Since 1903, when the WEA was founded, volunteers have been involved in our educational provision, and our work to promote the value of, and campaign for, lifelong learning.
It is due to our volunteers, that the WEA is sometimes referred to as an 'adult education movement'. Our branch network and branch education programme, particularly, revolve around the support of our volunteers. Without WEA branch volunteers we would be unable to run such an extensive adult education programme in many locations.
In addition, we are governed at a national level by a Trustee body comprising volunteers, and each WEA region has its own governance committees, all of which rely upon the contribution of time and expertise from volunteers with local knowledge and an interest in lifelong learning.
Currently, we have over one thousand volunteers actively involved in our work. Our volunteer roles are varied, and differ by location and branch, depending on local need. Volunteers help to arrange local courses, promote and publicise courses, join governance committees and carry out a range of tasks from administration to running local events.
You can get a flavour of the kind of activities undertaken, by reading our volunteer profiles.
Over the next few months we will be increasing the information, on this website, about WEA volunteering opportunities.
In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out about possible opportunities locally to you, please contact your local WEA region.