/en/file/uk-ambassador-cath-harculaUK Ambassador Cath Harcula
I have been a member of the EPALE England Stakeholder Reference group for almost three years and over time have been very impressed with the reach and variety of the work on the platform as I’ve become more familiar with the range of functions and features.
In August 2017 I retired from my full-time position as Head of Adult Learning at Derby City Council and whilst I was looking forward to all the opportunities that retirement provides I wasn’t ready to lose my connection with adult learning, an area in which I had worked in a variety of roles for 37 years. I was therefore really pleased to be offered the opportunity to become an EPALE Ambassador.
Being an EPALE UK Ambassador helps me to “keep in touch” with all the activities and discussions happening not only in the UK but across Europe, enabling me to keep engaged with other people with a shared interest.
“Aspire not to have more, but to be more” (Oscar Romero)
I have enjoyed participating in a variety of Communities of Practice and the online thematic discussions . It has also been interesting to meet other ambassadors from around the UK at the UK Ambassador training days. As well this I have had the opportunity to attend as the “Adult Learning: Setting the Agenda” conference, co-organised in London the UK National Coordinator for the EAAL, Learning and Work Institute and EPALE UK in October 2017.
In November 2017, I was invited to do a presentation and workshop at the National Adult Learning Agency (NALA) Family Learning Conference in Dublin. As part of my preparation I was able to use the EPALE platform to contact Mary Flanagan, an Irish EPALE Ambassador whom I had met “virtually” during an online discussion about Family Learning. Mary provided me with lots of valuable background information about family learning in Ireland which improved the quality of my presentation and workshop materials. It was lovely to meet her face to face at the conference.
I recommend the role of Ambassador and the work of EPALE to all – come and join us by contacting your EPALE National Support Service!