It's time to learn a new skill or join a new group
NOW is the time of year to learn a new skill or to join a new group.
Adult education courses are run by many organisations and cover subjects as diverse as IT, crafts, languages or accounts.
You can learn a sport or join a Women's Institute (WI) group.
Most groups will accept visitors if you want to try it out before joining.
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The WI aims to interest anyone and a typical meeting consists of a speaker on a topic of interest, a time for socialising and a short business meeting. Guests can skip the business bit.
Adult education courses are available through your local library. But don't forget the Workers' Educational Association (see its website at www.wea.org.uk) and the wide range of other organisations which specialise in certain areas.
It's best to decide what subject you would like to know more about, then try an internet search.
Alternatively, call Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire (VANL) on 01724 845155 and staff will point you in the direction of the nearest suppliers of the course you want.
If you can't decide where to start, then IT is the one for you.
Within a very short time now, all Government services will only be available through their websites.
If you don't know what that means, then now is the time to find out before you need them.
Superfast broadband will also be coming our way soon. The campaign locally has enough signatures to get it started but still needs you to sign up in support to strengthen the case. See www.twitter.com/nlbb1 or www.facebook.com/Northern LincsBroadband to sign up.
A local organisation is offering help for voluntary groups which need to find new ways to fund their work.
The Community Interest Group, a networking group run by VANL, is to hold a session on funding on February 27, beginning at 10am.
The session will include hints and tips on writing successful funding bids from Gary Allen, funding adviser for VANL.
It will also provide an opportunity to discuss other ways of funding projects.
There will also be a chance to meet other people working on similar projects, make links and discuss your work.
The networking session is free of charge, but anyone wanting to attend is asked to contact Carol Thornton on 01652 633297.