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Travelling To Training

Further Education News (London, UK) , July 21, 2005


In Cheshire and Warrington, learners who were previously thought to be unreachable are gaining invaluable skills thanks to a new, innovative approach to training.

Tutors from South Cheshire and Mid Cheshire College are working with outreach workers, community liaison officers and support organizations to gain access to the ‘Traveller’ community.

"This partnership approach has been vital to overcome the community's suspicion of outsiders and help us gain their trust and confidence", added Mid Cheshire College tutor, Marjorie Hallsworth.

Recognising the power and potential of storytelling as a route to improved literacy and communication skills, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), BBC, NIACE and voluntary and community organisations, set up the project as an alternative to more traditional styles currently failing to attract people from marginalised groups.

The ‘Tell Us Your Story’ project uses the age-old custom of storytelling to deliver an informal, creative and flexible project that is attracting adults from traditionally hard to reach groups, such as travelers and those with mental health problems.

Subjects Covered: education

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