Community Learning

We aim to maximise access to community learning across Somerset

We partner with, and provide funding for, community groups who deliver a wide range of community programmes. Our dedicated community learning partnership team aim is to facilitate and support groups in the work they do across Somerset.


At SS&L, we want to inspire a love of learning and make learning accessible to you…

We believe you have the right to reach your potential and, through learning, you can improve your chances of finding work, provide support for your family and live a healthier, more independent life.

We offer a range of short courses and workshops to:

  • Ignite or re-ignite your love for learning
  • Develop job related skills to improve your employment prospects
  • Help develop transferrable life skills
  • Improve your English, maths or computer skills
  • Improve your physical and mental health and well-being
  • Help you support your child with the homework
  • Explore learning options before committing to longer courses

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Community Learning Partnerships

To make sure that we have workshops and courses available across the region, including in the most rural locations, we work with a range of partners across Somerset. Our partners bring a variety of skills and expertise to help you achieve your learning aspirations, in a way that works for you.

View our Partner Directory to learn more.

Learn for free

In order to make sure that our learning opportunities are accessible to those who need it most, our workshops and courses are provided free of charge for those who are:

  • Unemployed and actively seeking work
  • Working, but earning less than £16,009 per year
  • In receipt of benefits
  • Actively looking to gain new skills to live more independently

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If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know. We’re always reviewing our courses and workshops to ensure we’re meeting your needs.

Contact us by phone on 0330 332 7997 or email Alternatively, chat to one of team via Live Chat below.

Statistics overview:

  • 82 community learning projects delivered in 2019
  • 56 local community partners
  • 6,000 learners reached and engaged

Our participants reported:

  • Improved mental health
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Development of personal skills
  • Increased involvement in local community
  • Improved social relationships

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Are you an organisation helping to build communities and improve wellbeing through learning initiatives?

If so, we may be able to help fund your projects or initiatives, provided the intended outcomes contribute to building stronger communities. Find out how to apply for funding, send us a message or call us on 0330 332 7997.

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