Thursday, 9 October 2014

Winter Willow and the Workers' Educational Association

by Joe Gregory

Founded in 1903, the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) is a charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. We believe learning is for everyone and learning is for life. It can be life-enhancing and life-changing – improving health, self-confidence and creating positive changes that ripple out from individuals to communities.

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We also have a special mission to reach those who want to improve their lives and communities. Education is a beautiful and powerful tool for tackling economic and social disadvantage because it raises aspirations and helps people create their own change. We campaign for adult education and whether you want to become a student, member, volunteer, tutor or partner, you are always welcome to the WEA.

Over the last 6 months the North West Branch has been developing a range of Environmental courses designed to give students a taste of studying and working in the outdoors with the concept of sustainability at their heart. They range from weekend introductory courses such as Introduction to Woodland Management C3836725 and Introduction to Forest Schools C3836732, to accredited courses like the Permaculture Design Course C3836723.

All these courses can be studied as stand alone courses or combined and built up over time to give the learner a deeper understanding and a variety of practical experiences working sustainably in the outdoors.

For our full Autumn brochure please follow the link

All WEA courses are subsidized and if you receive certain Means Tested Benefits or are on a low income our courses are FREE. For more information please contact our regional office by telephoning  0151 243 5340 or via e-mail

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