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“I hated school it just wasn’t for me. I served just over 2 years in prison. I first got involved with the WEA from our local children’s centre. I was really nervous. I wasn’t sure if they would even want to teach me because of my past. But it didn’t matter. They weren’t bothered what I had done; they were bothered what I am now…”

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50,000+ students supported by 10,000+ members and volunteers every year…

I want to make sure James and his fellow
students enjoy learning. I take the time 
to listen to their stories!

Fatima - WEA Tutor

It has stretched me and given me a thirst for the literature I have not
been introduced to before. It feels like a late second chance,
I was capable of more but my education did not provide it when young.

Jane – WEA Student

The WEA is now thriving in Rochdale. Why? The community needs us and supports us.  

Rehana - WEA Tutor

The WEA has been a life saver to me - motivating me to get out of the house and distracting me from chronic pain.

John – WEA Student

They always feel intimidated. My first job is to make them feel comfortable and ready to learn.

Rebecca - WEA Tutor

I first went on a WEA course after fleeing from domestic abuse and losing my home and moving to a new area in emergency accommodation.  It was a real life line for me and helped me enormously.

Juliana – WEA Student

It’s easy to take for granted how lucky you are to be working full time.

Ian - WEA Volunteer (Lloyds Volunteer Partnership)

Our tutor, made it so easy. He has this amazing way of making you learn without you knowing you’re doing it.

Debbie – WEA Student

I’ll encourage them to have a good blether. What usually comes out is they had a bad experience of mainstream education.

Ross - WEA Tutor

The tutor was fantastic, he listened brilliantly and had great wisdom and advice that I'm sure has helped with my confidence in pursuing a career in education.

Amy – WEA Student

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