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Memory Cafe @ Costa Coffee - Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Retouched photo of a family on holiday stood next to a caravan. Slightly blurred with paint effect.

Here at WEA North West we've been running Memory Cafe events for quite a while and we're always amazed at how much it helps those living with dementia and their carers. So we're very pleased to anounce our next ‘Memory Cafe@Costa Coffee' on Tuesday the 2nd September 2014. The theme for the session will be around our 'Summer Holiday' memories. What was your favourite holiday? Where did you go? What did you do? Why did always seem to be sunny back then?

WEA Sustainabiity on Merseyside

Sefton Palm House under a dark, moody sky


About the WEA: As the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education the WEA is in a prime position to make a real practical contribution to sustainable development.

4th Annual WEA / COSC Photography Exhibition

Brenda Barry opening the WEA / COSC Photography Exhibition

Today (Tuesday) was the grand opening of the 4th annual WEA / COSC photographic exhibition at Egremont Market Hall, organised by WEA tutor Donna Brookes. Members attended from both Cleator Moor COSC (Copeland Occupational & Social Centre) and Allerdale COSC (Maryport) as well as staff from WEA and guest exhibitors BAT (Beating Addiction Together). We also had the pleasure of family and friends dropping in all day. Entertainment was provided in the afternoon by COSC member Philip Nixon and the wonderful acoustic duo Sue and Lisa Chapin-Wickwar.

ESF Grants - Round 7 Is Now Open

A red running track with the word start printed in large letters

As an adult education body we're best known for running courses as you'd expect but that's not all we do, far from it. We are also in charge of distributing millions of pounds worth of European Social Fund grants to community projects all over the North West. This money helps people make a real difference on the ground and we're proud to be a part of that.

New Tutor Handbook Available Now

Close up photo of someone taking notes at a conference with pad and pen

The new WEA Tutor Handbook for 2014-15 is available now! It contains information on how to keep in touch with us, get support and complete course paperwork. It also contains tips and hints on making the most of your course, helpful resources and more.


If you're a tutor download a copy today and see what it has to offer.

Southport Art Exhibition A Resounding Success

A close up of students and visitors examining the work at the gallery

The Learning Stars group recently held an art exhibition in partnership with WEA at a gallery in Southport. The event was a big success with many people in attendance, including our own Regional Education Manager Julie Ballantyne. Julie takes up the story in her own words...

"On Wednesday 24th July I attended an event in Southport held by a WEA learning group called 'Learning Stars'. The group, along with the help of WEA staff (Julie James and Linda Brunt) had managed to persuade a local art gallery: the ‘Art House’ to host a stunning display of their work comprising of collages about common plants such as nettles and dandelions, as well as really colourful displays of birds, and some amazing self-portraits (Warhol style). The result was an outstanding display of vibrant colours and textures."

Saturday Day Schools in Disley, Autumn 2014

An external photo of the Quaker Meeting House in Disley, Cheshire. For full photo credit please see the full post.

The following special events are organised directly by the Disley Branch and held at Ring O’ Bells Quaker Meeting House, Ring O’ Bells Lane, Disley SK12 2AG. Booking essential as detailed below.

Alexander Technique Day School

Tutor: Jane Osgood

Saturday 4 October 2014 --- 10.00am - 4.00pm

Fee: £25.00 including tea and coffee but not lunch

Please telephone 01625 877 255 to book for this event only


Our New Autumn 2014 Brochure Is Out!

A copy of the front cover of the 2014 brochure, a blue gid layout with pictures of various areas of the North West region

Every year we produce a variety of brochures to help promote our courses and our mission. Usually this takes the form of multiple brochures for different locations across the region, but this time we've complied them all into one giant North West mega-brochure, and it's available now!

Printed copies are being distributed throughout the region as we speak but you can also grab yourself a digital copy by heading to our brochure page.

WEA Student Art Exhibition In Cheshire

WEA art students in Cheshire working on their pieces for a class

We'd like to invite you to an exhibition of student work from three WEA classes held at Hoole Community Centre, Chester. The classes are taught by Judy Gough and include Starting with Abstract Art, Continuing Abstract Art and Life Drawing. All are very welcome - come and see the range of excellent work the students have created over the last year. The event is totally FREE to attend.

Wednesday 23rd July 1-6 pm, Hoole Community Centre, WESTMINSTER ROAD, HOOLE, CH2 3AU

Liverpool Dementia Project Recognised

WEA Regional Director Greg Coyne presents the Health & Wellbeing award to Merseytravel Chairman Councillor Liam Robinson

You may have read about our recent Adult Learners' Week celebration held in Liverpool. The event also acknowledged the end of the WEA’s Liverpool Dementia Project, developed with £5000 of funding from Merseytravel. The project delivered a range of outputs including a city wide consultation on dementia, 18 memory café events and awareness training delivered to frontline travel, transport and customer service staff.