WEA West Midlands and Dolphin Centre Awards

WEA West Midlands has formed successful community partnerships with the Dolphin Women’s Centre and Norton Hall Children and Family Centre, which have been positively maintained for the last 5 years. We have delivered a diverse range of courses for students in which to engage and progress on to including: Sewing, Functional Skills Numeracy, Community Interpreting, Drama and Gardening.

To celebrate the achievements of students attending these courses, WEA West Midlands held an event at the Dolphin Centre in Ward End in June. We are extremely proud of our Community Interpreting students and it was a delight that local councillor, Mohammed Aikhlaq, joined us to present students with their certificates. (See image above)

A Community Interpreter acts as bridge between communities and enables people to access services and situations, which would not otherwise be possible. In the area, there is a growing need for people to perform this role with a growing number of people arriving in and around Birmingham needing to access support from both statutory and voluntary organisations. We have been supporting our students on these courses so they have a greater opportunity to gain employment in this area. 

Earlier this academic year we ran two, level 1, accredited Community Interpreting Courses in partnership with the Dolphin Women’s Centre and Norton Hall Children and Family Centre. Our level 1 students tackled significant barriers to gain their qualification, developing their literacy and digital skills and balancing their academic work with home responsibilities. Indeed, many of the students who completed this course went on to study the level 2 course.

Importantly, some of our students are using their new skills at our partner venues to help members of their community. Maxine Mills, the manager at the Dolphin Women’s Centre, has noticed a step change in the way our students are approaching their volunteering roles.