Adult learner festival held in Naas

Members of Curragh Pride Family Resource Centre.

Members of Curragh Pride Family Resource Centre.

A large crowd attended the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) Aontas Adult Learners Festival in Naas recently.

The event was held at Naas Community Centre on Monday evening, February 24, and was organised by the county’s Community Education Service.

A fantastic display of learning achievements and opportunities was showcased on the night by groups from around the county. Groups participating included Teach Dara Men’s group in Kildare Town, Athy Women’s Activity Group, Creative Explosion from Cellbridge, Healthy Heart programme offered by the HSE, Curragh Pride Family Resource Centre, Ellen L group from Celbridge, Kildare Traveller Action, Community Effect Programme offered by Age and Opportunity and a photography exhibition from a recent class organised by the Community Education Service in Jigginstown, Naas.

The showcase include a display of materials produced by these groups including jewellery making, arts and crafts, healthy eating materials, photography, committee skills, personal development, video and a demonstration of chair yoga from users of Platinum Clubhouse who finished their demonstration with a lion’s roar! Much of the fun on the night was expertly captured by members of Naas Photography Group who volunteered to act as the paparazzi for the evening,

Emcee for the night Conor O’Leary introduced a range of speakers KWETB, including Susan Cullinane, Community Education Facilitator, Des Murtagh, Adult Education Officer and the Chairman of the board of KWETB, Michael Lawlor.

A special theme on the night was funding and this was addressed by the special guest speaker, Jordan Campbell, Programmes Manager with The Ireland Funds. She highlighted their upcoming funding schemes and also best practice for groups applying for funding.

If you wish to find out more about the Community Education Service, contact the ABCE Centre, Jigginstown, Naas at 045-881863 or




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