Full Time: 28 hours per week (0.8 FTE)
Salary: Grade 4 £25,586 - £27,483 per annum,
Fixed Term Until June 2020.
With the support of nearly 400 local branches, 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 part-time tutors and our active membership, the WEA provides high quality, student-centred and tutor-led education for adults from all walks of life. We bring education into the heart of communities, helping people learn whatever the want – from maths, English and skills for employment, through health and wellbeing courses, to cultural studies that help students broaden their horizons and community engagement programmes that encourage active citizenship.
We believe learning is for everyone and learning is for life. It helps people feel that anything is possible. It can be life-enhancing and life-changing – improving health, self-confidence and creating positive changes that ripple out from individuals to communities.
WEA Women in the Highlands has received funding from Impact Funding Partners through the Promoting Equality and Community Cohesion Fund. The WITH project will lay the foundations for four self-governing and sustainable groups for women in the Highlands. Through the founding of these groups, women will be encouraged and empowered to participate in and engage with services and civic society. Links to the Women’s Equality Steering group via a Highland satellite cluster will lead to increased community cohesion and recognition.
WEA Women in the Highlands is a development of the WEA Women@Work project, which has worked in the Highlands to remove barriers caused by rural isolation, poverty and inequality, to give women a voice at home, at work and in the wider community.
Evidence from the WEA Women@Work project indicates that women’s confidence issues are deep-rooted, with feedback showing a clear need in the Highlands for places where women can come together to learn, to give and receive support, and to discuss the issues important to them without fear of having their conversation shut down.
Rural isolation is a barrier for women across the Highlands. Bringing women together and giving them time and space for their own needs is empowering and leads to increased community cohesion. Women in the Highlands have a need for places where they can be recognised, contribute ideas and have their voices heard. Having a supportive and positive environment will lead to a greater sense of community and belonging.
The post holder is supported by a Project Co-ordinator and is managed by the Area Education Manager.
To apply for this post please submit a cover letter and cv to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the closing date of 12th May 2019. Interviews are likely to take place week commencing 20th May 2019.