SGS College opens its doors to older learners

SOUTH Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) is once again opening its doors to retirees and the over fifties in its award winning Refresh 2 Impress programme.

The free, three day course runs throughout the year and starts on October 23 and 25, at the College’s WISE and Stroud campuses respectively.

Based around a basic maths qualification, the course offers a safe, caring, fun and interactive learning environment and includes a variety of practical taster sessions, such as yoga, art, first aid and mindfulness to broaden the learners’ experiences and motivate them to further learning.

Having recently been named Project of the Year at the 2017 Festival of Learning Awards, the team behind Refresh 2 Impress are looking forward to welcoming new learners. Sarah Kopera, who heads up the team said: “We were delighted to win the award and can’t wait to get started with the new term’s courses.”

The excitement was echoed by one of the programmes long-time learners, Alfreda, 86: “I would tell anyone, go and learn something, it’s brilliant. I kept discovering things; I’m 86 and I’m like a new kid! I loved it, absolutely loved it!”

David Drew, MP for Stroud praised the course for its role in the community: “Refresh 2 Impress has done so much good for the community and for adult learners in the area.”

Refresh 2 Impress runs on the following dates and locations:

Maths - October 23-25, 2017 - SGS Wise

Maths - October 25-27, 2017 - SGS Stroud

English - February 12-14, 2018 - SGS Wise

English - February 14-16, 2018 - SGS Stroud

Maths - March 26-28, 2018 - Bristol RWA

Maths March 26-28, 2018 - SGS Wise

Maths April 4-6, 2018 - SGS Stroud

English May 29-31, 2018 - SGS Wise

English May 30 - June 1, 2018 - SGS Stroud

To find out more or to sign up to one of the courses for free, please visit or call 0800 0567 253