sec­tion on the web­site www.nor­folk.gov.uk, ring 0344 8008020 or call in to Wen­sum Lodge at 169 King Street, Nor­wich, NR1 1QW.

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