Community Learning Fund

Luton Council (LC) acting via Luton Adult Learning, receives direct funding from the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Through the Community Learning Fund Luton Adult Learning are continuing to make available funding which local organisations and groups can bid for to enable them to offer informal community learning.

The fund is designed to specifically support and encourage VCS and other third sector and not for profit organisations in delivering innovative learning that supports disadvantaged adults and addresses the key local priorities of the South East Midlands Local Economic Partnership (SEMLEP) and the overarching purpose of Government supported Community Learning which is to:

Maximise access to community learning for adults, bringing new opportunities and improving lives, whatever people’s circumstances.

The Government describe Community Learning as learning that:

“…helps people of different ages and backgrounds gain a new skill, re-connect with learning, pursue an interest, prepare for progression to formal courses or learn how to support their children better.

Community Learning supports wider government policies on localism, social justice, stronger families, digital inclusion and social mobility."

The Community Learning Fund is designed to support community based (often informal) learning delivered by VCS and other third sector and not for profit organisations. This funding supports organisations to develop their capacity to deliver learning opportunities to individuals from disadvantaged and deprived communities.

This year at Luton Adult Learning, we are very excited to have subcontracted with Noah, Active Luton, Mind BLMK, The Disability Resource Centre and Autism Bedfordshire. We have a wonderful mix of delivery partners- some we have worked with before, some are very new. Their subjects and approaches differ depending on the learners they are teaching but they all have excellent reputation in Luton and are well-known for their support across communities.

Click on the headings below to find out a little bit about these brilliant projects and how they are helping the people of Luton.


Active Luton

The Disability Resource Centre


Autism Bedfordshire

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