Adults across Sunderland are learning to bake cupcakes, make their own clothes and get the most from home-grown veg.
Sunderland College has introduced a new adult learning schedule for 2012, which includes short courses designed to give people a taste for a new skill.
The courses take place in the evenings and at weekends and range from one session to a series of ten.
The courses range from cooking, IT and fitness through to skills aimed at helping people to save money on DIY jobs such as plastering, tiling and basic plumbing.
Sue Wallis, assistant principal for adult and employer provision atSunderlandCollegesaid: “These courses are a great way for people to get an introduction to a particular subject, learn a new skill and have some fun along the way.
“The sessions are only a couple of hours long and run over consecutive weeks. The aim is to see whether it’s something you want to learn more about and want to dedicate more time to.
“And the timetable is incredibly varied. You can learn anything from baby massage, Zumba, gaming or creative writing, right through to tree maintenance, cake decorating and web page design.
“We’ve already seen a lot of interest in the courses, particularly the ones that can benefit the whole family, like dressmaking, allotment care, and of course the cooking and baking.
Sonia Graham, 57, fromNewcastle, is attending the Cupcake and Cake Decorating course with her daughter. She said: “I’ve always baked and find it very therapeutic.
“The course is a great opportunity to learn new skills and spend some quality time with my daughter.”
Photo caption: Sonia Graham (centre) is attending the Cupcake and Cake Decorating course with her daughter.