Lisa Rowlands, Winner of Inspire! Older Learner Award


Job seeker and mother of two teenagers, Lisa Rowlands from Wrexham, struggled to find work after her marriage had broken down, and so she decided to go back to education.

Lisa began with community learning through our Wrexham partnership project, the Caia Park Partnership. Since then she has gone on to sign-up for adult literacy classes with Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales to improve her own skills and help her to support her children. She also completed an access course and is now planning to study towards a degree with the Open University.

Lisa’s learning has already made a huge difference to her life. The middle child, with two very clever brothers, she had always “hated” school but now has a very different attitude to learning. One of her favourite courses - Essential Skills English - has enabled her to help her children’s learning. And when her teenage children saw Lisa doing her studies, they started to take more care with their own homework.

Now aged 52, the kitchen assistant and cleaner has ambitions to do community work and even adult tutoring in the future.

Carol Hughes, Lisa’s tutor said, “Lisa’s dedication to her studies is exemplary. Despite having many other calls on her time, Lisa attended classes diligently and as well as applying herself to her own work, she has always been encouraging and motivating to other students, and a welcome addition to any study group she joins. I think she would make a great adult tutor”

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