Paul Cliffe who works for POA learning has been supporting learning in Doncaster and its surrounding areas for a number of years. Over this time, he has met lots of different learners but every now and then someone stands out:
Jayne Lane attended one of POA Learning’s community learning events where she signed up for the Dementia Awareness distance learning level 2 course, a course Paul personally suggested after a discussion with her, it was a course that had been really helpful to Paul when caring for his Grandparents who sadly suffered with dementia.
On completion of the Dementia Awareness course, Jayne has gone on to complete many other courses including, Autism Awareness, Mental Health in Adults and Mental Health in children and young people.
Jayne said “I’ve found them very useful when working in the (family) hub as we often come across families who may be experiencing problems with their Mental Health, so it’s been invaluable to have an understanding and awareness to be able to support those people”.
“On a personal level the Autism study helped me understand the behaviour of my 17-year-old Autistic nephew and how I could adapt things to enable him to join in. I have encouraged lots of our hub users to enrol and complete the POA courses and one lady has completed a few courses and become one of our Parent Champions”.
Jayne has become so passionate about learning and education that her employers created a new job role for her to promote and engage with people in the community, as a Community Learning Champion.
One of the learners that Jayne helped is Tina:
Tina first met Jayne Lane, who is one of the Early Years Development Workers, when attending Bentley Family Hub a couple of years ago with her daughter. Jayne helped Tina to enrol onto a distance learning course, she chose to do the level 2 in Understanding Autism, and completed the course in just two months. Tina then moved on to the dementia awareness course and found that she absolutely loves studying.
Tina said “that she would recommend others to take advantage of the free adult education that POA Learning offer”.
She also commented, “I have studied the level 2 in autism course as my son is autistic, I wanted to understand how life is for my son and decided this would give me a better understanding. I have really enjoyed the course and I feel that it has helped me to understand my son”.
Tina has now become a Parent Champion and is promoting how great adult education is.
Jayne has recently moved to a new role after a promotion at work and POA Learning wishes her all the best in her new role.