WHEN Bill Pullen joined the Out There Project, little did he know that it would end up saving his life.
The 62-year-old had found himself homeless and out of work.
So he got in touch with the project at the Nimrod Community Centre in Gosport and took on the first aid course.
Months later, he found himself recognising the symptoms of a heart attack and called for an ambulance.
He said: ‘I would recommend the first aid course because it saved my life.
‘I had chronic pains in my chest.
‘With the first aid course I was told the symptoms of a heart attack.
‘I thought it was quite familiar.’
Bill, from Gosport, also took on reading, writing and computer courses.
He now has a job working in the bakery department at Tesco in Forton Road.
He added: ‘It’s brought me out of my shell. I have managed to get my finances up to date. It’s helped me in so many ways.’
The project is funded by Hampshire Learning in collaboration with St Vincent College and provides courses for those wanting to extend their basic skills.
Courses on offer include basic keyboard and internet skills, buying and selling on eBay and introduction to Microsoft Word.
Between 2012 and 2013, the project had 2,437 learners.
Sue Lacovou is manager of the scheme.
She said: ‘We wanted to raise awareness of what we offer and the importance of adult education in the community.
‘We’re looking to enhance their self-confidence and self esteem and help people lead healthier lives as well as generating new skills.
‘It’s not just about skills and education, it’s about the social interaction.’
It comes as Adult Learners’ Week is celebrated all this week.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage paid a visit.
She said: ‘It’s a friendly and informal environment has helped numerous adults in the Gosport area to break down the barriers which previously discouraged them from engaging in education.’
To find out more visit stvincent.ac.uk, call (023) 9252 5704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.