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Greenwich Community Learning Champions

Passionate about learning? Want to help other people get into learning? Then become a Greenwich Community Learning Champion!

Contact Lorelei Freeman to find out more:

020 8317 3817 / 07746 934 374 or lorelei@volunteersgreenwich.co.uk

What is a Community Learning Champion?

A Community Learning Champion (CLC) is a volunteer who supports and encourages people in their local community to learn.  They also guide learners towards appropriate local courses.

Volunteering as a Community Learning Champion can bring personal satisfaction, development opportunities, improved career prospects and an increase in self-confidence and motivation.

In addition, you will be helping people in your local community to enjoy the benefits that accessing learning can bring to their lives.

If you are a good listener, enjoy helping people, are passionate about learning and have some time to spare to share that passion, becoming a Community Learning Champion could be for you!

Greenwich Community Learning Champions project background

In August 2011 the Greenwich CLC Project had its 10 Year Anniversary.  The project started as a pilot in 2001 in response to the Government’s initiative for Lifelong Learning, and as a result of partnerships forged between Greenwich Council Education Department, Greenwich Community College, Volunteer Centre Greenwich, Prospects Next Step and HM Prison, Belmarsh.  Volunteer Centre Greenwich, due to our expertise in volunteer management, has been running this project since August 2004.

What do Community Learning Champions do?

Community Learning Champions promote the value of learning to people in their local community. They market Adult and Community Learning courses to the local community in the Borough of Greenwich, promoting local course providers.  They attend local community events and distribute course prospectuses throughout the Borough.

In addition, CLCs support potential learners in finding a course that best suits them.  They attend course providers’ enrolment days and man Library Signposting and Outreach sites.  CLCs also promote Lifelong Learning through their day-to-day activities, supporting friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues into adult learning.

They also have the chance to shape adult education in their area by giving feedback to learning providers to help them improve the courses they offer.

CLCs are volunteers so they are not paid for the work they do.  However, they can claim reasonable expenses for money spent during their volunteering.

Greenwich Community Learning Champions: is it for me?

If you are passionate about Lifelong Learning and can offer a few hours a week, then this could be a volunteering opportunity that suits you.

Greenwich Volunteer Centre provides free training and development for CLCs.

All new Community Learning Champions attend a mandatory induction day that will clearly outline their role, as well as a one-day workshop on Information, Advice and Guidance.

They also have the chance to work towards an NVQ Level 3 in Advice and Guidance (accredited by OCN).

Community Learning Champions in Greenwich are invited and encouraged to attend a ‘Forum’ meeting every six weeks, where they can meet and exchange information, and give support to one another.

If becoming a CLC appeals to you, you are over 18 and live, work or volunteer in the Borough of Greenwich, please contact Lorelei Freeman for more information or an informal chat:

Phone: 020 8317 3817

Email: lorelei@volunteersgreenwich.co.uk

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