Bexley learning scheme gets £66,000 boost

PUBLISHED: 10:57 13 September 2011

Malcolm Trite

Malcolm Trite


A Bexley project to get people learning again has won £66,000.

The successful bid by Adult Education College Bexley, Bexley College, Charlton Athletic Community Trust and other local groups, was one of only 59 out of nearly 2,500 requests, to the new Adult and Community Learning Fund, for a project called Kick Start Your Life.

Kick starting the project will be a Family Taster Day at Crayford Manor House on Sunday, October 9, from 10am until 4pm, offering courses in IT, health and fitness, football coaching, jewellery, art, craft, floristry, DIY, hair and beauty, to over 19s.

Principal, AECB said Malcolm Tite, said: “A key aim of the project is to encourage and enable individuals to make a positive change to their lives, their community and to make a real difference.

“The unique mix of partners and local organisations will ensure that the project not only will help Kick Start change on an individual basis but on a community level also.”

It is hoped the project will lead to volunteering, employment and self-employment. In addition to encouraging individual self-esteem, a major focus of the project is about empowering individuals to become involved in, and contribute to, their wider local community.

Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, Carol Taylor said: “NIACE is proud to have the role of supporting Skills Funding Agency in managing the Adult and Community Learning Fund. The response to this bid has been staggering. Deciding which of the projects should receive funding has been incredibly tough, however this means that the very best projects will be starting work soon and transforming the lives of local people and local communities.”

For more information all the AECB on (0208) 269 8977.

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