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Family History Learning Event on 11 December

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The Shropshire Heirloom Project is holding a ‘Family History Learning Event’ at The Gateway, Chester Street, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 11 December 2012 from 10am to midday. 

Anyone involved with family or local history learning is welcome to attend and find out about new and creative ways to support learners with such projects.

There will be an opportunity to find out more about the Shropshire Heirloom Project, which is taking place in four locations in Shropshire, as well as hear from speakers from the Shropshire Family History Society and the Bishop’s Castle Oral History project. 

Joan Mowl from Beechtree Community Centre, who is the lead partner, said:

“The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  It will be a great opportunity to find out about family history research, as well as share ideas and hear personal stories from both tutors and learners.” 

The Shropshire Heirloom Project is funded by the Community Learning Innovation Fund from the Skills Funding Agency, is managed by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, and will contribute to the Government’s objectives for community learning. 

It aims to widen participation and increase IT skills of rural residents in Shropshire, particularly older people and people with disabilities, who may need support to access the Internet.  The project is looking to recruit learners, volunteers and tutors to share ideas and experiences via networks created online. 

To find out more information or to book your place please contact Joan Mowl on 01948 666612, joan@btcc.org.uk.               

Further information

For more information about the Community Learning Innovation Fund please visit www.niace.org.uk/clif

  1. The following themes are important strands in Community Learning Innovation Fund activity:
  • Widening participation and transforming people’s destinies by supporting learning and progression in the broadest sense for adults, especially those who are most disadvantaged and least likely to participate in learning
  • Promoting social renewal and developing stronger communities with more self-sufficient, connected and pro-active citizens
  • Maximising the benefit and impact of community learning on the social and economic well-being of individuals, families and communities
  • Including effective strategies to ensure that the work and its impact can be sustained when project funding comes to an end
  • Aligning with the work of emerging Community Learning Trusts – a distinct but complementary initiative. 

2.  Community Learning is an umbrella term describing a broad range of learning that brings together adults, often of different ages and backgrounds, to pursue an interest, address a need, acquire a new skill, become healthier or learn how to support their children.  It is usually unaccredited.  It can be undertaken for its own sake or as a step towards other learning.  It includes structured adult education courses taught by professionally qualified teachers, independent study online and self-organised study groups.  It may happen in personal time or work time and be delivered by providers in the public, private or third sectors, or organised by people for themselves through the many groups, clubs and societies where people get together to learn.

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