Reminiscence

This course aims to use the shared life experience of older people to help combat isolation, reduce loneliness and provide mental stimulation.

Open Programmes Edinburgh and Lothians

To make available stimulating and enjoyable adult learning opportunities to people from across Edinburgh and further afield. 

A range of programmes and courses are available at central venues across the city. Many of the courses run several times per year and benefit from having hugely experienced and committed tutors. Courses and subjects include:   

▪ Exploring Scottish Literature
Fun, friendly and informative course exploring the and celebrating the vast treasures to be found within the many centuries of Scottish Literature.

Workplace six word stories

Promote engagement with existing learning services at a specific workplace / location through the use of a writing competition that is accessible to all.

Women in the Highlands

One of the great successes of this project has been the formation of a Women in the Highlands Choir. They have performed at several events in the Highlands including the Women in the Highlands Annual Conference

Unemployed Job clubs

The aims of offering learning opportunities in the workplace are to remove barriers to participation to those in low paid and low skilled roles.  WEA’s mission to reach those who could benefit most.  Workplace learning is a very valuable route into adult learning and offers opportunities to build skills and confidence.

Social Studies Discussion Group

The course aims ot build confidence and self esteem of students, and increase understanding of local and world events

This discussion group will give group members a chance to have a closer look at things that affect our everyday lives - what's on TV or in the papers, the things people do and why they do them, events in the local community or national and international affairs.

Feedback

"Being involved in this course has let me be more confident in myself and was able to speak out for myself in front of other people"

Sharing Lives Sharing Languages

This project aims to increase the social connections and opportunities for non-native English speakers -  in this instance Syrian New Scots -  to use their English outside the classroom, using a peer education approach to encourage  participation in collective actions to the benefit of the group and the local community.

Reach Out

The Reach Out project aims to help those who engage improve literacy and numeracy skills, reduce social isolation, improve mental and physical health, improve IT skills and employability chances. This is all done through facilitating various classes/courses as appropriate. The project is student led/student centred and the courses are facilitated through student input, ideas and help.

The project is open to both males and females, aged 16+.

Programmes open to the public

Our open programmes and courses usually have a small fee to attend which is paid for by the individual learners.  They are generally advertised to the general public and could be organised either by a member of our staff or through our student groups, branches and local associations.  To keep the costs low for individuals, some are subsidised by our local authority partners through Service Level Agreements.  

Open Programmes Fife

To make available stimulating and enjoyable adult learning opportunities to people from across Fife 

A range of programmes and courses are available at venues across Fife. Many of the courses run several times per
year and benefit from having hugely experienced and committed tutors. Courses and subjects include:

▪ Exploring Scottish Literature
Fun, friendly and informative course exploring and celebrating the vast treasures to be found within the many
centuries of Scottish Literature.