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Learning Champions
 
The Lifelong Learning Centre is proud to have a group of Learning Champions who feel passionately about widening access to university for adults from areas of low participation in Higher Education. Learning Champions are mature students from backgrounds where going to university is not the norm, and who volunteer as role models to inspire others by sharing their own stories.
 
Learning Champions regularly take part in aspiration-raising events with adults on the University campus and at community venues. The people who attend these events consistently tell us that listening to the Learning Champions has encouraged them to consider HE as a realistic option.
 
 
Learning Champions regularly take part in aspiration-raising events with adults on the University campus and at community venues. The people who attend these events consistently tell us that listening to the Learning Champions has encouraged them to consider HE as a realistic option.
 
Inspirational is not a powerful enough word for how impressed I was. She is rock-solid proof of what is possible – she had the same problems as me and gave me a real boost and great inspiration to really give it a go.
 
                             Adult learner at community event
 
 
Through working with groups, the Learning Champions develop their confidence and communication skills and make links with a wide range of external organisations which enhances their employability and social capital. Volunteering in a group also introduces them to other mature students from across the university, leading to informal peer mentoring.
 

 

Moreover; Learning Champion activities enable mature students to reflect on their life experience and to transform perceived barriers into a foundation for growth. They are broadening their social and political perspectives and using their voice to articulate how current policy affects their communities.

http://www.communitylearningchampions.org.uk/what-we-do
 
Furthermore;The Learning Champions also raise community workers’ awareness of the possibilities of HE for adults. They work in contexts as diverse as education, health, children’s services, trades unions, jobs and skills, housing and the wider voluntary sector.
 
We work with a lot of people who assume that university or moving on in education is not for them… Our learners always reflect on how inspiring it is to listen to a student who is similar to them, maybe from the same area, might have three or four children, and is doing what they want to do; and actually seeing somebody doing it and organising their life around their studying, their family and their work sows the seed for them that ‘if they can do it, why can’t I do it?’. It really is a ‘light bulb’ moment for some people.
 
WEA Tutor, Wakefield
 
http://www.wea.org.uk
 

Campaign for Learning The Campaign for Learning (www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk) is a national charity which aims to create a passion for learning that sustains people for life. Community Learning Champions Don’t forget to look regularly at your own Community Learning Champions website (www.communitylearningchampions.org.uk) – the dedicated website for CLCs, with a link to the CLC Facebook page. This toolkit has links to some key sources of information for your work, including the Excellence Gateway where you can find case studies and examples of effective practice. There are many more on the Resources page of the website.

Resources
On this page you will find a wide range of resources to help with setting up, running, and sustaining your Community Learning Champion (CLC) scheme.
 
If you have any queries, or would like to submit your own resources to share with the CLC website, please contact info@communitylearningchampions.org.uk.
 
 
Toolkits
Toolkits to support you in your role as a Community Learning Champion; and also for managers and other staff in organisations who want to set up, or are already developing, CLC schemes.
 
 
 
Training
Flexible training resources for Community Learning Champions featuring a training package designed by the WEA that can be adapted for use with diverse groups of adults working as CLCs,; and CPD Modules to support CLCs to develop their skills, reflect on their practice, and work effectively within their local communities.
 
 
 
Good Practice Framework
This framework has been developed for managers of Community Learning Champion schemes. It is designed to support successful establishment, implementation and development, by setting out the elements of good practice that contribute to an effective scheme.
 
 
 
Measuring Impact: What difference do CLCs make?
An introductory guide to impact measurement for Community Learning Champion schemes; this guide is designed to provide an introduction to the principles and approaches of impact measurement for CLC schemes.
 
 
 
Themes
This section is dedicated to Community Learnign Champion themes, covering learner target groups such as Lone Young Parents; Learners with Experience of Mental Health Difficulties; Functional Skills, English and Maths learners. Keep a look out for new themes in this section.
 
 
 
Case Studies
The National Support Programme has produced a series of case studies to show the good and effective practice developed by current schemes. The case studies focus on the impact that CLCs have had on learners, learning and communities, and identify the factors that have made the schemes successful. They are designed to enthuse and inspire other schemes. Contact details are included so that you can follow up on areas of interest.
 
Paul
http://www.communitylearningchampions.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/CLCToolkit.pdf
Community Learning Champions
website (www.communitylearningchampions.org.uk).
 
USEFUL LINKS
Directgov – Next Step Careers Advice
http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise
learndirect (online learning courses)
Creating accessible learning materials
 
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