£100k of Community Learning Funding available for local organisations

Published Friday, 1st May 2015

The County Council's Community Learning Trust is inviting applications from learning providers with learning projects to support the most disadvantaged and vulnerable adults in the community.

The Community Learning Trust, which is managed by the Libraries and Learning Service, has received £100k this year from the Skills Funding Agency to support adult community learning. 

This year, the Trust has two main areas of focus: projects that will deliver learning activity in support of the development of employment skills; and projects which meet the mental well-being of individuals who don’t normally access mainstream learning provision.

Applications can be made by either single organisations or partnerships with a collaborative bid.

The allocation of funds is decided by an annually formed panel of representatives from community provider organisations with local experience and knowledge of working in communities of greatest need. The projects selected are for the benefit of adults aged 19+  who are socially or economically disadvantaged.

Three separate sessions are planned to support people interested in making an application. These meetings will answer any questions people may have on the application process and provide insight into how to submit a successful bid. There is also an opportunity to network with other like-minded organisations.

The sessions will take place on:

Wednesday May 13 at Redditch Library 10:00-11:00am

Thursday May 14 at Kidderminster Library 2:00-3:00pm

Friday May 15 at County Hall, Worcester 11:00am-12:00pm 

Nikki Stearman, Community Learning Trust Programme Manager for Libraries and Learning said: "The Community Learning Trust is all about providing more opportunities for adults to help them improve their lives. We are really keen to get as many applications as possible and suggest anyone interested does come along to a network event and find out more about the Trust and application process".

If you are interested in joining one of the information sessions email nbuck@worcestershire.gov.uk stating your name, organisation and the information session you wish to attend.

The deadline for completed applications to be returned is 30 June 2015.