Adult Residential Colleges Association - ARCA The ARCA colleges are a group of small colleges specialising in short-stay residential adult education courses for the general public. Many are run by local authorities whilst others are operated by charitable trusts or similar organisations. All are wholeheartedly committed to learning throughout life – learning for personal satisfaction.


Centre for Intergenerational Practice - CIP The Centre for Intergenerational Practice was established in April 2001. Its aims are to support the development of intergenerational practice throughout the UK and to promote an understanding of the potential of intergenerational practice to address social issues.


Craft Council - The national development agency for contemporary crafts in the UK. Its strategy is to position the UK as the global centre for the making, seeing and collecting of contemporary craft.

CRISIS - CRISIS is the national charity for single homeless people. Crisis has a vision of social integration and work year-round to help vulnerable and marginalised people get through the crisis of homelessness, fulfil their potential and transform their lives. Crisis develops innovative services which enable homeless people to progress through education and creativity and campaigns for a more inclusive society.


Communities and Local Government - CLG The Government Department's role is to build the capacity of communities to shape and protect their own future.


Community Sector Coalition - The CSC's mission is to be a credible and authoritative independant voice for the community sector. It has a membership of 20 national charities (of which the ECA is one) which collaborate through the Coalition, ensuring that learning is shared and providing a strong voice to campaigns on issues vital to the sector.


Department of Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs - Defra The Government Department's core purpose is to improve the current and future quality of life. Defra supported Every Action Counts.


Department for Business, Innovation and Skills - BIS. This new Department brings together functions from the two former departments of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).  Funded by successive Governments since its early days, the ECA continues to receive support from the Department for its conferences & related internet activity.


European Year of Intercultural Dialogue -This exciting initiative is focusing on European Citizenship.The ECA will be following the activities of this year with interest.


Every Action Counts - Every Action Counts is an initiative supported by Defra and delivered through a consortium of voluntary and community sector organisations.The ECA is a member of the consortium. When registering you will be asked to select a national Voluntary Sector Umbrella Organisation to which you are a member of or affiliated to. Please remember to mention the ECA when registering.


Herefordshire Council - Hereford Council had a key role to play in the Teddybear project, as the schools involved in the project fell under their remit.


Infed - Educational Settlements were the precursors of today's Educational Centres. The infed website is a rich source of information on the founding organisations.


Inspire East - Regional Empowerment ConsortiumInspire East has been selected to lead a regional consortium to raise awareness of the issues and need for community engagement and empowerment in the East of England. The Inspire East  website is full of resources to assist those working in the field of informing and engaging local people and communities of interest. The National Empowerment Partnership (NEP) is a partnership of organisations set up to improve the quality, co-ordination and evidence of community empowerment across England. NEP works with a range of agencies and with local, regional and national government to centrally gather and communicate information about community empowerment practice and its impact. It is supported by and works closely with Communities and Local Government (CLG), complementing and amplifying its empowerment policies and programmes including that of promoting the empowerment agenda across government departments.


Lifelong Learning - The Department also has this dedicated site for Lifelong Learning.

NIACE – the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education - England and Wales- NIACE is a non-governmental organisation working for more and different adult learners. Its formal aim is: "to promote the study and general advancement of adult continuing education". NIACE and ECA are in reciprocal membership.

The Open University - The Open University is open to people, places, methods and ideas. It promotes educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Take Part - Take Part is the national learning framework for active learning for active citizenship. The Take Part framework provides a manual for learning providers. It enables them to develop programmes of citizenship learning to help adults gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to become empowered as members of their communities


The University of the Third Age - U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach. Between them U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects. U3A has over 600 groups and more than 167,000 members.


The Victoria and Albert Museum - The V&A offers a range of dynamic programmes and resources to school students and teachers as well as FE and HE students and lecturers.


WRVS - Womens Royal Voluntary Service- The WRVS is committed to helping older people get more out of life. They provide a range of services to help people in need who might otherwise feel lonely and isolated. They work with other charities and organisations, local authorities and the NHS, meeting needs in communities throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The WRVS organised the funding for the Teddybear project.