Learning Centre ‘Is so important for the community to have’

PAGE TURNER Lorraine Plant, left, of the Learning Place in Portsmouth works with mum Samantha Chivers as she helps her son Rhywith his reading
PAGE TURNER Lorraine Plant, left, of the Learning Place in Portsmouth works with mum Samantha Chivers as she helps her son Rhywith his reading

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THE Learning Place, I have been told by the council, might escape closure but have its budget cut at a meeting tomorrow.

It’s a place where I’ve done numerous courses, like cake decorating, Christmas gift making, and I’ve done a computer course.

And now I have English and Maths qualifications that are equivalent to GCSE grades A to C.

I got involved when the family learning team came to my son’s school, Charles Dickens Infants, and they did an arts and crafts taster, and asked if anyone would be interested in getting their English and Maths qualifications.

They also did something with Portsmouth Museum’s Tale of One City where we learnt all about Portsmouth history.

Since joining the Learning Place my confidence has shot up.

Before I would just pick my son up from school, and go home and that’d be it.

But now I am talking to councillors, organising petitions, and I’ve got a large group of friends where before I didn’t at all.

It would be a real shame if the council had to cut its services, because you see so many different people at the Learning Place in North End – older people learning how to use computers, or people who can’t speak English very well learning the language.

It’s a brilliant place.

Not everyone can afford to put themselves on courses, and the Learning Place needs to be there for them.

It is so good for the community and the people who run it are lovely.

Before I didn’t have English and Maths, and now I do I can go out and get a better job.

It is so important to have it here.