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Community learning

Welcome to Westminster Adult Education Service

Westminster is one of the most diverse and dynamic communities in Britain. Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) reflects that diversity as one of the largest local authority adult education providers in the country.

The service is part of Westminster City Council and is funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. 

New Funding Opportunity

Westminster Adult Education Service is looking to fund a mix of  small projects (£5,000) and larger projects to the value of £10,000 to support learning within the local communities of Westminster and neighbouring boroughs, so if you have an exciting, engaging innovative project that supports at grass roots level, please do get in touch.

 We are seeking projects to complement our existing offer and to assist us in meeting Westminster City Council’s City for All strategy ‘Global city, strong neighbourhoods, thriving community’, outlined below.

Contact Sindi Hearn with any queries on


Download and view the community learning funding guidance

Download and view the expression of interest form

Schedule for Project bids

Thursday 17 August
Guidance on applying for community learning fund published including a basic ‘expression of interest’ template

Friday 8 September
Partners need to complete the template and email it back to

Monday 18 September
Information session for prospective applicants with workshop for those submitting a bid for the first time.

Monday 16 October at midday
Completed applications to be submitted

Monday 30 October
All applicants to be informed outcome of the bid

Tuesday 31 October
Delivery can start


City for All strategy

We are seeking projects to complement our existing offer and to assist us in meeting Westminster City Council’s new City for All strategy: 

1) City of Aspiration We will enable all our communities to share in the economic prosperity of our city.

WAES's response to this will be to focus on Employment - We will work with the unemployed, those looking to improve their skills, change careers or return to work.

The programmes may include learning opportunities in: 

  • Work skills
  • Volunteering
  • Supported employment including small enterprise development
  • Digital skills to enhance employability

2) City of Choice We will create opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors to make informed and responsible choices for themselves, their families and their neighbourhood.

WAES's response to this will be to focus on Community Enhancement - We will enable local community’s access to choices that enhance their family and community life by providing projects and programmes that help residents to develop a better understanding of: 

  • Citizenship
  • Safeguarding
  • Preventing extremism and radicalisation
  • Creative arts
  • Traditional skills and crafts (eg horticulture, knitting, sewing, henna tattooing)
  • Health and well-being (eg childhood obesity, healthy eating, being active)
  • Family recovery support
  • General digital skills

3) City of HeritageWe will protect and enhance Westminster’s unique heritage so that every neighbourhood remains a great place to live, work and visit both now and in the future. 

WAES's response to this will be to focus on delivery for Diverse Communities - We will ensure that we enhance the unique heritage of the City by utilising and celebrating the diversity of our communities, ensuring that all groups in our community have access to our programmes, focusing in particular on these priority groups: 

  • Homeless
  • Older people
  • Refugees
  • BME groups
  • People with mental health challenges
  • Younger people
  • People with drug and alcohol challenges
  • People with disabilities
  • Families



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