Who we are and what we do 

We are the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education and we believe that lifelong learning can and must be part of the answer to our society’s current challenges.  At the WEA, we’ve been making good things happen since 1903 and have over 100 years’ experience of local delivery across Greater Manchester. 

Our provision spans the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester taking place in 91 community centres and spaces. In 2017-2018 we taught more than 2,600 students (59% of those were new to the WEA) on 414 part-time courses in Greater Manchester.

Our students travelled an average of 1.9 miles to their WEA course across Greater Manchester and 96% of our learners were from disadvantaged areas.

It is through the WEA’s key themes of employability, health and wellbeing, community engagement and culture that our approach seamlessly aligns to Greater Manchester’s growth agenda.

Learn more about the WEA in Greater Manchester.

See where we teach across Greater Manchester.

Transforming lives in the region

The WEA has provided much-needed services within our deprived community in Glodwick. I hope the WEA continue to support centres like ours and most importantly, help the very low skilled communities that we serve on a daily basis.

Mohammed Alyas, Pakistani Community Centre, Oldham

The WEA is a valuable resource to our community. It has enabled the people we support to try new things, learn new skills, have fun and increase their sense of wellbeing.

Michelle Phillips, Each Step, Blackley

The Manchester Chinese Centre together with WEA has successfully delivered ESOL and interpreting courses for wider community. Learners have progressed well to date and have all been successful in achieving job interviews and moving towards employment.

Jenny Wong, Manchester Chinese Centre

The WEA tutors provide a valuable service to the members at the Centre. Many of our members have anxiety and would not access these classes in a college setting. The WEA provides our members with the opportunity to not only gain more skills and knowledge but to grow in confidence.

Deborah Cassar-Egan, The Creative Living Centre, Prestwich