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Learning local history through ESOL- WEA learners visit Aston Hall

In June learners from the Erdington Children’s Centre Spoken English class went on a trip to Aston Hall, a lovely building, dating back to the 17th century. The trip was part of a course which had as a key theme Getting to Know Your Local Area.

Student writes poem about her experience with the WEA

I really love your courses,

Like poetry and art,

The fantastic Sarah Tamar,

Has shown me where to start.

My friends and I adore her,

It’s very fair to say,

Our knowledge has expanded,

WEA course gives a learner confidence and takes away her inhibitions

“My first WEA course was a ten week drama course. I enjoyed this immensely and was disappointed when it did not continue after Christmas. So what next? Several people recommended the Painting and Poetry and I decided to go on that. ‘Fit can be Fun’ also began at this time. Yeah, sure it can. The only thing I run is a bath! I did not know if I would have enough motivation or stamina and anyway a ‘dodgy’ back would get in the way, wouldn’t it?

5 Ways to Wellbeing at the WEA Summer Festival

Summer festival 2013Over 80 learners, tutors, staff and volunteers attended the WEA West Midlands Summer Festival which was held in central Birmingham on the 6th July. The theme for the Summer Festival was ‘The 5 Ways to Wellbeing’.

Inequality and life expectancy- how WEA is working towards closing the gap

How long you will live is dependent on where you live, according to the latest data released by the Longer Lives project by Public Health England (PHE) on the mortality rates of 150 Local Authority Areas. 

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