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Bids Invited From Local Organisations For Adult Community Learning Grants

Voluntary and community organisations providing education and learning opportunities for adults on the Island are invited to bid for grant funding of a share of £25,000.

The Isle of Wight Council’s Adult Community Learning Service has set out a new prospectus for 2024/25 detailing the scheme. The service provides opportunities that engage adults in learning, with a focus on those who have benefited least from the formal education system.

Bids are invited from any enterprise that will use funding to deliver services that widen access to adult learning opportunities. Organisations that are successful in their bids will be expected to deliver on various outcomes, including:

  • Helping people who are disadvantaged and least likely to participate in learning.
  • Improving the gaining of skills. These skills must prepare people for further education, training or employment. This may include achievement of qualifications.
  • Developing stronger communities by promoting cultural diversity, equality of opportunity, volunteering and involvement in local decision making.
  • Delivering a range of universal and targeted family learning courses and workshops enabling parents/carers to support children’s learning and to develop resilience within families.
  • Developing innovative programmes to support Multiply, a government funded numeracy project. Multiply will help adults understand and use maths in daily life, at home and in work.

Councillor Jonathan Bacon, cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Corporate Functions said: “I am pleased that our Adult Community Learning Service are once again able to support local organisations with grant funding opportunities for islanders to engage with adult learning activities.”

“Learning is a continuous journey and enriches us at every point in our lives; everyone should have the opportunity to access ways of gaining new skills and qualifications which can encourage community cohesion, independence and equal opportunities.”

For more information and to obtain a copy of the prospectus and an application pack, contact Rob Brindley in the Adult Community Learning Service by emailing [email protected] or calling 01983 817280.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 3pm, on Friday 28th June 2024.

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