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Free online talks offer opportunity to develop or discover new skills

Chichester College is offering people the chance to learn something new and experience unique opportunities with a series of free online talks this month.




Monday, June 22, marks the start of a series of sessions arranged as part of the Festival of Learning, a national celebration of lifelong learning organised by the Learning and Work Institute.




The aim of the Festival of Learning is to encourage local communities to take part in activities that raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities and resources available for adults looking to continue, or resume, their education.




The free talks cover a wide range of inspiring subjects, designed to help people to learn new skills and techniques that they can apply to their personal and professional lives.




These include digital marketing and investing in yourself, as well as tutored chocolate ‘tasting’. There will also be talks on dementia and Chichester Pride.


The programme has been developed with Chichester-based entertainer and event organiser Dawn Gracie, and the speakers are all giving their time for free.

Helen Loftus, vice principal at Chichester College, said: “We are very excited to once again be a part of the Festival of Learning again this year and to be working with Dawn to deliver a really exciting series of talks.


“This year’s programme is a little different, as we move online for these talks, but it has been fantastic to see so many local people willing to donate their time to help inspire people to learn – it’s thanks to them that we can run these sessions for our community.


“There are some really interesting sessions taking place each day and we look forward to joining those who sign up to explore some new opportunities. Hopefully this will be a great way for people to kick-start their learning journey.”




Dawn Gracie, festival coordinator, added: “It’s been a pleasure to organise the festival speaker schedule again, giving a platform to topics and subjects which I know will be of huge interest to those who tune in.




“The talks are usually held at the college but this year we find ourselves in front of the camera, presenting online, which will allow a far wider audience to enjoy and access the festival. I’m very excited for all the speakers and some of them have never presented online, so it’ll be a learning experience all round!”




For information about the online sessions and to book a place,  visit:



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