Our newly refurbished, lower ground floor was officially opened on Thursday 26 September by Ann Walker, WEA Director of Education.
‘Thank you so much for making my visit to Leicester so informative and enjoyable’ says Ann.
‘It was great to finally see 101 and very uplifting to see the students at work, celebrating achievement and sharing success. The level of partnership and supportive relationships shone through and it was inspiring to see how people are working together to support each other in all sorts of roles. As ever on such occasions, I was moved by some of the students’ stories behind their awards and by the contributions of volunteers and staff.’
Ann also visited students and staff at one of the 101 Branch’s key community partners, Shama Women’s Centre. She adds, ‘I also enjoyed visiting the sewing class and meeting people there. Their enthusiasm was very evident.’
Below are some pictures of the work by the Improvers’ Asian Dressmaking group who proudly show off their kameez and shalwar:
The room now provides a much needed full size classroom at the 101 Hinckley Road site, plus providing ground floor access. A new lift takes wheelchair users to the upper ground floor to access other facilities at the centre. Going forward, with the increased of laptops and other input devices, the 101 Branch hopes to use the room for both IT, cultural and craft courses.
Finally, many thanks, too, to Helen Salisbury, Deb Walsh, Dorcas Robertson, the centre staff, Branch volunteers, John Swinfield Wells (Chair, WEA Regional Committee) and to everyone else involved. Tutor Ros Taylor aptly sums this up, ‘It was a really uplifting day for everyone and particularly for the students. My 4 students were very gratified to have been invited and getting their certificates was the icing on the cake!’
‘The buffet was delicious and I enjoyed the chance to catch up with old friends.’