Adult Learners' Week is a national celebration of lifelong learning; the biggest in England. The Week is now in its 24th year and includes activities such as national and regional awards ceremonies, parliamentary reception, ‘have a go’ learning taster events and a festival of Learning.


Northbrook College is holding an Adult Learning Information Evening during Adult Learner’s Week. The event will showcase Northbrook’s part-time and evening courses for adults. Some of the courses lead to qualifications, in subjects such as catering, accountancy, teaching, health care and counselling. Other courses are for leisure and personal development, including art, crafts, creative writing and languages.


Health & Social Care student Donna Day (32), of Salvington, Worthing, said:

Donna Day

“I started volunteering at the Durrington Children & Family Centre, just one morning a week last April. I have now been volunteering there for just over a year, working in their Play & Learn groups and then switching to their main reception desk and helping the families that use the centre. During this time, I have also been lucky enough to take advantage of the free courses offered to volunteers and I am really pleased to say I have passed five NCFE's at Level 2 and a Health Care Settings course.”


“So after just one year, I have a raft of new qualifications, have worked with some great people and I have just been accepted by the University of Guildford to fulfill my ambition to train to become a Midwife. This is the same University who turned me down last year, before my year as a volunteer. Volunteering has been a great experience for me. I am busy and with three children under 11 I really didn't think I had the time but by just committing to that one morning a week I gained invaluable work place experience, met some lovely families and have secured a place at University.”