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You're Never too old to try something new

12th October 2016 Date of publication

Those were the parting words of former teacher Margaret Cockrill as she retired after ten years working as a volunteer in adult learning.

The 71-year-old, from Darlington (pictured below), was one of Darlington Learning & Skills’ volunteers at the Coleridge Centre, where she offered one-to-one and group support in English skills. Her dedication has helped learners to achieve NOCN Functional Skills English and progress to the next stage.

She has now decided it’s time to pursue other interests and at a special presentation to mark her retirement she said: “I hate hearing 35-year-olds say they are too old to do something – you’re never too old to try something new.”

Alaine McCartney, Learning & Skills manager, said: “Margaret has made a difference to many people’s lives and her passion for English and inspiring learners will be missed.”

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