Partnership launches Festival of Learning website

Walt Crowson, our North Regional National Executive Committee Representative has been driving forward adult informal learning in Manchester for the last 18 months through the organisation he heads up in Manchester, the LSEN (Learning, Skills and Employment Network).

The LSEN responded positively to the original consultation on Informal Adult Learning in July 2008, 'Shaping the Way Ahead', and was one of the organisations present at the launch of the Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning in December 2008.

In March 2009 the LSEN held it’s Annual Partnership Conference in partnership with the ECA entitled 'Better Together – Building Social Capital through Co-operative Community Based Learning' which attracted over 120 delegates from across Manchester and involved presentations from Alan Tuckett, Director of NIACE and our own Bernard Godding, Chair and CEO of the ECA.

Building on from the conference the LSEN formed the Manchester 360° Partnership. This brought together over 48 organisations from across the City or with a direct link to the City, that are involved in the delivery of Informal Adult Learning. They submitted a bid to the Transformation Fund which unfortunately was not successful but Manchester 360°, with the support of the LSEN and the ECA, have carried on regardless. The partnership has now launched the Manchester Festival of Learning website which can be found at

The LSEN and Manchester 360°, within which the ECA is a very active partner, have also recently been asked by NIACE to co-ordinate Adult Learners Week activities in Manchester in May 2010

And we’re already working on our next initiative – Community Learning Champions….

Date Added: October 12th 2009