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Learn Devon learners raise money for Sports Relief

Posted on: 13 April 2018

During the course of March, 21 adult learners from Devon County Council’s adult education service, Learn Devon took part in a series of sponsored sports activities across West Devon and raised more than £300 for Sports Relief.

The activities included a swim and gym session at Parklands Leisure Centre in Okehampton, a two-hour non-stop multi-sports session at the Quay Leisure Centre in Kingsbridge and a two-hour non-stop exercise class at the Alexander Centre in Tavistock.

The participants ranged in age from 24 – 65 years and have learning difficulties. The sports sessions were an element of their courses, where they worked as a team to plan and organise a group activity.

“We did this because we want people to have the same chances we have,” said Tilly who took part in the exercise bike challenge.

Lee, who also participated in the exercise bike challenge said, “Sports Relief is a good cause. We planned this as a group”

“Raising money and getting people into sports both in this country and in other countries is a good thing,” explained Thomas, who took part in the 2-hour non-stop exercise challenge.

Caroline Ross, tutor to the learners said, “Everyone took part and felt really motivated. It’s a win-win; we raised money for charity, there are a number of learning outcomes for the learners such as how to organise and co-ordinate an event, and we are got some exercise!”

Pictures show:

Image 1 – Learn Devon learners with Chris Lamble, manager of Parklands Leisure Centre in Okehampton

Image 2 – Learn Devon learners at the Alexander Centre in Tavistock with Learn Devon tutor Caroline Ross (right) and Learning Support Assistant Nicola Bennett (left)

Image 3 – Learn Devon learners, with volunteer Liz Raeburn and Jamie Laban, assistant manager of Quay Leisure Centre in Kingsbridge



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Raising funds for charity

Posted on: 9 April 2018

Well done to our Kingsbridge and Tavistock English and maths Matters groups who have received a certificate from Children in Need, after raising funds by staging a series of  bring and buy sales.

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Featured Five: upcoming courses not to miss this month

Posted on: 1 April 2018

Here’s our latest pick of courses starting soon across Devon. These include some great art and craft workshops, as well as some creative writing and photography courses.

If you see something you’d like to do but it’s not on in your area or the times or dates don’t suit you, find more courses using our online search or contact your local centre – if there’s enough interest in your area, they may be able to put on your course.

Spring craft for families

Tavistock Library, Tavistock. Thursday 5 April 10am – 12:30pm

Come along with your children and take part in a range of spring craft activities. Find out more.

Creative writing: fantastic fiction

The Mansion, Totnes. Tuesday 17 April 10:00am – 12noon

This course is a great opportunity to be inspired to write, working alongside like-minded individuals. It’s ideal for writers who like to write fiction or semi autobiographical work . Find out more.

Mixed Media for Beginners

Arts Centre, Bideford. Thursday 19 April 2:00 – 4:30pm

This course is suitable for beginners who would like to explore the different mediums of art and craft. Find out more.

Spring photography matters

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot. Monday 23 April 9:30am – 12noon

This course is for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Come and learn some tips and tricks to improve your photography skills by going out and about in Newton Abbot to look for images of spring. Find out more.

Beautiful Wedding: Create a mood board

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth. Tuesday 24 April 10am – 12noon

Come and learn how to create a mood board for a wedding which will help you decide on the theme, colours, flowers, favours and much more! Find out more.


For more art and craft workshops, photography or creative writing courses, search ‘art and craft’ or ‘digital photography’ or ‘creative writing’ in our online course search.

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April evening and weekend courses

Posted on: 31 March 2018

We have evening or weekend courses in arts and crafts, French and Spanish starting in April – perfect if you work 9 to 5 or have other commitments during the day. Check out what’s on when in the list below.

If you see something you’d like to do, but it’s not on in your area or the times or dates don’t suit you, find more courses using our online search or contact your local centre – if there’s enough interest in your area, they may be able to put on your course.

Evening courses

Dressmaking: Beginners

Arts Centre, Bideford. Mondays 16 April – 21 May 6 – 9pm

This course is suitable for those with little or no knowledge of dressmaking. You will be shown basic methods of dressmaking including use of the sewing machine and stitch types and sizes. Find out more.

French: Beginners 1

Arts Centre, Bideford. Mondays 16 April – 18 June 6:30 – 8:30pm

This is suitable for complete beginners and also for those with some very basic knowledge of French. You will learn and practise simple useful language, such as greetings, ordering food, shopping, directions, numbers, the alphabet, days of the week and dates. Find out more.

Printmaking workshop: Creative monotypes

The Mansion, Totnes. Wednesday 18 April 7 – 9pm

This relaxed workshop introduces you to core printmaking skills to create an endless variety of prints and create one-of-a-kind images. Suitable for all levels. Find out more.

Bookbinding for all

North Tawton Town Hall, North Tawton. Thursdays 19 April – 24 May 6:30 – 8:30pm

This is a relaxed group for those who wish to explore aspects of bookbinding as a creative craft. Find out more.

Pottery: Novice

The Mansion, Totnes. Mondays 23 April – 4 June 7 – 9pm

Come and learn different pottery techniques in a fun and friendly environment. Suitable for complete beginners. Find out more.

Spanish: Beginners plus

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot. Wednesdays 25 April – 20 June 7 – 9pm

This course follows on from our Spanish Beginners course and is for anyone who wants to consolidate their knowledge of basic key phrases and vocabulary and improve their understanding. Find out more.

Weekend courses

Day of Applique

Arts Centre, Bideford. Saturday 21 April 10am – 3:30pm

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with experience. Create unique fabric panels that can be used as wall hangings, cushion covers and home decorations. Find out more.

Watercolours: Spring flowers

Kennway Centre, Exmouth. Saturday 28 April 10am – 4pm

Come along and paint beautiful and delicate spring flowers using watercolour. Find out more.

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Telephones down in Newton Abbot

Posted on: 20 March 2018

Unfortunately all the systems are down at our Newton Abbot hub. This includes the phones and network.

If you need to get in touch please contact our Totnes office , who will be able to help – 01803 862 020

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Learn Devon re-accredited with Matrix

Posted on: 12 March 2018

Following four days of assessment last week, Learn Devon has been re-accredited with the Matrix Mark, which recognises the quality of Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) we provide to our learners.

Some of the positive findings the Assessor highlighted include:

  • We are highly focused on the needs of individual learners
  • We have highly developed partnership working such as JobCentrePlus, Children’s Centres and Housing Aassociations which results in reaching those learners seen as hard to reach
  • Learners value the approach taken, with many instances of improved confidence
  • Learning support is good; not only within traditional additional learning needs but in supporting a range of barriers to learning, including confidence to join sessions
  • The alternative CV, the Magna Vitae, has proven valuable in supporting learners

A sincere thank you to those who met with the assessor and provided open and honest feedback.

As always, we value your feedback. You can contact us at any time to provide feedback. Find out more

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We are all different – Helping our learners

Posted on: 2 March 2018

We understand that joining a course can be a challenge, and like the video says we are all different. Here at Learn Devon, we can support you to enjoy your course and reach your goals.

Ways we can help:

  • We can meet you before a course begins and show you around the centre
  • We can help with financial support for courses
  • We have a range of learning support resources you can use
  • If you need support in class, we have a team of Learning Support Assistants who can work with you
  • If you are on an English or maths course, you can access study and revision sessions and confidence building
  • We can arrange exam support such as extra time or rest breaks

Our learning support team work across the county and are happy to chat through your options and answer any questions. Find out more.




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March evening and weekend courses

Posted on: 1 March 2018

We have evening or weekend courses in arts and crafts, photography and Spanish starting in March – perfect if you work 9 to 5 or have other commitments during the day. Check out what’s on when in the list below.

If you see something you’d like to do, but it’s not on in your area or the times or dates don’t suit you, find more courses using our online search or contact your local centre – if there’s enough interest in your area, they may be able to put on your course.

Evening courses

Pottery Taster: Throwing, turning and glazing

The Mansion, Totnes. Mondays 12 to 26 March 7-9pm

Come and learn to use the potter’s wheel in a fun and friendly environment. Find out more.

Printmaking and Bookbinding for all

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth. Mondays 19 March to 9 April 6:30-8:30pm

This is a course suitable for all levels – develop a range of skills used by Printmaker’s and Bookbinder’s. Find out more.

Weekend courses

Digital Photography: See, create and develop

The Watermark, Ivybridge. Saturday 10 March 10am-3:30pm

A chance to develop your photography skills and be creative with your camera. This 5-hour long workshop is ideal for relative beginners or those with a bit of experience in photography. Find out more.

Spanish for Beginners

Ivybridge Town Hall, Ivybridge. Saturdays 17 March to 21 April 9:30-11:30am

Have you always wanted to learn Spanish? This course is for anyone who has attended a short Introduction to Spanish course or those who have a little basic knowledge. Find out more.

Have a go at Pottery

Arts Centre, Bideford. Saturday 24 March 10am-3:30pm

This course is for beginners who want to try it out and see what they can make. You will explore slab building, casting and throwing techniques. Find out more.


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Eggciting Easter Activities

Posted on: 1 March 2018

Easter is fast approaching and we have a great range of Easter-theme craft workshops taking place this month:

A day of textiles with an Easter twist

Arts Centre, Bideford. Saturday 17 March 10am – 3:30pm

Using different textile techniques transform recycled and sustainable materials and fabrics into innovative designs to use in clothing, bags, scarves or interior decor items. Find out more.

Get Creative for Easter

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth. Saturday 17 March 10am – 4pm

An exciting creative day, with lunch included, to explore basic sewing skills to create personalised gift-bags. Find out more.

Easter Crafts

Arts Centre, Bideford. Saturday 17 March 10am – 12noon

This workshop is ideal for families to have fun together while learning new skills and making a spring time wreath and/or bunting. Find out more.

Easter Craft Matters

For adults with learning difficulties – an opportunity to make Easter decorations and useful gifts.
Retford Meadow, Kingsbridge. Tuesday 27 March 1-3:30pm
Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot. Wednesday 28 March 1-3pm

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Magna Vitae – an honest CV

Posted on: 22 February 2018

The Magna Vitae (MV) is an alternative CV for people with significant gaps in their employment history. The layout gives people the opportunity to move on from their past and focus upon their future. Gaps in employment are explained honestly and difficult life experiences openly shared.

The project began 18 months ago and is currently running in Exeter, Portsmouth and Wiltshire. Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon County Council, the prison service, JobCentre Plus and 16 other potential employers have expressed an interest in learning more.

One of our learners said “I rang up about a job on Tuesday, had a chat with the manager. I then took in my MV and a cover letter the next morning. Then Wednesday afternoon she calls me and asked if I could go in for a interview on Thursday. So I said yes. The interview went ok, answered all the questions, she then offered me the job. I still can’t believe it! I feel a bit shell shocked. The job is for a kitchen assistant in a residential home. It would only take me 15 mins to walk there. Now I’m so nervous, this is such a huge thing. Anyway I wanted to let you know that also she (the manager) was very impressed with the MV. She thought it was a brilliant idea. Said she hadn’t seen one before but was a brilliant way of introducing yourself. She was very impressed. So thank you for helping me with the MV.”

A short video clip explains how the Magna Vitae works and an example MV can be found here.

If you would like more information about MVs, please contact your local centre.

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