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Kate gets the message out.

LOCAL organisations on Orkney are benefiting from Kate Barrett's newly-acquired desktop publishing skills. The 72-year-old islander wanted to do some learning but needed something that could fit round her busy life.

Kate said: "I'm not sure that studying as part of a formal college course would have suited me. I rather liked the idea of saying 'I want to do some studying, but I'll get the dusting done first'.

"I wanted to do desktop publishing as I felt the skills would be very useful, given the number of organisations and clubs that I am involved in. So I made inquiries and found I could do desktop publishing as part of a course being run at Support Training, a local learndirect scotland branded learning centre, which is near my home in Kirkwall."

Kate did the desktop publishing part of the Computer Literacy And Information Technology (CLAIT) course - choosing to learn and study at home at her own pace.

She used some of her Individual Learning Account to fund her course.

And with her new-found knowledge, Kate has produced literature and posters for the island's Volunteer Centre, Crossroads, the Creative Patchwork and Quilting Club and the Field Club. Kate's most recent project was a book on a local ornithologist for the Field Club, which also featured one of her own drawings.

Now, with the desktop publishing skills under her belt, Kate's next project is to acquire some website design and maintenance skills.

She said: "I would recommend fitting some learning into your life to anyone. It's certainly made a difference to mine."

# There are 500 learndirect scotland learning centres throughout the country. To access learning in your area, call the learndirect scotland freephone helpline on 0800 783 6000

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