Learning Curve was set up as a project within Yorebridge Sport and Leisure Centre in 2016 to provide adult learning activities for the local community.
To develop the project we were fortunate to receive funding from Richmondshire District Council; the Millennium Trust ‘Roger Stott Community Grant’; and North Yorkshire County Council ‘Stronger Communities Fund’ and ‘Locality Budget Fund’. We are also grateful to Milners of Leyburn who kindly donated the blinds for the classroom.
We have been running sessions since 2016 and have provided a huge variety of classes including computer and ipad; watercolour and art; languages; photography; family history; pottery; wildflower walk and talk; mental health and well being; local history; red cross; map reading; card making; social media; Christmas crafts; jewellery making and other craft workshops; and even sheepdog training! We have also held talks on such diverse subject areas as Brexit; Local Transport; the NHS; and Plastic Pollution.
Students attending the regular watercolour classes with Moira Metcalfe were so inspired that when she moved away from the area, some of them decided to continue themselves as a peer led ‘Experimental Art ‘ group. This now takes place each Thursday morning from 10.30am-1pm. We have also been fortunate to have a few of these sessions run by guest tutors who are local experienced artists.
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