View presentations and video from the event here

Speaker presentations are now available from the ‘Adult Education and the Big Society’ event held at the Peoples History Museum in Manchester on 3rd March 2011.

The event organised by ECA member LSEN and the WEA (North West Region) aimed to help delegates understand and engage with the new political landscape in the context of the Big Society, Localism and the links with adult education. It also offered the opportunity to connect and strengthen local community links and networks and share approaches to community empowerment across the region.

ECA Chair and CEO Bernard Godding spoke at the event about the empowerment agenda in communities and the key role that lifelong learning plays in this. Of the event he said “It was clear from the contributors that the Big Society has been with us for many years and that the current rebranding shouldn’t distract us from an understanding of how citizens have always worked together to address issues in their communities”.

Jess Steele, Director of Innovation from Locality, also spoke at the event. Locality have just been awarded the contract to deliver the governments ‘Community Organisers’ programme. The programme will recruit and train 5,000 community organisers to help local people develop community projects in deprived areas in England. A video of Jess Steele's presentation is available to view below

Other speakers included, Greg Coyne, Regional Director WEA North West Region, Alan Tuckett, Chief Executive of NIACE and Jimmy Devlin the Chair of the NW Tenants and Residents Assembly.

During the day delegates were given the opportunity to participate in workshops on Community Organising, Localism, Parliamentary Outreach and Learning for Active Citizenship.

To see the presentations along with resources on Adult Education and the Big Society click here.

Date Added: March 10th 2011