Craft in the City


For those of you who know our respected tutor Nikki England, you are in for a treat. With a different hat on Nikki will have a stand at Waterstone’s Craft in the City event on the 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th December in Nottingham. Pop along and say hello. Visit for more details.

A summary of Copyright privileges and restrictions for WEA tutors

A tutor recently asked us to confirm what she could and couldn’t show under the terms of the WEA’s Educational Recording Agency (ERA) licence. Many thanks to Chris Reed and Rick Marshall-Pearce for helping to source this handy primer prepared for the WEA by Anne Creed in 2014. I sincerely hope that you find this helpful when planning sessions.

Kind regards

Copyright summary

This sheet summarises our rights and obligations under three licences the WEA holds nationally that allow us to copy and distribute copyrighted material for educational purposes. Continue reading

Older and Wiser: Calling Tutors!

Little information piece in the news recently – Office for National Statistics research shows a 23% rise in the number of 45-64 year olds living on their own and 22% rise in those 65-74 living alone. The Health Secretary has said “it’s a ‘national shame’ that as many as 800,000 people in England were ‘chronically lonely’”.

The WEA already contributes positively to older people engaging with others and within their community. The ‘Older & Wiser’ project gives us the opportunity to do even more and for tutors to test out different approaches that help to get people on board at whatever level they feel able.

Sally Hall and Jan Meredith of the Older & Wiser Team are seeking tutors for:

Some of you have already joined us in delivering taster sessions at events in Thurncourt, Belgrave, Wycliffe and the Big Event.  Thank You!  These have included Family History, drumming, IT, gardening, singing & craft.

Tutors are now being sought for open days at St Matthews Tenants & Residents Association, and Highfields Community Centre in January.  Further events to follow in Evington, and Belgrave and a small number of courses will be trialled next term.

Tutors for Older & Wiser are sought for:

  • Volunteer induction and associated skills for WEA and LAT volunteers from other partner agencies
  • ESOL & everyday English
  • Skills for employment and job seeking
  • Health, wellbeing, nutrition
  • Exercise – various, would like to offer different options
  • IT, digital skills – not qualification
  • Craft – all sorts
  • Sewing

Get in touch with offers, availability, ideas.

Sally 0116 3660925/07500 761919

Jan 0116 3660926

Embedding and Teaching Equality and Diversity in ESOL courses.

The following article was sent to me for dissemination by WEA tutor Zara Handley. I am sharing it on her behalf and sincerely hope you find it interesting whether you are an ESOL tutor or work into a different curriculum area.

Embedding and Teaching Equality and Diversity in ESOL courses.

I have tried it and it works. I joined the project ‘Better for everyone’ in 2013 and embedded Equality and Diversity issues in one of my ESOL classes for whole term. It raised huge awareness amongst the students who are getting ready to work, study and become a part of UK society. At the end, I received highly positive responses from my students, claiming how useful it was, and that they’ve learnt something they didn’t know before.  Continue reading

We need your help

Our spring/summer brochures will be with us shortly – we anticipate their arrival in our  offices late in the week beginning 23rd November.

We’ll all be working hard to get our brochures out to our current students, libraries and other places in our local areas. However, we are always looking for new places to take a few brochures and so would welcome your ideas and suggestions.

For example there will be  lots of fayres and seasonal events  happening over the next few weeks; will you be attending one?  or visiting a local community centre to see a show or pantomime? could you leave a few brochures?

5 or 10 brochures left in new places could attract the one or two students we need to make your course viable … we will try our upmost to spread our publicity as far and wide as we can .. but there is so little time between now and  spring course starts – a little help and/or suggestions from your will help us immensely.

Thank you.

Art/craft tutor needed urgently!

I am looking for a tutor to run some art/craft courses in Derby on a Friday. We are working with an organisation supporting women  and one of the courses we are running is art/craft based – at the moment recycling materials of all kinds to make things. The current tutor is moving on at the end of this term and so I am looking for someone to carry on the work, starting in the New Year. There are no hard and fast expectations about content and the course is as much about building confidence as anything. To possibly make this  even more attractive we are also starting work in a primary school close by doing the same sort of session – the main aim being to encourage parents to come into the school to use the community room and as a hook to get them back into learning. The time slot for this is Friday morning and for the other course is a Friday afternoon. Doing both sessions might be more worthwhile in terms of time?

If you are interested then please get back to me or give me a ring and I can tell you a bit more. 01332 224259


I have pleasure in inviting you to the WEA EM Region AGM on Saturday 21st November 2015.  The event is taking place at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham, from 10.30am to 2.45pm, including lunch.  There is no fee for tutors wishing to attend.  If you would like to join us, please get in touch with me at Regional Office for further details, directions to the venue and enrolment form.  My email address is, as follows –

If interested, I would be grateful if you could enrol asap as we need to confirm numbers with the venue early November.

Taster Sessions at Belgrave Hall

Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall

An opportunity has arisen at Belgrave Hall and Gardens to hold ‘Taster Sessions’ from April – September in 2016 on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Belgrave Hall is a house which was owned by John Ellis, who purchased it in 1845. The Ellis family were Quakers and well-known for their good work in the community. Ellis, a wealthy businessman, was responsible for bringing the railways to Leicester in 1833. Here’s some starting point links for its history:

The Taster Sessions we are looking to organise should  connect in some way with Belgrave Hall and its history so may have one (or more) of the following themes:

  1. a) Canals, transport and railways
  2. b) Textiles: soft furnishings, dress from victorian
  3. c)     Victorian/Edwardian living – from food to families (maybe drawing on who has lived at the house like the Vanns and Craddocks), fashion or interior decorating
  4. d)   Literature and culture – maybe something drawn from the Ellis sisters story

  1. e) Gardening
  2. f)  Cooking

I  am writing to find out if you are able to offer relevant taster sessions during the time period mentioned. It could be a morning/afternoon or all day session based on your availability. Please feel free to contact me on with your expression of interest and suggestions at your earliest convenience.

Success with Soft Furnishings

On Wednesday the 21st of October 2015 Cosmopolitan Arts hosted an arts based event at the African Caribbean Centre, aimed at bring communities together to celebrate the areas vast array of wonderful and culturally diverse communities. A WEA tutor Tasneem Ali, liaised with them to secure a stall at the event. Students at the Shama Women’s Centre where they had completed another successful year of soft furnishings were able to display and sell some of their items.

These students have been working with Tasneem to learn a whole range of new skills. The range of furnishings include beautiful cushions with intricate designs, lamp shades and curtains. First, they concentrated on cushion design and making.  This year they have moved on to designing and making furnishings for a whole room.


Some examples of students work displayed at the event have been provided below:

Beautiful lamp shades made by the students at Shama.


Razia Shaikh has used an eye-catching combination of navy blue and cerise pink to make these range of cushions.


Rashida Bilimoria has designed a unique set of cushions.


Carmen Miller has made some bolster and traditional cushions from soft fabric to create a powerful display as shown.


Nazia Waseem’s range of work includes cushions in a pale fabric and some velvet cushions too.


Students felt that they had overall achieved knowledge and advice, but most of all the skills to be able to create stunning cushions, lamp shades and curtains and be proud of their displays at the event.

Some other splendid creations.



WEA Digital Roadshow – events reminder – Harnessing digital technology

Using digital technologies to support learning

This is a practical workshop exploring the use of digital technology in the classroom and is suitable for all skill levels.  You are welcome to bring in your own digital device but there will be a selection of digital equipment for you to explore during the session.

PLEASE NOTE:  These events are open to support workers and classroom volunteers

WEA Chesterfield

Location: Chesterfield, 1 Stand Road, Whittington Moor, Chesterfield S41 8SW

MONDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2015 —– 10.15 UNTIL 12:15

Location: WEA Nottingham, 39 Mapperley Road, Nottingham, NG3 5AQ

MONDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2015 ——  10.30 UNTIL 12:30

FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2015 —– 10.30 UNTIL 12:30 OR 13:00 UNTIL 15.00

Location:  WEA Derby, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB

TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2015 —– 10.30 UNTIL 12:30

WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2015 —– 12.30 UNTIL 13:50  OR 14:10 UNTIL 15.30

To book your place, or to find out further information, please email:

Digital Workshop Content

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