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Get Inspired by Learners’ Stories

Learning has the power to transform lives by helping people to achieve their ambitions whether personal, family or for employment reasons.

It provides people with rich and diverse experiences that change lives and transform communities.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and together we work to make every learner’s journey an exciting and fulfilling one.  Many of our tutors delivering these courses continue to work in their professions and bring with them up-to-date skills and knowledge.

Many of the programmes on offer are within the Idea Stores themselves.  This unique partnership provides learners with an opportunity to access an extensive range of free resources, from online learning material to books and free activities to inspire them.

Our learners rate our service as outstanding and tell us that their experience of learning with us is excellent.

We are proud of all that our learners achieve and we hope that the learners you meet here will inspire you to join our community of learning.

Judith St John
Head of Idea Store Learning


Adult Learners Week

Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of lifelong learning, including the Adult Learners’ Week awards.

Idea Store Learning encourages the celebration of learners’ achievements, some of which are captured in stories within the Adult Learners Week booklets below

If you feel inspired to learn then consider enrolling onto one or more of our 900 programmes in the Idea Store Learning Course Guide for 2015-16.

Adult Learners’ Week 2015



Nurun Nahar Zorna Hoque
Learning in Families and Communities National ALW Award Winner 2014

Nurun’s full name is Nurun Nahar Zorna-Hoque and she has progressed over the last few years through being a learner, a working mother and Learner Volunteer at the Idea Store, Tower Hamlets; to studying social care full-time and hosting community events.

Nurun’s journey started with participating in a family learning programme at her children’s school to develop her English and other skills and help her children with their homework. She went on to do more courses at the Idea Store which developed her language skills and confidence and helped her to gain part-time employment. She continued developing her English, maths and then IT to gain qualifications and volunteer at the Idea Store supporting other learners.

She is now doing a health and social care course at college and participating in a community programme to host ‘women only’ events locally. She is proud to have inspired others to engage with adult learning, to which she attributes her success at improving her quality of life and that of her family and community.

Nurun’s Stories of Resilience.

Adult Learners’ Week 2014