Refresh 2 Impress is a bespoke 3-day course designed by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College tailored for learners over 50 years of age. More than 300 adults have benefited from the opportunities this learning presents.
The course, based around a functional skills maths qualification, offers a safe, caring, fun and interactive learning environment.
A variety of practical taster sessions, such as yoga, robotics, first aid and mindfulness are combined with the maths learning to broaden the learners’ experiences and motivate them to further learning. Many of the learners find attending the course counteracts feelings of loneliness and makes them feel valued members of society.
The course has a very high success rate, with almost all learners passing the maths qualification and 50% returning to attend higher level courses. One learner has advanced onto an art degree.
The college has developed an ambassador scheme to encourage older learners to mix with more younger students. The ambassadors can volunteer at the college and use their skills to support other learners.
In 2017, Refresh 2 Impress expanded its programme to include an English qualification and courses such as cookery, DIY, and cyber security.
Sarah, Business Development Manager at the college said, “The college has seen an increase in part-time adult learners as a result of the course”.
“I would tell anyone, go and learn something, it’s brilliant. I kept discovering things, I’m 86 and I’m like a new kid! I loved it, absolutely loved it!” said learner, Alfreda.
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