Working with socially and economically disadvantaged adults along with members of marginalised communities, the WEA runs courses to help students appreciate political and social issues. Our active citizenship programmes encourage greater participation in democratic decision-making while our community volunteering courses empower students to take a stronger role in civil society.


Many of our community engagement courses are run in partnership with other organisations as well as through our volunteer-led branches. To find out more about what is happening in your area, contact your local WEA office or become a member to get involved in our campaigns.


Interested in working with the WEA on community engagement programmes? Download our Community Engagement Prospectus or visit our Who we work with pages to find out more.

Our Impact

Impact on active citizenship

Engaging with the environment

The Counting on a Greener Scotland (COGS) learning pack provides interesting, relevant numeracy and environmental resources designed for adult learners with wide ranging needs and interests. 

It embodies the WEA ethos through inspiring active citizenship regarding environment, aiming to stimulate connections between environmental topics, numeracy skills, learners' lives and their awareness of local and global impacts.

Developed with the support of Education Scotland, the WEA worked with meteorologist and educational consultant, Heather Reid, and the Glasgow Science Centre to ensure accurate, high quality scientific information. Use of the pack was piloted with Glasgow Science Centre.

The partnership between WEA Scotland and Glasgow Science Centre has led to a community engagement programme, supported by the Scottish Government, extending learning opportunities to adults in other science centres across Scotland in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee.

Why Vote?

For over 100 years, the WEA has encouraged generations of students and volunteers to become active citizens in their communities. This is part of our mission for 'a better world - equal, democratic and just'

In 2014, we launched our updated Why Vote? campaign to encourage more democratic engagement ahead of the next general election. This included developing the WEA’s first Manifesto ahead of the election as well as events across the country to encourage voting and voter registration.