This week is Adult Learners Week in Northern Ireland (running from 12-18 May) organised to highlight the importance of adult learnign and encourage local people to get involved. 

Recognising the importance of adult education, the Big Lottery Fund, since 2004, has awarded over £25 million to priojects across Northern Ireland supporting adult education and learning. 

Projects like the Women’s Centre’s Regional Partnership (pic above) which offers local women, families and communities a chance to develop skills, boost their confidence and self-esteem and improve their lifestyle.

Funded with £994,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Live and Learn programme, the project runs training and education courses in  women centres across Northern Ireland.

It gives women the opportunity to take part in programmes including ICT, Aromatherapy and Administration and Childcare, as well as 1-1 mentoring, helping to boost their confidence and self esteem and improving their qualifications and job opportunities.

The courses offered by the project work with women who can feel isolated and excluded and who may have a low level of self confidence. 

All of the courses are delivered in an encouraging, welcoming and supportive learning environment, giving women the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge and resulting in increased confidence and higher self esteem.  The project also supports the women involved by giving them childcare support and 1-1 mentoring.

To learn more about the support offered by the Women’s Centres Regional Partnership, vist:

To find out what events are being run during Adult Learners Week or to access info about adult learning  in your community, visit EGSA’s (Education Guidance Service for Adults) wesbite:


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