Cheshire West and Chester Council
Community Learning Champions can make a real impact when they are well equipped and supported following their training. In Cheshire West and Chester this includes Basic Skills, Information, Advice and Guidance and other courses, volunteering opportunities and a residential weekend to build team working. Their professionalism and profile is raised through the use of business cards, personalised diaries (which help with data collection for monitoring) and exhibition boards. They also use digital technology and social networking to promote learning.
Abby Green says: “Becoming a CLC gave me the confidence to realise that I had leadership qualities and, since completing my training, I have organised a number of community events concentrating on family learning and early years education.” She has worked with local schools, the library and the town council to organise events and is now involved in a project to promote rural courses and conservation. “The CLC experience and networking potential has maximised my prospects in the job market and helped me to help people in my local area achieve their full potential.”