Take three: People who have changed their story with adult learning
As this year’s Adult Learners’ Week approaches, we talk to three individuals who explain how their lives have been improved through the learning choices they’ve made. These people hope that their stories will inspire others to think about learning something new, and make the most of the Adult Learners’ Week opportunities to take the next step. Let’s see what they have to say… Leah James Leah has suffered with ill-health since she was a young girl. Living with serious health conditions meant that she feared daily life. Leah said: “I gained support to move into a bungalow that was built for me, to help with my health conditions. I worked closely with Rhondda Housing Association Community Development Team, who invited me to get involved in a health initiative called ‘Strive & Thrive’. My self-esteem was at an all-time low and I couldn’t even walk to the end of the street, let alone take part in physical activity. But I knew if I didn’t try I would regret it for the rest of my life.” Leah began taking part in the group, doing exercise, including yoga, walking and rugby and says this was the turning point she needed. “Taking part in the activities was amazing – my confidence was improving day-to-day and seeing my health improve gave me the push I needed to see what else I could achieve.” Leah progressed to become a mentor for ‘Strive & Thrive’ and in 2018 Leah applied to Cardiff Met University to study a Youth and Community Work Degree. Following an interview, Leah was accepted onto the course. She said: “Five years ago, I never would have ever imagined that I am where I am now! Going to uni was tough with my health conditions, but I received great support, and I’ve even managed to get a permanent part-time job as a youth worker at Valleys Kids. It has been the best thing that I’ve ever done.” Darllenwch yr erthygl lawn yma here.