Learning centre launched in Cromford

Cromford Learning Centre has officially opened this month.

The centre in Cromford Mill, will provide a range of courses to adults from the local community and throughout Derbyshire.

Specialist facilities are also available for disabled and disadvantaged learners.

The centre has a range of facilities which enable people with disabilities to use computers.

Director Richard Askew, said: “Our staff have over ten years experience delivering courses at the Karten CTEC Centre, and we are all glad to be able to continue helping the community as Cromford Learning.

“We would like to thank the University of Derby who have provided us with considerable support in establishing the business, not least through the donation of the assistive technology equipment.”

Keith Fearn, 68, of Crich, began his relationship with the centre four years ago as a blind student seeking help using computers and the internet. After gaining the skills he needed using the centre’s assistive technology for blind people – which converts the letters that he types on the keyboard into synthesized speech, and a screen reader to read aloud content from the screen to him - Keith now has the confidence and ability to use the internet daily.

He is now one of the Directors of Cromford Learning.

Keith said: “Once I learned how I could use the computer and the internet I began to use it everyday, for organising my walking group, emailing friends and family, and organising holidays away.

“The training that the centre provides for disabled people is marvellous, and benefitted me so much that I wanted to get involved and encourage more people to access this training and get to grips with some new technology.”

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Dean of the University of Derby Buxton said: “We are delighted to see Cromford Learning up and running, ensuring that disadvantaged learners in the area will continue to receive specialist learning support. We wish them all the best for their continued success in the future.”

For more information about Cromford Learning or the courses call the centre on 01629 826285.