Harrogate library is offering people the opportunity to learn together when taking advantage of online courses offered by digital education platform FutureLearn.
FutureLearn offers a wide range of free courses – from health matters to coding to creative writing and many others – which people can study at home for leisure or to enhance their job prospects, but Harrogate library is offering people who don’t have the facilities at home or who would like to learn with others the opportunity to use the library as a base for their study.
Courses include online discussion forums, but there is also scope for local groups to hold face-to-face meetings to support each other. The library will be available as a venue for such get-togethers and to provide internet access.
Each Thursday from 12 September a volunteer will be on hand between 10am and 2pm as a point of contact for FutureLearn students who would like to meet.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “We’re very aware of the possible impact of social isolation and loneliness. There may be many people who would like to enjoy greater sociability while studying and the opportunity to talk about subjects in more depth. We hope this offer will give them an opportunity to meet others and learn something new.”
For more information, contact the library.