When people have the opportunity to learn in their own communities, it helps them make positive changes for themselves and their families, and to take control of their lives. This is what our research(NIACE England site) in England reviewing the Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF) found. CLIF – a £4 million grants fund from the Skills Funding Agency, administered by The Learning and Work Institute – funded almost 100 community learning projects which engaged over 15,000 learners.
As part of CLIF’s evaluation, we also produced a number of reports (The Learning and Work Institute England site) outlining the positive impact of community learning on volunteering, digital inclusion, employability, families, health, and socially vulnerable groups.
In England, The Learning and Work Institute has been supporting Community Learning Reform, delivering a support programme to assist providers with the implementation the Community Learning Reform website (England) provides a source of information, resources, materials, case studies and guidance documents.
In Wales, The Learning and Work Institute supports the Adult Community Learning Partnership, a network of managers and practitioners delivering Adult Community Learning through local authorities and Further Education Institutions. Many of the learner stories collected through the national Inspire Awards recognise the value of community based learning.