WEA Birstall and Rothley Branch Website

WEA Birstall and Rothley Branch

The WEA - Workers’ Educational Association

The WEA is the largest voluntary provider of adult education in the United Kingdom. The voluntary and democratic traditions of the WEA have created an approach that is unique in adult education.

Our Purpose

We provide courses and classes for adults and we aim to interest men and women in their own continued education and in education in general. We believe that education is not merely a means to personal development but also vital to the health of democratic society.

The Local Branch

Everyone who attends a WEA course is encouraged to contribute to the planning of future courses and events. The officers and committee are elected annually from within the Branch membership and this involvement of students ensures that our programmes represent the needs of the community. The Branch also organises social activities to include members’ families and friends.

WEA Courses

Our courses are open to all adults. There are no entry requirements and many courses assume little or no previous knowledge of the subject being studied. Subjects cover a wide range of what is traditionally called `liberal studies’: history, music, social and political studies, visual arts, science, literature, archaeology and natural history.

At our own community education centre at 101 Hinckley Road, in the west end of Leicester, we run a large programme of personal development courses and provision targeted at people with learning difficulties, women returners and any adults seeking to re-enter education. The WEA has two well-equipped computer labs there to provide an introduction to IT in an informal and friendly environment - a facility much appreciated by people in the area.
In Leicester we also provide pre retirement courses, a range of classes for people with visual impairment, “Helping in schools” for parents who wish to become involved with their children’s education and “Multicultural Mosaic” a popular course exploring the rich cultural diversity of the city.

The WEA Class

A syllabus or course programme is worked out in a partnership between tutor and students. It is a democratic venture between experienced tutors, with support from professional staff and the Branch.

The WEA District

The East Midland District of the WEA covers Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and most of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The District Office (Regional Headquarters) is based in Nottingham where the District Secretary (Regional Manager) is supported by field and office staff. The District oversees the provision of more than 750 courses for over 10,000 students each year.

Birstall and Rothley Branch current courses
The local branch is currently running courses during the Autumn term 2000 at the Rothley Centre and Longslade Community College. Subjects include Archaeology, The grand tour of Europe in the 18th century, 20th century art and Colour in art. We are working in conjunction with the Birstall library to provide free internet training and access for students on our courses. Information about our courses is available from the Branch Secretary and from Birstall and Rothley libraries.


Birstall & Rothley Branch Contacts:
Branch Secretary: Mrs Franca Freeman
112 Station Road, Cropston, Leicester LE7 7HE
Tel. 0116 2362566
Email: francafreeman@hotmail.com

Branch Treasurer: John Laurance
35 Seagrave Road, Sileby, Leics, LE12 7TN
Tel. 01509 813005

Leicestershire Contacts:
County Organiser: Mrs Diana Corps
WEA Office, Brooksby Melton College, Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0HJ
Tel: 01664 566816
Email: omelton@wea.org.uk

Leicester and surrounding suburbs: Cherry Heinrich BA MA
WEA Office, Vaughan College, St Nicholas Circle, Leicester, LE1 4LB
Tel: 0116 2519740
Email: cheinrich@wea.org.uk

Leicester Inner City Project: Frances Pollard JP BA MEd
WEA Adult Education Centre, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester, LE3 0TD
Tel: 0116 2556614
Email: fpollard@wea.org.uk

District Office: The District Secretary
39 Mapperley Road, Nottingham, NG3 5AQ
Tel: 0115 9628400
Email: officeeastmid@wea.org.uk

Workers’ Educational Association East Midland District charity no. 314001

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