Caroline Parker
Adult learner, Actor and Volunteer

Caroline Parker has added many strings to her bow since starting community education classes two years ago in the CIE Club on Carey’s Road.  Caroline worked in Krups for 10 ½ years after leaving school and did two FAS Schemes.  She has been a carer for the younger of her two sons who is now doing the Leaving Cert.

Caroline, who lives on Hyde Road, first heard of the classes through a flyer delivered to her door. As she says herself, “I was sitting at home and wouldn’t have known the people from Carey’s Road”.  She took the plunge and enrolled in a personal development class.  Last year Caroline joined the drama group and on May 30th will be taking to the stage with other members of the busy drama group in St. Saviours with ‘Chatterella’, a modern day Cinderella with a twist!  Her other learning interest is music and Caroline is adding her voice to the choir which is coming together in St. Saviours. She sees community education as “giving me something to get up and get going for”.

As a result of attending classes and finding out about other things happening in the community, Caroline is now volunteering with a number of local groups.  LCAES community education has only been running in St. Saviours for the last few years and is heavily dependent on the voluntary commitment of local people like Caroline.  She is on the Board of Directors for St. Saviours and is a member of the local education Committee. The committee finds out which classes people in the locality want, supports the running of these classes in the CIE Club and takes feedback from the participants. As Caroline says “once you get inside the door you’re not going to go back out”.

She also represents St. Saviours on the Southside RAPID AIT (Area Implementation Team). As someone who was not used to meetings and committees Caroline admits that it was a bit daunting in the early stages. ‘I didn’t know the lingo and I felt very out of my depth but since then I’ve got involved more, I do the meetings and I do feel that I’m learning the language and participating more’.  She sees herself as the link between St. Saviours and RAPID, making sure that information about what is coming up in RAPID gets back to the groups in the parish.

Caroline hasn’t looked back since joining the classes.  She has made new friends and has become more confident.  She has no regrets about taking on the challenge of being a community voice at different meetings. She is happy to contribute her local knowledge which can make a real difference to the discussions.

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