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An adult learning centre in Crowthorne offeres a series of taster sessions

Published: 25 May 2014 15:000 comments

A CENTRE in Crowthorne that helps adults with learning difficulties threw its doors open to the public.

Stephen Treisman plays on a xylophone at Ravenswood.

The Norwood Annie Lawson Centre for Life Skills and Learning in Ravenswood, offered taster sessions and course demonstrations throughout last week to showcase its work.

The week began with a celebrity quiz created by the learners and a musical magical mystery tour, and ended on Friday, with live music, a drumming session and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the cakes and biscuits made by people studying there.

Jeanette Hooper, manager of life skills and learning at the facility, said: “Learners on our courses come away with so many diverse skills. For example, in our Cookery Around the World course people don’t just learn to cook. Within the learning we include cultural diversity, location, cultural music, food groups, healthy eating and food hygiene.

The courses are delivered in a fun way which enables people to improve their key skills and social skills while building their self-esteem and confidence, and supporting them to lead more independent lives.”

The centre offers a full programme of accredited and non-accredited courses aimed at adults with learning disabilities.

The courses are designed to meet the needs of people at every level of ability, and include life skills, independent living skills, horticulture, creative arts, IT, work skills, sport and equestrian courses.

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