Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership

Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership

At a glance


  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Education
  • Financial inclusion
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Older people / later life
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Training / employment support
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Women
  • Young people

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Geographical remit: 



We work with partners to ensure that those, in Surrey and beyond, who have missed out on learning in the past, have opportunities to learn and to reach their full potential.  


We seek to build a bridge linking potential learners from disadvantaged communities with life changing opportunities.

The bridge will be constructed in a variety of ways:

  • Developing the capacity of communities to benefit from learning through helping them to develop their own community learning projects; training trusted members of the community as Community Champions to provide information and inspire confidence; and working with partners to arrange for courses to take place within local venues.
  • Ensuring ongoing support for learners engaged to ensure that when they start their learning journey they have opportunities to progress.
  • Developing new provision and approaches to engage learners more effectively and using this knowledge to provide training partner organisations which provide for these learners.
  • Helping providers of learning to understand what potential learners need and want and therefore what needs to be done differently to engage these.  We act as a 'centre for intelligence' providing information about successful approaches to engage disadvantaged learners in communities. 
  • Improving the services offered to learners by influencing the policies and plans of those responsible for planning and funding learning.

Target Audiences

  • Disadvantaged communities living in Surrey and other parts of the South East
  • 19+ Adults
  • Young disadvantaged adults 14-19 requiring work related skills and where not fully catered for via statutory provision
  • Partner organisations providing support for these groups


Each year we help 600 people to gain new skills, qualifications and employment. 

Learning in Community

We deliver free courses within local community venues to meet local learning needs and to make learning more accessible .

Learning through enterprise

We engage prospective learners in two social enterprises:

The Bike Project

Bicycles donated by the public and various agencies are completely refurbished and sold from outlets in Walton and Stoke and Westborough. Sales income contributes to the running of the enterprise. Unemployed men and women gain work experience and confidence while on the Project with many gaining EMTA and City & Guilds Cycle Mechanics qualifications and other skills.

The GLADE Project

The Guildford Learning and Development Enterprise (GLADE) provides street cleansing and gardening services in Park Barn & Westborough. It engages the local community, offering training, skills and work experience. The service is offered in partnership with a mental health charity called Oakleaf Enterprise.

Learning for work

We support local residents into learning and work so that they are better able to secure their homes through the ETHOS Project.

The ETHOS Project

Working with local councils (Elmbridge, Guildford, Mole Valley, Epsom & Ewell, and Tandridge) and housing associations (Clarion Housing, P A Community Housing Group and Rosebery Housing Association), we deliver the ETHOS project which helps people to gain employment.

Influencing the Learning Agenda

We convene meetings of partner organisations to identify new trends in learner needs and wants and then seek to influence the learning agenda.

Our success is dependent on working together with like-minded organisations and funders, and also with the generous support of our volunteers.

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