Maximise access to community learning for adults, bringing new opportunities and improving lives, whatever people’s circumstances. Promote social renewal by bringing local communities together to experience the joy of learning and the pride that comes with achievement. Maximise the impact of community learning on the social and economic well-being of individuals, families and communities. Objectives:
Focus public funding on people who are disadvantaged and least likely to participate, including in rural areas and people on low incomes with low skills. Collect fee income from people who can afford to pay and use where possible to extend provision to those who cannot.
Widen participation and transform people’s destinies by supporting progression relevant to personal circumstances, e.g., improved confidence and willingness to engage in learning; acquisition of skills preparing people for training, employment or self-employment; improved digital, financial literacy and/or communication skills; parents/carers better equipped to support and encourage their children’s learning; improved/maintained health and/or social well-being.
Develop stronger communities, with more self-sufficient, connected and pro-active citizens, leading to: increased volunteering, civic engagement and social integration; reduced costs on welfare, health and anti-social behaviour; increased online learning and self organised learning; the lives of our most troubled families being turned around.