Lifelong learners show off their achievements

24 June 2015

On Tuesday 16 June staff and learners at Norwood's Annie Lawson Centre in Crowthorne, Berkshire threw open their doors to welcome visitors as part of a series of events celebrating Adult Learners’ Week 2015.

The Annie Lawson Centre holds 26 courses a term for adults with learning disabilities, ranging from art to gardening, computers to cookery. Each course is designed to meet people's individual needs and help them to become more independent, as well giving them the chance to learn something new and have fun.

Staff offered 'taster sessions' throughout the day, and learners proudly displayed their artwork, craft and the plants they’d grown.

Christopher Maskell, who has been coming to the Centre to take part in Norwood’s Life Long Learning activities for more than eight years, was keen to show new learners around. His parents Alfred and Jackie said:

"When he first came here he was very shy. Now he's come out of his shell. He's much more sociable because of all the different sessions he goes to, he got to know lots of different people. He's done a bit of everything – from art and music to pottery. He loves doing gardening – they've grown herbs and even cooked with them! It's a real family here."