Community groups matter - start your own with WEA Older and Wiser project

Ref: C2339545

This course will help you to pin down if and how to create a group that will serve your interests and attract others to join you too. The course will enable participants to consider why they might wish to launch or re-imagine a local community group. It will include aims, objectives, planning, finance and funding, management techniques, volunteer recruitment, support and supervision, activities, events and monitoring. It will cover administration, assessment and partnerships. Most of all it will aim to equip, encourage and inspire you and enable you to have FUN! It will seek after ways to be innovative, creative, practical and to realise with others ways to be genuinely useful within your local community.

Additional information about this course

Older and Wiser project course for people over 50 living in Leicester city. Part of Leicester Ageing Together. Please call 0116 3660926 for more information and to book a place.

Course aim

This course aims to give students opportunity to consider a variety of aspects of launching and managing a local community group.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Evaluate ways to advance a cause or interest alongside others.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the important things to consider in establishing and maintaining a local community organisation.
  • Confidently work with others that share a common interest or passion in developing a vision for enabling local people to thrive.
  • Plan and prepare creatively and practically to find, fund and use resources to advance your cause.
  • Confidently demonstrate the values and benefits of your group to the wider community, funders and partners.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Community groups matter - start your own with WEA Older and Wiser project


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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