Hitting the right note with new adult education programme

Singing for Men, Lip Reading and Hill Navigation are just some of the exciting new courses up for grabs in the City of Edinburgh Council’s latest adult education programme.

People are being urged to sign up for the classes over the autumn and winter as some are already full with three weeks to go - there are though plenty of spaces left in others.

With day, evening and weekend courses on offer there is a variety of subjects including art, computing, health, Scottish politics, languages, fitness, genealogy, crafts, yoga, belly dancing, wine appreciation, or stain glass making.

Councillor Cathy Fullerton, Vice-Convener for Education, Children and Families said: “Every year, thousands of people of all ages and in all areas of the city take part in our adult education classes. Learning should always be enjoyable, and we hope that this programme will inspire people to learn something new or in more depth.

“There are many stimulating, creative and challenging courses and opportunities to suit a wide range of interests, purposes and abilities. This is the chance to learn a new language, play a musical instrument, find out more about Scottish literature or learn a new skill such as wood carving or creative writing.

 "I would advise anyone who has some time to spare over the coming autumn and winter to look into what's on offer and to book a place sooner rather than later."

There are also a number of Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) at Higher and Unit levels being run by Edinburgh College. These can be taken as formal qualifications for work, college or university or simply for personal development or interest.

Courses start on 23 September except Highers which begin on 03 September. Enrolments are underway and people can check availability on www.edinburgh.gov.uk/adultcourses

Postal applications have now closed but personal applications can be accepted by going to the South Bridge Resource Centre, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh on Wednesday 4 September (2pm to 7pm) and Thursday 5 September (10am to 3pm). Alternatively people can phone on 0131 469 3345 on Monday 9 September (10am to 7pm).

There are also a wide range of courses being offered by the Council’s Community High Schools. These can only be booked through the relevant school.

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