"If only I knew then what I know now"
As children we can take education for granted and may not be able to see the relevance of it until we are adults. People miss out on education for a multitude of reasons.
Help us to help them by making a donation to the WEA.
Education can help adults to make a positive difference to the workplace and to local communities.
Help them to make that difference
Support the WEA by making a donation.
"A better world - equal, democratic and just; through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society”
• Raising educational aspirations
• Bringing great teaching and learning to local communities
• Ensuring there is always an opportunity for adults to return to learning
• Developing educational opportunities for the most disadvantaged
• Involving students and supporters as members to build an education movement for social purpose
• Inspiring students, teachers and members to become active citizens
We deliver our mission by developing partnerships to meet individual and collective needs, using active learning and a student centred approach in which teachers and students work as equals. We constantly strive to adapt our services to meet people’s needs, making full use of technology.
By making a donation to WEA you will be helping us to:
|Realise our vision
||Fulfil our mission
|Achieve our approach
||Live up to our values
- Is delivered to accommodate the busy lives of part-time adult students and their diverse interests and needs.
- Welcomes second chance and returning students, developing and encouraging their skills and progress as independent learners.
- Engages with adult students of all ages encouraging life long learning through the life course.
- Takes positive action to reach and meet the needs of those affected by economic, educational or social disadvantage.
- Recognises that students have multiple aims which include confidence building, personal development, community involvement, education and employment progression and that their intentions are central to the educational process.
- Develops models of provision that build group support and interaction.
- Encourages critical thinking and an appreciation of wider context and different perspectives on issues.
- Supports and finds ways to facilitate students and former students in building and delivering provision and taking part in the governance of the Association.
- Increases understanding and capacity to engage actively as citizens and communities and participatory processes.
- Links with, and is responsive to the needs of local community networks and organisation.
- Contributes to building a 'learning society'.
Help us to continue by making a donation to WEA.
How to donate
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Workers' Educational Association (WEA) is a registered charity. Charity number 1112775.
Remembering WEA in your Will.
Making or changing a Will is not always at the top of someone's to do list. It can be something that we are always meaning to do but put off for different reasons.
Making or changing a will allows you to plan for your family, friends and the causes you support.
Making a gift to WEA in your Will can make a difference to the WEA of the future.
Why Should I leave anything to the WEA
For over a hundred years, the WEA has worked to deliver education programmes to people who have been educationally or socially disadvantaged and the WEA remains the UK's foremost voluntary provider of adult education.
In its early days, the WEA was the only organisation working adults could rely on to provide education suited to their needs. In more recent times, the WEA has focused much of its efforts on developing educational programmes with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of the community: basic literacy and basic numeracy programmes have been central to this work. Other efforts have been directed towards education and training with a social purpose to support and encourage people to take up positions of responsibility in their community.
The WEA's commitment to education with a social purpose has always given its work a distinct character. The WEA believes that society functions best when people of all backgrounds are able to play a full role.
This approach is reflected in the organisation of the WEA itself. The WEA is governed by its voluntary members who are largely recruited from amongst its students. This gives the WEA a democratic structure unique in the field of adult education.
Making a Will is a golden opportunity to assist good causes you have supported during your life time.
How will my money be used?
The WEA's voluntary membership is organised into approximately 650 branches, making the WEA a truly national organisation. Nearly all communities have a local WEA branch and these play a key role in ensuring that the WEA's programmes are of continuing relevance to the communities they serve.
By minimising overheads and relying on voluntary structures, the WEA ensures that its costs are amongst the lowest in adult education. However, for work with disadvantage people, or for work in rural areas costs can still be very high. The WEA is consistently in the fore developing new educational programmes and initiatives and its work is therefore under constant review and is subject to constant change.
Bequests left to the WEA will be spent supporting the whole range of the WEA's work throughout the country.
How much tax will I pay?
Tax liability can actually be reduced by properly organising your affairs and making a Will. Gifts to charities are generally exempt from Inheritance Tax. Importantly, the value of the gift will be subtracted from the value of your estate before the tax liability for the estate is calculated. Charitable bequests can therefore be used to bring the value of your estate within the tax-free limit. It is therefore possible to contribute to a charity whilst reducing the tax burden on your estate.
How can I make a bequest to the WEA?
Sample wording for a residuary bequest
I give, devise and bequeath to the Workers' Educational Association, (Charity Registration No. 1112775) of 4 Luke Street, London EC2A 4XW, the whole (or a ___per cent share) of my residuary estate for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer shall be sufficient discharge therefore.
Sample wording for a specific bequest.
I give, devise and bequeath to the Workers' Educational Association, (Charity Registration No. 1112775) of 4 Luke Street, London EC2A 4XW, my (description of item or property) for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer shall be sufficient discharge therefore.
Sample wording for a pecuniary bequest
I give and bequeath to the Workers' Educational Association, (Charity Registration No. 1112775) of 4 Luke Street, London EC2A 4XW, the sum of £____(___ pounds) for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer shall be sufficient discharge therefore.
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