Case study

Community learning pottery course helps Anne design and sell a range of homemade ceramics

Anne explains how a Community Learning pottery course helped her overcome social isolation and use her artistic skills.

Anne finishing a homemade pottery piece

Anne finishing a homemade pottery piece

As well as providing respite from her caring responsibilities, Ann says the pottery courses have helped her to socialise, developed her confidence and kept her mind active in retirement.

The pottery courses absolutely rescued me. Otherwise I would have had some kind of a breakdown.

Anne talks about her Community Learning course

This video is from the research report ‘Community learning: learner survey - after 2 years

Community Learning

Community Learning (CL) describes classes and other learning activities delivered by Local Authority adult education services, further education colleges and other learning providers. To be supported by public funding, they must meet national objectives.

These courses bring together adults of different ages and backgrounds to develop a skill, pursue an interest, prepare for progression to other courses or learn how to support their children more confidently. The learning often benefits families & the wider community, as well as the individual people who take part.

In 2014 to 2015, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is supporting community learning with a contribution of £210 million through the Community Learning budget.

Published 6 June 2014