Open Programmes Highlands

Our open programme in Highland is normally advertised to the general public and organised either by a member of our staff or through our local associations.  These courses are subsidised by our local authority partners Highlife Highland through a Service Level Agreement.   Our open programmes and courses sometimes have a small fee to attend which is paid for by the individual learners.   

Mindkind

Student led art group

We aim to enable a positive group experience by providing a communal art space where artists can share ideas, work on projects and improve their creative practices. The goal is that the group will be peer led; allowing a less structured approach to sessions and allowing a potential sense of ownership within the group itself. At the core of the course is simply a safe space to make art with like minded individuals.

Environmental art

The Environmental Art class is designed to get learners out and about and at one creatively with Mother Nature. Our aim is to explore the long standing links between the outdoors, therapeutic art and overall wellbeing. We provide an opportunity for inclusive and supportive group work, where learners can experience art making in a natural environment. The course improves confidence and broadens art practices whilst raising better awareness of our great outdoors.

WEA Learning Circles start-up course

Wish your WEA course would last a little bit longer? Now you can make it happen. This course can be used as an add-on to an existing course or programme of learning. Groups will develop the skills, knowledge and structures required to continue shaping their own learning through running autonomous ‘Learning Circles’. Learning circles will meet regularly to work on projects of their own choice and may request tutor-input in the future, where appropriate, and as funds allow.

Creative Writing

Through getting involved in a range of creative writing projects, learners will develop a closer relationship to, and pleasure in, their own writing. Placing learners at the centre of their learning, no two WEA Creative Writing courses are alike. Past projects have seen learners publish books of their work, perform at venues throughout Glasgow or go on to take part in a variety of further learning.

Each Creative Writing Course run by the WEA is unique, responding to the needs and desires of each particular group.

Open Programmes Edinburgh and Lothians

To make available stimulating and enjoyable adult learning opportunities to people from across Edinburgh and further afield. 

A range of programmes and courses are available at central venues across the city. Many of the courses run several times per year and benefit from having hugely experienced and committed tutors. Courses and subjects include:   

▪ Exploring Scottish Literature
Fun, friendly and informative course exploring the and celebrating the vast treasures to be found within the many centuries of Scottish Literature.

Social Studies Discussion Group

The course aims ot build confidence and self esteem of students, and increase understanding of local and world events

This discussion group will give group members a chance to have a closer look at things that affect our everyday lives - what's on TV or in the papers, the things people do and why they do them, events in the local community or national and international affairs.

Feedback

"Being involved in this course has let me be more confident in myself and was able to speak out for myself in front of other people"

Sharing Lives Sharing Languages

This project aims to increase the social connections and opportunities for non-native English speakers -  in this instance Syrian New Scots -  to use their English outside the classroom, using a peer education approach to encourage  participation in collective actions to the benefit of the group and the local community.

Reach Out

The Reach Out project aims to help those who engage improve literacy and numeracy skills, reduce social isolation, improve mental and physical health, improve IT skills and employability chances. This is all done through facilitating various classes/courses as appropriate. The project is student led/student centred and the courses are facilitated through student input, ideas and help.

The project is open to both males and females, aged 16+.

Programmes open to the public

Our open programmes and courses usually have a small fee to attend which is paid for by the individual learners.  They are generally advertised to the general public and could be organised either by a member of our staff or through our student groups, branches and local associations.  To keep the costs low for individuals, some are subsidised by our local authority partners through Service Level Agreements.