Active Voices Boldon and Cleadon Library

Ref: C2524673

Active Voices courses are codesigned with students. Courses offer students the chance to pause and consider what they want to find out about, or spend more time reflecting on or learn to do as we get older. A taster session for this course held in January included a quiz about ageing which knocked some common myths on the head. There was general agreements that students were in the middle of some kind of transition since most students are beginning to engage in a different kind of life e.g. post retirement. While not set in stone it was agreed that some key themes were shared and they will help structure the rest of the course. The themes are: Exploring and understanding mental illness associated with ageing including dementia; self-development - getting in touch with our creative minds and creative selves; improving our know how on getting funding for the organisations we support; staying well and being resilient as we get older.

Course aim

Introduce people aged 50 plus to new ways of thinking about themselves and the many different ways they can engage with civic life - from contributing to where they live to getting their voices/views heard about something they feel strongly about

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand more about myself and what inspires me
  • Have a better understanding about ageing
  • Identify some changes I want to make personally and in my community

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Marked only in the sense that there may be some helpful comments made! There will be no formal marking at all.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Active Voices Boldon and Cleadon Library


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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