Centre for Lifelong Learning student
Adrian McNeill has been coming to our Centre for Lifelong Learning for four years. Originally from Belfast, Adrian now lives in Paisley, having lived in the Glasgow area for the past 30 years.
He was first attracted to the Centre for Lifelong Learning as he approached retirement. He said: "I was approaching retirement and I thought, 'I'm going to have to get a routine to replace the routine of work.' My strategy in approaching retirement was that physical exercise and mental exercise both feed each other. There's also the social aspect, coming into town and doing things I maybe normally wouldn’t come into town for."
Over the past four years, Adrian has enjoyed gaining a deeper understanding of many significant events he has lived through. He particularly enjoys modern history, citing the 1960s to the present day as his favourite area of study. He said: "The classes help you find out what was actually going on in history during a time I have lived through. I may have seen things flashing across the television screen or in the newspaper, but when I was that age I wasn’t that interested. For example, I didn’t realise the extent of the Irish Civil War before I came to study here."
Familiarity & warmth
Asked if he would recommend the centre to people of his own age, Adrian was unequivocal. He said: "I would recommend them to come without question.
Sometimes things come along that prove to be very fundamental to your quality of life, and I would put coming here into that category.
"The structure it adds to my day is very good. There’s a great familiarity about the place once you get to know it, and that’s very reassuring. You know you’re going to come here and meet people. There’s a real warmth here, and that’s down to the staff and the set-up… Why else would I get the 8am train to come here?"