It’s never too late to learn…

Paddy and Nicko performing in the semi-final. Photo by TomDymond/Thames/REX.

Paddy and Nicko performing in the semi-final. Photo by TomDymond/Thames/REX.

Ever heard the saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’? Well, forget it! We believe it’s never too late to learn.

Just look at Stourbridge supergran, Paddy Jones, who made Saturday’s final of Britain’s Got Talent with her late-learned salsa skills.  Good on her, we say. But you don’t have to go to extremes to make learning a part of your life after your school and college days are over.

As part of the national ‘Adult Learner Week’ initiative, organised by NIACE (the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education), Dudley Council has set a programme of FREE workshops to encourage you to give it a go.

It may be something you’ve always wanted to try, or something you know nothing about but would like to learn more. There really is a course for everyone to enjoy and, you never know, you may find a hidden talent like Paddy!

Spark the novelist in you with a creative writing course, or get a flash of inspiration with a digital photography workshop. Brush up on your painting skills or be fascinated by our ‘how to make a fascinator’ workshop.  There’s also a host of practical workshops including basic car maintenance, an intro to Excel, how to use an i-pad and maths and English improvers courses.  And families aren’t left out with an opportunity to learn more about family puppetry, learn the art of enhancing storytelling through the use of puppets to entertain and educate children.

Adult Learner Week takes place between 14th and 20th June and most activities in Dudley fall between these dates – although there are a few workshops in the lead up to it too.

Download this PDF for a full list of courses – and details on how to book on.

Keep up to date with other, similar council initiatives on their website here.