Start learning and enjoying opportunities
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.