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Opportunities for learning a new activity

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"As we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open." Clint Eastwood

There are countless opportunities for those over 50 years old to learn something new. This page provides a summary of some of the opportunities available locally. To find out more information about any of the organisations and services listed below, please contact the organisation directly.

Age UK Derby & Derbyshire

Age UK Derby and Derbyshire have a number of informal learning opportunities for people 50 plus. Whether you're looking for volunteering opportunities or activities such as at our our Chaddesden Centre in Chaddesden Park.lady with tutor

Chaddesden Centre

Volunteering for us


Derby Adult Learning Service

Derby Adult Learning Service provides a high quality learning experience for adult learners. It aims to meet the needs of local communities and individuals with a wide variety of courses and taster sessions to suit your needs. Whether you're a job seeker wanting to improve your skills to get back into work or you just want take on a new hobby, there should be a course to suit your needs. Find out what courses are available by contacting our Learner Helpline 01332 717900 or follow us on Twitter @dalsderby


Derby City Libraries

Thousands of books, including large print and audio books. There is also a free e-book library. people in a meetingWe also offer a home delivery service for customers who are house bound.

  • Internet taster sessions
  • Craft classes
  • Art classes
  • Writing classes
  • Local & Family history 


Derby College

Derby College is one of the largest, most successful and most forward-thinking further education colleges in the UK. We will prepare you for the next stage in your life, whatever your goals and aspirations.

We offer an inspirational learning experience with an exciting choice of subjects and qualifications for people of all ages and abilities. Every year we welcome over 30,000 learners to our extensive range of full-time and part-time courses, including learning for leisure, short courses and professional courses.

You will benefit from our outstanding teaching, state-of-the-art facilities, strong links with employers, flexible study options and exceptional student support.

ladies paintingGoldsQUAD

QUAD invites participants aged 50 and over to form a supportive community that create art together whilst raising issues around health and well-being.

In Derby QUAD every Wednesday
Cost £3 per session
Ladies and gentlemen welcome

email: or tel: 01332 285444


Workers’ Educational Association

Also known as the WEA, we are the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. We provide courses for all adults and our students reflect all ages and interests, and come to us from all walks of life. Our courses cover such subjects as art, music, Tai Chi, geology, textiles, history, poetry, literature, archaeology, architecture, wildlife and much more. The brouchure for Autumn courses is now available online:

Email: or Tel: 01332 291805

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