The We Learn Local initiative was officially launched at an evening reception in Coventry city centre on Thursday 21 July. the event brought together council, college and university representatives, instructors from across the city and community groups to celebrate lifelong learning in Coventry.
The first WeLearnLocal lessons were showcased at the reception and the new 'Coventry loves to learn' directory went live on the same day. From college courses to workshops in local libraries to private classes, Coventry residents can now search from over 600 classes across covering a huge range of topics - hobby skills to arts & crafts, business insight, digital skills, health & wellbeing, language, culture, music and more.
Council, college and university leaders called on more of the city’s instructors to take part in the Summer of skill-sharing.
Supported by Coventry University Social Enterprise, Coventry Libraries Service, City College Coventry and Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, WeLearnLocal aims to encourage more adult learning by making it easier for residents to find classes in Coventry and by helping instructors to find lesson space and promote their lessons.
Nick Maxwell, Founder of WeLearnLocal, spoke to instructors at the reception to say: “Coventry is a diverse and vibrant city with a wide range of learning opportunities. However, sometimes it is difficult to find out about the courses and classes on offer. We hope the new website and directory make it easy for people to find fantastic learning opportunities and simple for Coventry instructors to set up and promote their classes. We want to connect people within communities through fun group lessons in a Summer of skill-sharing.”
Also speaking at the launch reception, Councillor Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said, “Coventry is full of skills and talent and if we can use this project to bring people together through learning, especially in our libraries, we will strengthen our communities.”
Keith Jeffrey, Managing Director of Coventry University Social Enterprise, introduced the event by explaining why supporting education and instruction had so many cultural and social benefits for the city.
Gemma Musgreaves, Coordinator for the Coventry TimeUnion, closed the reception by explaining the partnership between WeLearnLocal and TimeUnion and the options for WeLearnLocal instructors to join the time banking movement in Coventry, as an alternative to drawing an income from their lessons if they don’t wish to charge for their classes.
With Summer of skill-sharing launched and lessons being put forward, WeLearnLocal is here to support all types of instructors, from professional instructors to residents with skills or knowledge to share.
Search for lessons or find out how to share your skills.
The City College Coventry team at the launch of the Summer of skill-sharing, 21 July
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