THE achievements of adult learners were celebrated at an event in St Helens.

The event acknowledged the dedication of learners who have taken positive steps to enrich their lives and others by gaining qualifications and skills to improve job prospects, support their community and improve their quality of life.

The event was organised by St Helens Council’s Adult and Community Learning (ACL) service as part of the National Festival of Learning.

Cllr Anthony Burns, cabinet member for community based and focused services, presented certificates to learners on the night, including those who had gained qualifications in a wide range of subjects including digital skills, maths, English and teaching assistant courses.

Cllr Burns said: “It was fascinating to hear so many inspiring stories of people overcoming personal challenges in order to get to where they are today.

“From using a computer for the first time and facing up to a fear of maths – to travelling half way across the world to find a safe place to bring up their families while developing and progressing their English communication skills.

“These people have proved that nothing should stand in your way in order to find a happier you – and ACL staff deserve a special mention for their hard work and dedication to help learners flourish in confidence.”