The Mayor of Swindon officially opened new offices used by Learning for Life at Basepoint Business Centre in Westlea on 20 November.
He, with South Swindon MP Anne Snelgrove, met tutors and users and learnt about the range of courses for disabled adults and carers including lone parents.
The organisation is possibly the only one in the country which provides training, education and personal development opportunities for adults with a range disabilities, whether it be physical and/or social anxiety, depression, self harm or the results of abuse.
Courses range from communication skills, using numbers in everyday life, introduction to the internet and email, life skills, stress management and relaxation, counselling, improving personal effectiveness, learning to relax with arts and crafts, tai chi and pain relief.
L4L manager Nalni Sorr said, “each person’s needs are identified and then addressed in a holistic and friendly atmosphere. Many potential clients perhaps don’t recognise that we can create an individual programme to suit them. Learning for Life is about empowerment – giving people the skills to develop and move on.”
Tutor and psychologist Alan MacGregor said, “people are valued for who they are. Learning for Life is not about treating symptoms or meeting targets. It’s about dealing with the whole person and working together positively to move forward in their learning.
“The mutual support amongst the learners is remarkable. People arrive cowering in the corner and leave with heads held high.”
Anne Snelgrove said, “Lights for Learning is a revelation both in its location at Basepoint, and the passion tutors and learners have about progressing and achieving the best they possibly can.”
Bruce Clarke said he was very impressed by the way Learning for Life had set up at Basepoint. “When I was manager of the Swindon Learning Partnership with the borough council we were able to make a major investment in learning for people with disabilities. This is an excellent example of how the independent voluntary sector can deliver imaginative, innovative learning initiatives.”