WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

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About Us

We offer learners a range of courses which lead to the development of new skills, improved personal achievement and positive outcomes. After learning with us, you can move on to further study, qualifications, jobs and volunteering.

Family and Community Learning includes a range of online and community-based courses designed to help people of different ages and backgrounds to:

  • Gain a new skill
  • Reconnect with learning
  • Prepare to progress to formal courses
  • Learn how to support their children better

Below you can find out more about the team!

Management

I have managed the Family and Community Learning team for 5 years. My role is varied and keeps me busy but broadly speaking includes contract and performance management as well as oversight of quality and compliance. I am passionate about empowering members of Wiltshire communities to lead their best lives and achieve personal goals and aspirations. The best part of my job is hearing about the positive impact our courses have on learners and the progress they have made in their time with us.

As Business Development Manager, my role involves working with the team so that we can share what we do to a wide range of partner organisations, colleagues and learners.  I am responsible for partnership engagement, curriculum planning and timetabling, and ensuring that we reach as many learners as we can.  I really enjoy my job, especially meeting learners, and bringing together plans with partners so that we can help adults across Wiltshire to benefit by stepping back into learning.

Tutors

After a career in primary school teaching, it is great to be empowering parents to support their own wellbeing so that they feel strong enough to do the best for their children and family. I learn so much from our learners and know that they feel the same about their discussions with each other and the courses they attend.

I love my job as a tutor with Family and Community Learning! It is a privilege to work with such a wonderful array of people from whom I can learn so much. I have over thirty years’ experience in teaching and specialise in delivering both our English and Confidence/Wellbeing courses. At FaCL we place great emphasis on supporting the whole person and this matches exactly with my personal ethos. Hope to meet you soon!

Since joining the team in 2005, I have met and worked with many learners who have gone on to achieve their aspirations. I focus heavily on Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance to support learners on their journey with us and beyond. They inspire me on a daily basis and I love working with them. I previously worked at The International School of South Africa where I set up their first ESOL Department after achieving a degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I am also focused on the Green Agenda and took up the challenge of being the Green Champion for the team in the 23/24 academic year.

 

What I love about my job is watching my learners grow in confidence as they gradually believe that they can do things they never thought they could.  For many of our learners, returning to any type of education is terrifying and I feel privileged that they choose our service to be their first step back into learning.

As the wife of a member of the Armed Forces, I realised that I needed to find an enjoyable and rewarding career that I could move around on my many postings. I decided to re-train and have now been teaching for 20 years. My learners have included adults with learning disabilities, sensory impairments, mental health issues and job seekers.  I have developed and delivered a wide range of both accredited and non- accredited courses and units. These have ranged from entry 2 to level 2 in a wide range of subjects, including English, mathematics, assertiveness and employability.

I consider myself to be a highly reflective practitioner and genuinely believe that education delivered within the community can change people’s lives.

My spare time is taken up mainly with my five grandchildren and walking my Cairn terrier Esme.

I joined the team in 2017 and have been teaching a range of subjects including English, maths and employability skills. I am dedicated to ensuring that all learners achieve their potential by offering a learning experience that is informative, challenging and engaging. What gives me the greatest satisfaction is seeing learners enjoying their learning experience and realising that their lives can and will improve.

Business Development Team

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I have been in the Family and Community Learning team since 2008 – and I absolutely love my job and working with such a super team!

Within Family and Community Learning, I manage the Business Development Team to ensure that the courses we offer meet our learners’ needs, and I work closely with partner organisations so that we can reach learners all across Wiltshire.  I love talking about who we are and what we do!  My motivation is that that our work makes a real difference in our learners’ lives.

I am the Family and Community Learning Funding and Compliance Co-ordinator, which means ‘I’m the one in the office’ who records all courses and enrolments to upload to the government on a monthly basis.  My work is definitely “behind the scenes” but integral to the team.

I’m the senior admin coordinator and I provide administrative support to the team. I must ensure that I am well organised and have good time management skills to ensure all our learners get contacted on time about their upcoming courses. I also make sure that their online learning platform is set up ready for their online learning journey to start. I provide administrative support to the team, and help ensure that our learners are prepared for the start of their journey with us.

I am a Training Advisor. I support learners to access our courses. I also work with partner organisations such as schools, charities and children’s centres to reach our learners and promote our courses. I love finding the right learners for the right courses, knowing the benefit our courses can bring.

I enjoy my role as advising potential and existing learners about how they can improve their lives by joining a suitable course. I like to understand what else there is out there for learners. I love the challenge of searching for the right opportunities. I value and trust those who I work with. It’s fab to learn about how our courses, and progression to other courses, changes lives. Every day is different and every person is different. That’s something to celebrate!

I am a Training Advisor who supports learners to find their right path with our courses. I connect with other partner organisations like schools and children’s centres to help learners to discover how our courses can help them.

Governors

Lead Commissioner at Wiltshire Council.

I have been in the education sector for over 20 years. Working with various organisations including colleges in Bristol, Cardiff and Newbury, and held senior level posts in both national and local independent training providers.

I have a strong background in work based learning, particularly around Apprenticeship and ESF funded programmes. Currently I work closely with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s) in the region and sit on the strategic skills boards.

Additionally, I am the Co-ordinator for the ASK Apprenticeship Programme in Wiltshire, raising awareness of apprenticeships to year 10 – 13 school pupils.

Chair, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Partnership Manager

Head of Service: Targeted Education (Interim)  Wiltshire Council

Family and Community Learning Tutor.

Staff Governor.

Wiltshire Councillor for The Lavingtons.

Cabinet Member for Environment & Waste

Wiltshire Councillor for Fovant and Chalke Valley.

Portfolio Holder for Education and Skills.

Family and Community Learning Manager at Wiltshire Council. 

Staff Governor.

Service Manager – Development

Leisure, Culture and Communities, Wiltshire Council

Family and Community Learning Business Development Manager – Staff Governor.

Learner.

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