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New adult education hub in Dorset

Tutors required for a joint Livability Holton Lee–Workers’ Educational Association partnership.

At a time when many organisations are reducing services offered, news of an expansion of services makes a welcome change.

A new partnership between Livability Holton Lee and the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) has seen significant interest in the first batch of courses – beginning this weekend (see below for more details) – and more tutors are required to ensure continued growth.

To bring non-formal education to as wide an audience as possible, Livability Holton Lee is seeking people with particular expertise in the arts and the environment to help develop this new adult education hub for Dorset.

Livability Holton Lee provides opportunities for all to enjoy and actively participate in the arts, horticulture and the environment, and its facilities have been built to be accessible to everyone.

Its new partner, the WEA is the leading provider of adult and community learning in the UK and is committed to widening participation and to enabling people to realise their full potential through learning.

As Livability Holton Lee Activities & Education Co-ordinator Geoff Jones says, “We have good facilities for teaching arts and crafts and extensive wildlife-rich grounds for environmental and science-based work, but need to increase the number and range of skilled tutors.

“We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has expertise in other areas, such as Dorset’s geology and archaeology. Final course details must be submitted to the WEA by Easter to be included in the 2011-2012 Autumn/Winter programme, so we will need to have firmed up any ideas by 21st April.”

Geoff concluded by saying, “This is a superb chance to be involved in adult education and a great way of developing both your own skills and those of Dorset’s community.”

Those interested in teaching adults, whether as a day, evening or residential class, should contact Geoff Jones on 01202 625562 or email activities@holtonlee.co.uk to discuss their ideas.

Environmental classes Livability Holton Lee is offering over the summer include:

Nature Table – an Introduction to Environmental Art – Weekend course 9th-10th April

Summer Trees Make me Feel Fine – Wednesday evening class 7-9 pm 5 sessions 18th May-15th June

Wild Side of Plants – Weekend course 21st-22nd May

Insects for Adults – Thursday day class – 10 am – 1pm 4 sessions 7th-28th July

All classes will be accessible to wheelchair users and courses are free to anyone in receipt of means-tested benefit. For all enquiries and enrolments please contact Learner Enquiries on 0845 458 2758 or visit www.wea-sw.org.uk.

Image courtesy of www.richardjeffery.com


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