Our doors are always open. Like other organisations and charities, we have a large and vibrant volunteer base. We have a proud tradition as a voluntary organisation.
Our volunteers are vital to us and give their time to make a difference in their communities.
Volunteers are at the heart of our work, and are vital to supporting the growth of adult education across England and Scotland. From organising courses through our branches and Scottish local associations to supporting our learners in the classroom and helping to find and share good new stories from across the WEA.
We currently have around 1,900 volunteers who take on a variety of roles for us. Our volunteer roles match your skills, interests and personal development goals.
These roles include:
- Branch members, who arrange and promote local courses through our extensive branch network
- Community outreach volunteers, who promote adult learning, particularly in disadvantaged communities
- Classroom support volunteers who help learners develop essential life and/or work skills. They can also support individuals with specific physical or learning difficulties
- Class secretaries and learner representatives, who gather feedback from learners. This ensures that our courses are meeting their needs, and we continue to improve our offer
- Activists, who organise promotional and fundraising events for us, and
- Volunteers who take on formal governance roles. Each WEA region and Scotland has its own governance committees. They rely upon the time and expertise from volunteers. They have local knowledge and a passion for lifelong learning. At a national level, the WEA Trustee body are all volunteers.