WEA Membership

The WEA and you – a true partnership

We believe all adults should have access to the opportunities of education, right on their doorstep. With 2,000+ dedicated tutors, 3,000+ active volunteers and supportive members, we spread our impact nationwide - with every new voice making us louder!

Challenging times

The context in which we are working is undoubtedly challenging:

  • 9.6 million adults lack basic numeracy skills
  • 8.1 million adults lack basic literacy skills
  • 11.5 million adults lack basic digital skills
  • The impact of the digital revolution, climate change and artificial intelligence

Together, we believe in access to adult learning for all.
We believe in lifelong learning for all.
And, we believe adult learning counts towards a better, fairer society for all. See why our work matters.

Why become a member?

Since we were founded in 1903, the WEA has always campaigned to raise awareness of how adult education can transform individuals and society. Our members support this mission and help make us heard where it matters most. In return, they feel inspired and connected within our vibrant movement.

As a WEA member you can ...

  • Show your support for a movement that has championed the importance of high quality adult education for over 100 years.
  • Have your say in how the WEA is run and what we offer. Members are encouraged to have a voice. Your views will shape the WEA and the future of adult education in the UK - through actively participating in your community and beyond.
  • Get involved. As a member, you’ll be connected to your local branch or group where you can volunteer and attend local events, if you wish. Find new friends and bring along old ones!

Become a WEA member

If you are committed to supporting our mission of transforming lives, communities and your society through adult education, join our membership today.

For your £15 annual membership fee* you will receive:

  • monthly e-newsletters
  • access to an exclusive members online account
  • a membership card and 
  • our Highway magazine twice a year

Members are also welcome for free at some local meetings and events – including our members’ annual conference.

The application process is very simple. You can apply and pay online or by post. If paying by post, please download and complete the form and send it along with a cheque to the membership team. If you decide to set up a direct debit, you can also download the form from the link below, which reduces our administration costs, and post it to us, or simply get in touch with our membership team on membership@wea.org.uk. 

* Are you under 25 or a current WEA volunteer? Do you receive means-tested benefit? Then you get free membership with the WEA. Apply online and select the free membership, if applicable.