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Community Learning

The WEA in Edinburgh and Lothians works with many voluntary and community groups and a range of partner organisations to plan and deliver workshops, short courses and projects for adults in community locations across the City.  From time to time we also deliver community learning projects in East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.  

Popular topics for study include: Art, Creative Writing, Confidence Building, Local Investigations, Parenting Skills, Political Studies, Reminiscence and Oral History, Scottish Writers and Writing, Language and Song, Return to Learn and Women's Studies. Our courses are informal and planned to suit people taking part in them. 

Recent community learning classes in Edinburgh include:

  • Scottish Culture for people whose first language is not English in partnership with the ESOL Practitioners’ Forum
  • Creative Writing for people in South Queensferry in partnership with Edinburgh City Libraries 
  • Scottish Literature for people in Edinburgh’s Old Town and surrounding communities in partnership with the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust
  • Working with local people and West Lothian Council archives to gather oral  histories as part of the town’s Livingston 50 celebrations
  • SQA Child Development courses for parents in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council CLD and Early Years. 
  • Scottish Literature for people in West Edinburgh in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council CLD at Gate 55 
  • Research Skills for people in recovery in partnership with Comas and the Serenity Cafe 
  • Social History, Scottish Literature and Arts workshops for carers in partnership with Care for Carers
  • Scottish Social and Political History for people in North Edinburgh in partnership with North Edinburgh CLD
  • Let's Talk about the New Scotland

We have a particular expertise in delivering projects which enable our learners to research, document, interpret and present aspects of their history and culture in publications and exhibition, and through photography, film, research, writing and the arts.

Contact: Duncan Wallace
               Tel: 0131 225 2580
                Email: d.wallace@weascotland.org.uk

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