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Education and Employment Minister Baroness Blackstone today ...
Education and Employment Minister Baroness Blackstone today

announced awards totalling #2.7 million for new initiatives to boost

adult learning. Sixty-four organisations from the community,

voluntary and educational sectors have successfully bid for grants

from the Adult and Community Learning Fund, ranging from #3,600 to


Announcing the successful projects in the fourth round of the fund,

Baroness Blackstone said:

'The Adult and Community Learning Fund continues to provide

opportunities for local organisations to try out innovative and

worthwhile ideas to attract people who want to learn and develop new

skills. Competition for funding has been fierce - 526 bids were

received for this round - and I congratulate the projects which have

succeeded in meeting the quality and creativity criteria we have


Examples of successful applications for funding are:

- a partnership between The Big Issue in the North and

education providers in Leeds to develop a citizenship course,

creative writing courses and training in customer care for


- a Brick Lane project to train local women to make jewellery and

develop the necessary skills to establish a small enterprise;

- a Wandsworth-based programme of training in practical

activities for adults with learning disabilities, including

tuition in cooking and DIY;

- a programme in Nottingham aimed at helping newly-arrived

young women from Kashmir live independently in the UK; and

- intergenerational projects in Gorleston, West Sussex,

aiming to deepen and celebrate local heritage and identity with a

range of activities including creative writing and designing an

illustrated manuscript.

The fund uses activities that matter most to local people - such as

healthcare, arts and recreation, crime prevention, housing, childcare

and the environment - as a context for learning.

Baroness Blackstone said:

'The fund underlines the Government's belief that everyone should

have the opportunity to learn in ways that suit them best. By

involving neighbourhood groups in planning and delivering projects,

the fund seeks to encourage a climate of self-help and partnership

working which will ensure a long-lasting impact on individuals and

communities. In this way it helps to tackle social exclusion, often

adding a learning dimension to other activities supported by sponsors

who share this aim.'

The fund supports projects which are innovative, sustainable, and

involve learners and the community. The projects take learning into

sectors of the community not reached by traditional educational

organisations, providing opportunities that are relevant to the

people involved and delivering them in ways that will interest and

attract those who are hardest to reach.


1. The Adult and Community Learning Fund (ACLF) was announced in

the consultation paper The Learning Age published in February 1998.

It will provide#20 million of DfEE funding for local projects

between 1998 and 2002.

2. Specifically, the ACLF encourages the development of new

approaches to: attracting and keeping new learners; methods used for

teaching and learning; curriculum i.e. the content of what is taught;

places where learning happens; and involving new and different people

and organisations in providing and supporting learning.

3. The ACLF is managed for DfEE by two organisations, the National

Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and the Basic Skills

Agency (BSA).

4. A list of all the projects receiving funding in this round is

attached. The following can be contacted directly to answer media


The Prince's Trust Emma Russell 0171 543 1247


Litherland, Orrell and Anne Bentley 0151 933 6021


Centrepoint Helen Garry 0171 426 5300

Cat'n Fiddle Community Jo Ashford 01603 674 340


The Health Place Annie Parker 0151 7094356

Spare Tyre Theatre Company Angela Kelly 0171 2675252

Second Wave Ann Considine 0181 6942444 or

0181 6910666

Co-Operative Retail Services Maureen Breeze 01249 447374

Grantham College Lili Tabiner 01476 400289

Racheal Kitson 01476 565232

ext 4396

Hartcliffe Health and Susan Walker 0117 946 5285

Environment Action Group

If anyone would like to contact any of the other projects, they can

call Andrea Mearing, ACLF co-ordinator at BSA, on 0171 405 4017 or

Sue Cara at NIACE on 0116 204 4200.

5. The ACLF prospectus is available from DfEE on 0845-6022260,

quoting reference ACLF REV. The next bidding round closes on 30

September 2000, with successful projects starting in early 2001.

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