Welcome to WEA South West

And the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland.

Founded in 1903, the WEA is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. With the support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 10,000 members, we deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life.

WEA South West delivers adult education courses across a very large geographical area, stretching from Penzance in the west to Bournemouth in the east and Gloucester to the north of the region.

We’re not like most other providers across the South West – we bring the education to you and it takes place in your own local meeting places.  And it’s also local people who plan what courses are provided through our volunteer-led branches or through our many partnerships with local community organisations who represent the needs of different groups in our society. This includes migrant organisations, housing associations, children’s centres, schools and health and welfare organisations.   

Some of our local venues and branches produce their own brochures: simply click to download a copy. To book online, simply call our support centre on 0300 303 3464 or pop your postcode into the search box at the bottom of this page. You can also search for the course reference number (beginning with C) to find and book the course.