New adult learning space opens in Okehampton

Posted on: 9 May 2019

Learn Devon, Devon County Council’s adult education service is to open a new adult learning space in Okehampton.

Located inside the Okehampton Library, the ‘hub’ will provide adults in Okehampton and the surrounding villages with a dedicated space for improving English and maths skills, learning a new language or trying a new art or craft.

A special celebration to officially open the hub will take place on Saturday 11 May from 10am onwards.

As part of the festivities, free workshops covering ‘stick puppet making’ and ‘expressing yourself through art and craft’ will take place throughout the morning, followed by a cake cutting ceremony at 12:30pm.

VIPs have been invited to the opening including local and county councillors, the Mayor of Okehampton and Town Councillor Janet Carpenter, and representatives from local schools and community and church organisations.

Cllr Rufus Gilbert

Cllr Rufus Gilbert

“Devon County Council has a strong tradition of helping adults continue to learn throughout their lives and we are responding to local demand by opening this new hub in Okehampton,” said Devon County Councillor Rufus Gilbert, who has Cabinet responsibility for Economy and Skills.

“One of our key priorities is improving opportunities for every Devon resident and supporting them to learn the skills they need to improve their lives so they can be independent and economically active.”

Life-long learning has many benefits. Research shows that people who carry on learning through life report higher wellbeing and a greater ability to cope with stress.

Cllr Kevin Ball

Local County Councillor for Okehampton, Cllr Kevin Ball, said:

“As someone who has been involved in training and development, this sort of learning helps with feelings of self-confidence, self-esteem, hope and purpose.

“It often involves interacting with other people and this can increase wellbeing by helping build and strengthen social relationships.

“Adult learning can also support communities to grow and develop, enabling them to have the skills and confidence to shape their own future. It can help local businesses identify and develop the skills they need for today and tomorrow and can increase the employability of individuals.”

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