The people in the group were all at the stage I was about four years ago, where they were making incremental steps to return to education.
I was asked to take some of the group to the art block, which I absolutely loved - am I on the wrong course, I thought. We had to draw a still life picture of a manniquin, using paper on the floor and making the marks with charcoal taped to a bamboo cane. I was suitably impressed with my effort - after all, it was going to look suitably crap, because I was 3ft from the paper, with precios little control of my implement.
It was confirmed that - yes, I am on the right course. I am marginally better at English than art (my model drawing looked like it had some chronic vitamin deficiency), but I really enjoyed myself. I managed to hook up with a lady, who runs a textile class in our local town - so I have a feeling I will be dropping in to see her soon.
One thing shone out today - a guy my age group, who has just found out that he has dyslexia. He showed me his portfolio of artwork, I was truly stunned - enough to be emotionally moved by it. He is such a fantastic fine art artist, it just blew me away. He had started on small courses and was working his way up. We had a long chat and now he has made the brave step of applying for the Access course for Art, with the full intention of going to the top.
I think that there are some jobs that are so rewarding - watching people achieve great things against the odds is one of them.