The WEA Partnership

Crafting4Good CIC has partnered with the WEA, a charity focusing on free* and low cost adult education and lifelong learning (one of the 5 ways to wellbeing).  

Since 1903, the WEA has aimed to "help adults learn, no matter where they are, no matter what their circumstances". 

Free*, discounted or generally low cost courses across a wide variety of subjects can be studied, either face-to-face or online.

  • Arts & Crafts**
  • Community & Family
  • English, Maths & Digital
  • Health & Lifestyle
  • History & Culture
  • Languages & Writing
  • Natural & Social Sciences
  • Performing Arts
  • Work Related

The WEA: Free & Discounted Courses

Some courses are free for everyone and some have a tuition fee, but financial support is available so that paid courses can also be free or significantly reduced for eligible learners.

  • Adult skills, english, maths and digital skills courses are often free for eligible students
  • Other WEA courses may be free if you're unemployed, job seeking or on a low wage
  • The application process will tell you if you're not eligible or you can call 0300 303 3464 to check first  

Eligibility for Free and Discounted Courses

Free Courses

Learners accessing various income-related benefits or seeking asylum should check their eligibility for free course fees:

  • Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit
  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Claiming Asylum

Low Wage & Discretionary Support

Even if you're not eligible for free course fees, you can still seek financial support to study your course if you are low waged or have a low household income - there are eligibility criteria and you will need to provide evidence and complete forms, but your course fees may be reduced through:

The WEA Discount Card

**Learners who attend a face-to-face creative course via the WEA in West Yorkshire will receive a 15% discount they can use in our Crafting4Good shop in Wakefield, with our printable downloads and even our eBay shop.  These will be distributed by your course Tutor.

wea discount cardThe WEA Discount Card for Crafting4Good in The Ridings, Wakefield UK

Crafting4Good's WEA Courses

wea crochet

Our very first course in partnership with the WEA was inspired by the cost of living crisis. 

We wanted to provide easy, creative ways to keep warm with simple handmade items you can wear, as well as learn new skills to continue to make items in your own time, or pass on your new skills to others.

Basic crochet stitches and techniques will be used to create items of winter wear and is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who want to improve on their crochet (and warm space seekers!)

Although Crafting4Good is hosting the course we don't have room in our shop, so we will be using a nice warm space in The Ridings - brief details are below but you need to click through to the WEA site for full details.

wea crochet winter wearables
the wea crochet course calendar

the ridings board room directionsDirections to the venue in The Ridings via Almshouse Lane entrance

Other WEA Courses

There are plenty of other WEA courses to choose from, both online and face-to-face:

Mini Creative YouTube Courses from the WEA

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