WAES in the Community
Westminster Adult Education Service prides itself on working closely with community partners in a responsive and proactive way to ensure the needs of local learners are met.
Much of our work takes place in local schools, libraries, Children’s Centres, community organisations and third sector service providers.
In addition, we deliver a substantial community-focused programme open to all, especially in the creative arts and the modern foreign languages areas.
For more information about WAES projects and work in the community please contact the Community Team:
New Funding Opportunity
WAES is looking to fund a range of small projects, each up to the value of £12,000, to the overall value of £150,000 to support learning within the local communities of Westminster and neighbouring boroughs.
If you have an exciting, engaging innovative project that supports at grass roots level, please get in touch.
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ESOL in the community
WAES is proud to work with partners across London including grass roots organisations that can help members of the community beyond the reaches of WAES. WAES has recently partnered with the following organisations:
PDT is a registered charity and community-based not-for-profit regeneration company delivering social and economic innovation. PDT is part of Locality and provides advisory services to a mix of national and international organisationss. PDT has been leading in local economic, environmental and social innovation for fifteen years; this remains our intent for the next fifteen years.
Westminster Mind enables people affected by mental ill health to lead fulfilling and productive lives by providing services in the community and by working with carers, family members, health and social care professionals and employers.
Penfold Community Hub (part of Notting Hill Housing Trust) exists to promote active and creative opportunities for older residents in Westminster. We focus on identifying, encouraging and supporting older people to engage in community activities including learning.
The Mosaic Community Trust (MCT) tackles issues of religious intolerance, community cohesion, health and mental wellbeing.
The Connection at St Martin’s is a specialist provider of homelessness services in Westminster. Open every day and night – supporting 200 people in a day, 3,500 people in a year – through street outreach, shelter, café, healthcare, showers and other practical services.
Other organisations and charities that WAES is proud to work with
Westminster Adult Education Service is currently working with partners on the following projects in Westminster.
One Westminster Volunteering Courses
WAES are running Introduction to Volunteering courses in association with One Westminster. These courses are designed specifically to train and support volunteers and potential volunteers.
We are also offering Introduction to Volunteer Management courses for those volunteers who wish to progress their careers and this leads into a Volunteer Management level 2 accredited distance learning course with WAES.
Find out more about One Westminster on the Voluntary Action Westminster website:
We offer a range of courses in a variety of community venues to improve English skills. Classes run during term time only from September to June.
There are a range of pre-entry and entry level ESOL courses in a large number of local community centres and libraries. Adult ESOL learners at pre-entry or entry level develop their English language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in the context of everyday English. On these courses learners work towards their individual learning goals to improve relevant skills. Upon completion of the course learners may progress on to main site provision to study for accredited exams. We offer classes in the daytime, evening and weekends.
We welcome invitations and discussions with local community groups and venues to run extra ESOL classes by negotiation. Call 020 7641 7099 to talk to our partnerships manager.
ESOL for Parents in schools
We offer a range of ESOL classes at entry level in schools across Westminster. Adult ESOL learners at entry level develop their English language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in the context of everyday English and situations, such as life in London, using local services, as well as education and schooling in the UK. Students are usually clients of the schools that host these classes – but some schools may permit non-parents to attend by negotiation. In some of these venues we offer free childcare places. Local Westminster schools we currently work in partnership with include: Christchurch Bentinck Primary School, Churchill Gardens Primary School, Edward Wilson Primary School, Essendine Primary School, Queen’s Park Primary School, Wilberforce School and George Eliot School.
Call 020 7297 7297 to arrange an assessment and then join one of these classes.
ESOL for Families
We offer a range of ESOL classes at entry level in Family and Children’s Centres across Westminster. Adult ESOL learners develop their English language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in the context of everyday English and family situations, such as life in London, healthy eating and using local services. Students are usually clients of the venues that host these classes. In many of these venues we offer free childcare places.
Call 020 7297 7297 to arrange an assessment and join one of these classes.
Community basic skills classes
We offer a small number of adult basic skills to improve skills in entry level reading and writing for fluent or native speakers. Contact the following libraries for information: Paddington Library and Saint John’s Wood Library.
Or call 020 7297 7297 to arrange an initial assessment of your level and eligibility.