Exciting new family learning project in Cornwall receives
£¾ million of Objective One investment
An exciting and innovative Family Learning project which
will see specialist tutors based at Children's Centres
across Cornwall to encourage families to learn together has
been awarded almost £¾million pounds from Objective
The Family Learning Years (FLY) project is a community partnership
project where families learn together and parents and carers
are motivated to take their own learning further. Investment
for the £1.57 million project ( which includes £742,000
from Objective One) has come from the Devon and Cornwall Learning
and Skills Council, the Children's Services Authority,
The Book Trust ( Bookstart Initiative) and the West Cornwall
Primary Care Trust.
The project was officially launched by Terry Lello, the
County Council's Lead Member for Children, Young People
and Families and Nigel Walker, the Executive Member for Adults,
at the Bodriggy Children's Centre in Hayle at 1pm on
Tuesday, January 10th.
Also attending were Dean Ashton, the Director of Children,
Young People and Families; Richard Williams, Head of Family
Services; Morwenna Vernon, Family Learning Development Manager;
Caroline Willis, Children's Centre Area Manager and
John Hall, Head of the Adult Education Service.
The project will be focused on Cornwall's Children's
Centres. The investment will be used to extend existing Family
Learning provision and employ tutors to work with parents
and carers on a one to one basis to encourage them to take
up family learning, and support them to move on to other learning
or vocational opportunities. It will also fund the recruitment
of local Bookstart Co-ordinators to develop the Bookstart
initiative which provides free Bookstart packs for families
with babies and young children.
Cornwall's highly acclaimed Family Learning Unit is
part of Cornwall Adult Education Service and funded by the
Learning and Skills Council. It provides adults and children
with the opportunity to enjoy learning together and develop
new skills and encourages adult members of the family to pursue
further learning. Activities range from fun one day learning
together events, built around themes such as Healthy Eating,
Technology, Sport and Arts and Crafts to 72 hour family literacy
"We currently provide a range of formal and informal
learning opportunities that involve more than one generation,"
explained Morwenna Vernon, Cornwall's Family Learning
Development Manager. "We have been very successful
in encouraging people with few or no qualifications to return
to education, raising educational aspirations for all family
members and encouraging adults to recognise and address basic
skills such as literacy and numeracy.
"This new funding will enable us to place tutors
in every Children's Centre to work with learners on
a one to one basis. In some cases this may involve meeting
with potential learners in their own home, and working with
them until they feel ready to join a group. We will also support
people who have attended our courses to take the next steps
on their learning journeys."
Carleen Kelemen, director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "A very important aim for the Objective One
Programme is to include everyone in Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly on the journey to a better economy. This project
will help people from recognised disadvantaged areas learn,
grow in confidence and also take that one step further into
The project aims to work with approximately 1968 beneficiaries
across Cornwall, including unemployed parents, carers and
wider family members. Services will be delivered from the
Children's Centres that are being set up in Cornwall's
20% most disadvantaged wards.
For further information please contact Patricia Hewitt of
Cornwall County Council on 01208 893318 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Family Learning Years
Projects FLY1 and FLY2 through the European Social Fund (ESF).
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