Courses in Eden

Courses in Eden

Welcome to the Adult Learning Eden webpage. Our page will help you find courses in our area and help you meet our team.  Eden covers the area from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith including Appleby, Alston and surrounding villages. Administered from an office based in Shap Primary School, we provide courses for adults in a variety of venues across this rural district and to support those unable to travel we have a range of Online courses.  We have a wide-ranging offer from English and Maths, Digital Skills, Employability, ESOL, Family Learning, Health and Wellbeing, Languages and Arts and Craft!   We hope you find your next learning opportunity whilst visiting our website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Meet the Team

Business Support - Adult Learning - Eden Centre

Andrea started in 2000 as a learner on a computer course, she then undertook tutor training with the service and became an ICT tutor, which she enjoyed until 2016 when she stopped tutoring and took on the Business support role for the Eden area helping people to access courses and completing the administration needed to run successful courses.

Andrea also works on the family farm with her husband and youngest son.

Community Development Worker

Hi, I'm Liz.  As the Community Development Worker for Eden I promote our courses, workshops and other learning opportunities.  I also work in partnership with organisations such as Job Centre Plus, schools, libraries, Children`s Centres and with local community groups, to identify the learning needs of local people. This can involve developing new courses, which is always exciting!

I also work as a tutor for Adult Learning and have seen first-hand what a big difference learning can make to people's lives - not just by opening up new opportunities but by increasing confidence and self-worth.

If you are interested in finding out more about our service or if you have any suggestions for new courses, please get in touch.  I would love to hear from you.

Adult Learning (Eden) Centre Manager

Hi, I'm Julie, the Eden Centre Manager

I have worked in Cumbria Adult Learning for 7 years, having been the Eden Centre Manager for the past 4. At Adult Learning - Eden, we offer a wide range of courses, from Maths and English to Arts and Crafts, from Languages to Health and Wellbeing, courses that allow you either to gain a qualification or just to learn a new skill.  These courses are a mixture of online teaching and face-to-face teaching in a range of local venues. 

Whether you know what you would like to learn or are still looking for some inspiration, get in touch with the team and we will help you find the perfect course. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Our Tutors

Language Tutor

I have been a tutor for Adult Learning for the past 5 years, teaching French, German and ESOL. I have taught at Secondary and Primary Level and have worked in schools in France and Spain.  I enjoy being creative with my teaching and using a wide variety of authentic and up to date resources to inspire my learners. It is really rewarding to see my learners grow in confidence with the language and make new friends on the way.

ESOL and Digital Skills Tutor

Hi, I'm Alistair and I am an ESOL and Digital Skills Tutor for Adult Learning. I originally taught English in Devon primary schools, and then in Sweden, in Brazil (where I gained my Celta), and in Saudi Arabia over the last ten years. I have taught learners from ages 7 to 70 on paper, online and a mixture, as blended learning, from complete beginners to advanced level.

Company Accountant

I am Graham Young. I have been involved with Adult Education for over 26 years when I was made redundant and started on a series of courses to improve my employment prospects. I was actually the first recipient of Adult Learner of the Year back in 1993. 

Since then I have been an Adult Tutor for Information Technology, bookkeeping and Sage courses at several establishments.

I am a Company Accountant and been at the same firm for 25 years. I am married, I have 3 grown up children I have two young grand-children who keep me and my wife of 42 years active. We both enjoy our holidays and our garden.

Health and Wellbeing Tutor

Hello, Jane Hodgkinson here, Mindfulness Teacher with Adult Learning. An interest in health and wellbeing led me into a career in nursing which later diversified into training to teach healthcare topics. Having discovered the benefits of Mindfulness on a personal level, I was keen to share this with others who may benefit too; so now combine my knowledge of health and wellbeing, teaching skills and enthusiasm for mindfulness to support others as they experience, explore and develop a mindfulness practice.

Family Learning Tutor

Having started my career teaching primary aged children, I now work in the adult education sector delivering a wide range of family learning courses. I aim for these courses to be fun and interactive whilst developing participants' skills and enhancing their existing knowledge. I really enjoy seeing learners increase in confidence, explore, and apply strategies to support and extend their own and their children's learning.

Arts and Crafts Tutor

Hi, I'm Karen and I'm passionate about art and believes that everyone can be creative - they just need a little help along the way from an understanding and experienced artist and tutor! I originally trained as an Architect before becoming a professional artist in the 1990s. I paint, sculpt and creates textiles and empower learners and community groups to create Public Artworks. Recently a sculpture at Housteads Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall, as part the Hadrian's Cavalry project, was enjoyed by 90,000 visitors. I have been contributing to Art and Wellness projects in different settings since 1998.

Arts and Crafts Tutor

Hi, I'm Katie and I have been making and selling handmade cards, pictures and curiosities since high school and now nurtures a small craft business under the guise of the 'Northern Magpie'. A key theme throughout my work is the natural world, both as a source of inspiration and in terms of sustainable materials choice. I am fanatical about pattern and re-purposing materials that might otherwise have gone in the bin. I am also particularly interested in the therapeutic benefits of art and craft, and I am enthusiastic in supporting others to unlock their creative potential.

Teaching various sewing classes

I am Maria Trevaskis. I have been teaching various sewing classes in Adult Education for 6 years, from complete beginners through to improvers. I have taught many different people with varying skills. I enjoy passing on my knowledge to others and watching people grow with confidence as they achieve things they didn't think possible.

Math and English Tutor

I have enjoyed teaching for over 25 years and am currently delivering Maths and English with Adult Education, from Functional Skills to GCSE. I developed my skills and love of teaching within schools, assisting young people with va rying needs and abilities to feel successful. However, my greatest joy is in teaching adults, particularly watching them grow in confidence and achieve their dreams. It is a great privilege to hear a learner say that they can now help their child with homework, or another deciding to apply for their dream job. It makes my job well worthwhile.


My name is Pam and I have been living in Cumbria for my entire life.  I have over 22 years' experience working with adults and young people helping, supporting them to realise their goals and aspirations.  I am an Employability Tutor and also deliver Functional English to learners who have enrolled onto the course to improve their skills in this area.  I also have experience of delivering Functional Maths.  I am extremely self-motivated and thrive on seeing someone fl ourish and grow with confidence in the areas they have chosen for improvement. I enjoy working as a team and promoting the courses provided by the Adult Learning ensuring professionalism is adhered to at all times.  I will endeavour to continue to provide an excellent service ensuring learners develop and grow and realise their own goals.

Hill Skills and Navigation tutor

I am Phil Tinning. My day job is as an energy consultant but I am also a qualified rock climbing instructor (SPA) and a Mountain Leader (MLs), Duke of Edinburgh Supervisor and Assessor, and Outdoor First Aid trained. I use these skills to take individuals and groups of all ages out into the hills in all conditions, train and assess professional outdoor qualifications and also teach evening classes for Cumbria Adult Learning - helping to build learners' confidence and giving them the skills to be safe in the mountains. I love everything to do with Mountaineering, Hillwalking, Skiing, Ski Touring, Rock Climbing, Adventure Travel, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Road Bilking, and Teaching mountain skills to anyone that has a passion for the outdoors.


One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your learning queries.

07468 709606

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm


We aim to respond to all enquiries within 24hrs (excluding weekends).

Adult Learning - Eden 
Cumbria County Council 
C/o Shap CofE School
Main Street
Shap, Penrith
CA10 3NL