The Omega Centre is a modern adult learning facility based in a grand Victorian building in Southsea, Portsmouth.
The Centre has been part of the City's education landscape since it first opened its doors as a Victorian 'board' school in 1882. The WEA took over the management of the building in 2008 and undertook a programme of major refurbishment. It is now regarded as one of Portsmouth's foremost adult education centres.
The building’s redevelopment into a 21st century arts and education centre was largely possible thanks to the Jeffery-Machin Foundation (JMF) and support from Portsmouth City Council. The JMF was the legacy of Canon Ivor Jeffery-Machin and his wife, Brenda. Canon Jeffery-Machin worked for the WEA as a part-time tutor from 1940 until 1984; both he and Brenda were great believers in the value of lifelong and community learning.
The Omega Centre welcomes adults of all ages and abilities and has courses in the following:-
ESOL for students who do not have English as a first language – The Centre offers all levels from Entry 1 to Level 2, both non-accredited and accredited courses throughout the year. There are also free volunteer-led English conversation groups.
English and Maths – Students join a course to improve ability and/or work towards a qualification in Functional maths or Functional English.
IT courses – The Centre offers friendly and supportive classes to anyone who is interested in learning more about how to use a computer. Whether they are a beginner or looking for something a little more challenging, the Centre can help. There is also a free IT drop-in session.
Community courses – In City and Guilds Level 1 Community Interpreting, Confidence and Assertiveness and Pilates.
Pottery and Ceramics – With classes that develop and inspire creative thinking whether you are a beginner or an improver. Students have access to a specialist studio with a kiln and potters’ wheels.
Arts and Crafts – The Centre offers vibrant and exciting arts and craft courses in card making, felt making, watercolour, acrylic and creative painting, papier mache, jewellery making and much more.
Print Making and Screen Printing – Students have the opportunity to explore the different techniques for developing screen prints, initially using paper and hand painted stencils. Workshops also include etching, linocut and much more.
Day Schools - The Centre is launching a range of Day Schools on the subjects of Ancient Egypt and Renaissance Art. For more details about these courses please click on the link below:
The Centre also has rooms for hire at favourable rates.
More information about current courses and workshops can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WEAPortsmouth/
Watch the video below of Omega Centre student and volunteer Jane talking about her positive experiences of learning with us. We hope to see you soon!