Due to very traumatic teenage years, Peter left school at 16 with few qualifications and started a low-level clerical job.

In his mid-20s he took a WEA local history course with the Norwich branch with a brilliant tutor. This was the beginning of Peter’s interest in further education and his desire to do more challenging things in his life. 

Peter went on to complete insurance qualifications and then applied to his local college as a mature student to train to work in the primary sector. Once qualified, he spent many happy years teaching on the way to get a BA degree from the Open University. Alongside his successful career, Peter has been volunteering for the WEA for more than forty years. His involvement with the WEA as a volunteer started as a class secretary and he is now a trustee. 

Peter not only volunteers for The WEA but also volunteers in Norwich to help past and present members of the Armed Forces through the SSAFA.

Peter says of volunteering for The WEA: ‘Volunteering is good both for the individual and for the organisation. You get to meet many interesting people and are supported by hard-working and committed staff’.

If Peter’s story has inspired you to get involved with volunteering for The WEA, please get in touch.