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NAGLV: Silver Jewellery and Stained Glass

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The group consisted of two groups from the Edinburgh City Council Adult Education Programme taking part in a ten-week programme – Silver Jewellery Making and Stained Glass (intermediate). These are two separate groups meeting in the same large room at the same time, each with their own tutor.  The group is made up mainly of retired adults and many of the participants were continuing from previous sessions moving from introductory to intermediate skill level, although there were some new participants. Learners mainly worked on their own projects supported by the tutor on a one-to-one basis. The group also appeared to support each other in their projects and share ideas and expertise.

The key views of the learners were that:

  • Learning a new skill and enjoying learning are very important but the social side to learning also featured strongly in responses.
  • One lifelong learner was keen to impress that it is never too late to learn, as at the age of 78 she is still learning new things.
  • As both of these groups were creative groups, they enjoyed making things for themselves and valued having protected time to do that.
  • Better venues would be something that would help access. The group had fairly recently been moved to the current premises, which is not as suitable as the one they were in previously.
  • Not everyone has access to the Internet, so it is important to have information about learning available in a variety of formats.
  • There was a view that, for consultation with learners, Survey Monkey had limited reach.
  • It was felt that barriers include availability of crèches and cost. These factors may prevent potential learners getting involved.

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