Voluntary Centre Services are part of a group that organise an event called Give it a Go. The group comprises of Work-based Learning Advocates (WLA) Network members and the WLA network in Lincolnshire is one of the strongest in the country. It exists to promote and develop the concept of learning in all its forms, providing information, advice and guidance in the workplace delivered by specially trained, volunteer staff. The message they convey is simple: learning takes place in almost every setting be it at work, socially or via a more formal route. Every time we interact with others we are learning from and also possibly imparting knowledge to in a two-way exchange.
The success of the Lincolnshire WLA network was recognised by an award by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), the national organisation for adult learning in England and Wales. It improves the quality and breadth of opportunities for all adults to learn, so they can benefit from learning throughout their lives. The award included £500 to further support and develop adult learning in the county. After much thought, the WLA members decided that the money should be used to raise awareness of the range of learning opportunities by staging an event during Adult Learners’ Week and thus “Give it a go” day was born!
We held our first Give it a Go event in June last year and over 220 people attended. Throughout the day, attendees were able to take part in activities and taster sessions, as well as find out more information on how they could get involved in learning, not matter how informal. As it was such as successful event we have decided to host another one, this time on Thursday 9th July, from 10am until 4pm at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. As the date isn’t around Adult Learner’s Festival (it now takes place over 6 weeks rather than 1), we have opened up the age bracket to include anyone from Year 9’s and upward. This means we will have lots more people attending throughout the day, with schools currently being contacted about attending. We have a dedicated building at BG that will house the event and there will be a massive range of opportunities on hand, around the following themes:
- Health / Wellbeing
- Volunteering (especially micro-volunteering)
More themes may well come out, as there are some activities that may not fit these categories, but it gives you an idea of the wealth of choice that’ll be available on the day.