The WEA is the largest voluntary provider of adult education in the UK. It is a 21st Century, democratic, voluntary education movement, committed to widening participation and to enabling people to realise their full potential through learning. Ever since it was founded in 1903, in order to support the educational needs of working men and women, the WEA has maintained its commitment to provide access to education and learning for adults from all backgrounds, and in particular those who have previously missed out on education.
It is one of the UK's biggest charities, and operates at local, regional and national levels. Through these local and regional centres, today's WEA now runs over 10,000 courses a year, providing learning for more than 110,000 adults of all ages and drawn from all walks of life. Courses are created and delivered in response to local need, often in partnership with local community groups and organisations.
There is a proud tradition of voluntary and democratic practice within the Association, which is, at heart, controlled by its members. At Branch, Regional and National levels, voluntary members are involved in the planning and provision of courses, as well as the governance of the Association.
Any student or member of staff or supporter of the WEA may become a member. Membership is open to all and is free of charge to volunteers. It is a statement of support for the work of the Organisation. You can find out more about membership on the WEA website.
The WEA is supported by the Government through funding from the Learning and Skills Council in England, and in Scotland by the Scottish Executive and Local Authorities. We also raise funds from a variety of other sources.
The Workers' Educational Association is a charity registered in England and Wales, number 1112775, and in Scotland, number SC039239, and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, number 2806910. © 2019 Workers Educational Association