Community Learning


Over the past 14 years I have helped community organisations set up and manage through partnerships a wide range of community learning projects starting with Switch. Sourcing monies from Europe, WDA, New Opportunities Fund and charities, the orginal project provided informal learning opportunities to over 3000, supposedly hard to reach people in Cardiff.

It set up 23 local learning points equipped with broadband and IT and employed its own tutors. It was followed by a similar smaller scale project in Newport, before taking its lessons forward in the Switched On project..

Switched On

A Big Lottery funded 5 year programme that provided a structured long term supported learning programme for people in former docklands areas of Cardiff and Newport. It is based on a partnership of some 23 community organisations who had identified ongoing barriers faced by community members.

It worked long term with people providing tutoring and personal development support and developed new and innovative approaches that challenged people's comfort zones and helped improve their life style choices for employability, formal learning and community activism/involvement. It worked with businesses, colleges, Communities First and other partners on developing common pathways and utilising European funding opportunities.

Equal High Road

I managed a community learning project under the ESF EQUAL funding programme that focused on developing a very wide range of training toolkits to help community organisations develop community learning projects.

It was managed in partnership with the TUC's Union Learn team. It included toolkits on aspects of asset based community development, digital inclusion, personal support such as coaching, social enterprise and more.

Family Skills, Newport

This is a large scale community learning programme - see other pages already describing its detail.