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Early Bird Projects

The first Early Bird projects that are to receive funding under the Transformation Fund have been announced. The fund supports informal adult learning - learning for pleasure, self-development and community development. 

We've picked out a few of the projects that have been awarded funding, which are: 

The Media Bus CIC (Poole) - giving young adults in the south west the chance to produce short films, animations and documentaries on board a media bus.

Crewe YMCA - harnessing people’s passion for football to help them improve their health, learn new skills, acquire self-discipline and develop the stability they need to be successful in more formal learning. 

Lancaster University - opening up a wide choice of lectures, seminars and discussion groups to older people at free or low cost. 

Harlow, Science Alive - usinghands-on learning to convey the excitement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and their relevance to our everyday lives.

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry - developing new informal learning opportunities through taster sessions, an informal learning directory, a local autumn learning festival and help for small clubs and local learning groups. 

Ocean Somali Community Association - giving women from the BAME community in Tower Hamlets and Newham the chance to take part in informal learning across a big range of different topics. 

SIFA Fireside - helping Birmingham's most disadvantaged people, to learn to send emails, use the internet, develop self- confidence and build more structured lifestyles. 

Bolton Literacy Trust - using broadcasting to improve the quality of life for local people, developing materials and guidance to follow on from popular TV and radio programmes, to inspire local people. 

Workers Educational Association West Midlands - developing a new computer course in Stoke on Trent that links IT skills with learning about keeping healthy. 

Gingerbread - self-organised ‘friendship groups’ to support young parents in improving their confidence, IT skills and social skills.  

Spitalfields Music - bringing together people from a broad range of backgrounds in Tower Hamlets to learn music, listen to live music and contribute live music-making events, courses and workshops.

For further details of these projects and others that have been awarded funding, visit the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) website

Hopefully this announcement will inspire others to bid for funding and bring learning to the wider community.


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