The Community Learning Campaigners
by Mark Lankshear
At the recent New Deal engagement event
on Ellesmere Green the Messenger met Mick Twigg, one of
the new Community Learning Campaign team. After congratulations
on his new job, I asked Mick what he thought the Campaign was all
"It’s not just about basic skills,
it’s about giving people a chance to get skills that are relevant
to them, to help them achieve what they want to achieve, be it creative
writing or whatever."
So how’s the Campaign going?
Good, we’re just starting out, raising awareness, finding
out what training people want and trying to get organisations like
Sheffield College to provide it. One thing we know is that people
want locally based training. I’ve been in touch with people
on Carwood and we’re trying to get some IT courses going in
the new community centre.
Why did you want to be a Learning
I was working nights at an old people’s home and didn’t
see the ad until the last minute, but it seemed my ideal job. I’d
always wanted to find my way into adult education. I admire the
positive decision and motivation of adults who choose to learn something
new. With this job I can get experience and qualifications as well
seeing the benefits of my work in my own backyard.
How did you end up in Burngreave?
I grew up on the Manor, but there’s been a lot of demolition
there. When our place went, about eleven years ago, I was 20 and
I moved into a flat on Spital Lane. Then I moved to Carwood four
years ago, so I’ve been here most of my adult life. It’s
a great place to live. It annoys me when it gets a bad press, the
media always focus on the negatives, but there’s so much positive
Burngreave Community Learning Campaign
are located in Forum House on Spital Hill and can be contacted on
Visit their new website at http://learning.burngreave.net
Issue 31, May 2003: Sarah
Issue 34, September 2003: Brendan
Issue 35, October 2003: Imran
Issue 36, November 2003: Steph
Issue 37, December 2003: Glenroy