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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 (up to £5,000) to support learning within the local communities of Westminster and neighbouring boroughs, so if you have an exciting, engaging innovative project that supports at a grassroots 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 new City for All strategy:

Westminster Adult Education Service’s key aims for this round of funding are below, with a key focus on Health and Wellbeing and Digital Inclusion course/activities /projects:

To deliver innovative non-accredited community learning programmes which will engage and encourage adults to move towards sustained employment, volunteering/work experience or further learning and will do one or more of the following:

Improve Quality of Life

The primary objective of this round of funding is to improve the quality of life of people who visit, live and work in Westminster, thus promoting health and well-being across a range of activities.

  • targeted activities promoting health and well-being of people at different life stages
  • activities that promote non-medical means of improving well-being, such as exercise classes, yoga, arts and crafts, and cultural events
  • activities that promote healthy eating, and making positive choices around risk behaviours (smoking, alcohol, substance misuse)
  • Information, advice and guidance sessions for unemployed residents.

Improve Digital Inclusion

We are looking for innovative ways to promote digital inclusion across Westminster; these can be in the form of targeted workshops, IAG’s, courses or activities.

  • targeted activities promoting digital inclusion for people at different life stages i.eaccess to online skills and online services
  • information, advice and guidance sessions focused on keeping safe whilst online or understanding why using the internet is relevant and helpful.
  • activities that increasing confidence in using the internet and thus reducing the fear of crime, lack of trust or not knowing where to start online.
  • activities for those who are socially and economically excluded to get online
  • activities aimed at promoting digital literacy, increasing confidence in using new technologies and technical language.

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 (19+
  • People with drug and alcohol challenges
  • People with disabilities
  • Families

Our small projects will be for a maximum of 3 months. 

Timetable/Key dates

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5pm Wednesday 11th April  2018            

Award of contracts: 5pm Friday 13th April          

Projects to start: 5pm Saturday 20th April

Completion of projects: Friday 27th July 2018


Download and view the community learning funding guidance

Download and complete the WAES project proposal form


Contact Sindi Hearn with submissions or queries on



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