Trio wants to learn a new skill in Northumberland

Matthew Bowen, Alice Albery and Nick Street.
Matthew Bowen, Alice Albery and Nick Street.

Three friends are touring the country, asking talented people in each county to teach them a skill – and they’re looking to come to Northumberland next.

Nick Street, Alice Albery and Matthew Bowen, all in their late twenties, hope to be taught at least one lesson in every county of the UK over the course of the next year and will donate £10 to Alzheimer’s Society for every lesson they receive.

The trio have learned how to turn wood, breakdance, bake bread and ring church bells so far and are hoping to find a talented person in Northumberland to teach them something and represent their county. There’s no need for that person to be a qualified teacher, as long as they’re passionate about what they do.

Lessons will just be one-offs and can be as long or short as the teacher’s diary allows.

Skills teachers can register their interest, and see examples of previous lessons at www.teach-us.uk
Matthew, Alice and Nick have all lost relatives to Alzheimer’s and they’re using this challenge to raise funds to support current and future sufferers. They’re also trying to highlight the need to create more well-rounded people in the UK, with a broader range of skills.

Nick said: “When you look at our parents’ or grandparents’ generation, they were expected to have a broad skill set. Our generation, however, has been pushed to learn skills only to pass exams or for career progression and learning skills for jobs doesn’t necessarily create well-balanced individuals.

“It’s our view that learning extra-curricular skills can be a release from stresses of everyday life, and lead to confidence, happiness and personal progression. It’s also a great way to meet new friends. It’s our belief that you see the best side of people when they’re sharing something they’re passionate about.”