At the heart of our campaign are our learning ambassadors – take a look below at their inspirational stories.

They have all taken the first step to turn their lives around to build a better future for themselves, their family and their community. Adult learning has been key to each of their success stories and for many a lifeline. Become inspired by clicking on any of the images below to read or watch their story. This is what adult learning can do for you, you can change your story too.

Tarek Zou Alghena

Tarek Zou Alghena fled Syria when civil war broke out in 2011 and came to the UK, less than four years ago to build a…

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Rhiannon Norfolk

Having the opportunity to learn Welsh again was a key factor in Rhiannon Norfolk’s decision to move back to Wales. She inherited her love of…

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Thomas Ferriday

Thomas Ferriday has achieved a Level 3 Brickwork Diploma and now works with Cardiff and Vale College as a technician in the Construction Department where…

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John Spence

John began his learning journey with the Open University in 2010, graduating seven years later with a BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences, an achievement he…

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Jimama Ansumana

Jimama (JJ) was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, in 1995. She lost her entire family during the civil war and was saved by family…

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Owen Roberts

At the age of 10 Owen and his two brothers and two sisters were taken into the care system and found a foster family, with…

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Bernard Boon

Sadly Bernard passed away in January 2020 but he kept learning right until the end. His positive attitude to learning and enthusiasm was infectious, particularly…

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Catrin Pugh

Catrin’s life changed forever in 2013 when she suffered third degree burns to 96% of her body in a coach crash in France, she was…

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Natalie Lintern

Family learning has had a transformational impact on Natalie Lintern and her family. After several abusive relationships and battling drug addiction, she was bringing up…

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Andrea Garvey

Andrea Garvey has always had an ambition to study law – however she became a mum at the age of 16 and by the age…

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Marilyn Llewellyn

Lynnie Llewellyn attends two weekly classes to learn Welsh at Foundation Level 1 & 2 and regularly attends extra day schools and weekend courses to…

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Scott Jenkinson

Ten years ago, Scott Jenkinson was struggling with substance misuse and was homeless. But thanks to adult learning, he has turned his life around. He…

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Rose Probert

Single mum Rose from Pembrokeshire left school without any grade C or above GCSEs but had always dreamt of becoming a Special Needs teacher. She…

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Emily Harding

Emily was driven to return to learning so that she could have the skills to support her little boy, who has additional learning needs. Emily…

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Sam Gardner

Sam always dreamed of becoming a primary school teacher so at the age of 18 he embarked on a BA Honours degree in Education Studies…

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Shafiq Mohammed

Shafiq started studying with the Open University in 2010 and is due to complete his BA (Hons) Humanities in the summer of 2017. His goal…

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Lynda Sullivan

Lynda Sullivan was suffering from agoraphobia and depression in 2001 when a leaflet for adult learning came through her door. ‘For 3 years I barely…

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