Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service is committed to partnership working with community and voluntary organisations.

As part of Employment, Business and Skills at Waltham Forest Council, we work with partners across the borough to support the Council’s jobs recovery priority to connect people with job and skills opportunities.

How we work with our partners

We work with partners to:

  • hold information and advice sessions for groups
  • promote learning with community and voluntary groups through social and cultural events, fairs and melas, open days and free taster sessions
  • assess learning needs of users and members of community groups and devise action plans
  • develop negotiated learning programmes for groups with a wide range of needs
  • develop new courses to enable all members of the community to access learning.

Our partnership work engages a whole range of organisations and community groups including groups supporting people with learning difficulties or disabilities, people recovering from alcohol and drug misuse, homeless groups, refugees and asylum seekers, elderly people, young people, lone parents and many more.

We always welcome the opportunity to enter into new partnerships with local community and voluntary organisations.

Our partners

Our partners include:

  • Maximus: their Local London Work and Health Programme offers tailored, community-based employment, health and wellbeing support in Waltham Forest. Website:
  • The Metropolitan Police who are recruiting special constables (volunteer police officers).
  • Waltham Forest College who offer flexible courses (full-time, part-time, fast-track and evening) in a wide range of subject areas to improve your professional skills, start your own business or learn something new for fun. Website:
  • Partners in our community learning programme include nurseries and schools • children’s centres • community safety team • libraries • housing associations • heritage sites • local health and wellbeing services • faith centres • organisations working with homeless people.
  • We also partner with organisations supporting adults with learning difficulties • adults with mild or moderate mental health conditions • senior citizens to stay healthy and active • adults from overseas communities to integrate in the local community.

Community learning: partnership for success

Non-profit organisations and charities work with us to promote independence, inclusion and equality.

  • We offer free, short, non-qualification courses in a variety of areas: arts and crafts; digital skills; health and wellbeing; horticulture and gardening; and job skills and personal development.
  • We can arrange one-off workshops or regular weekly sessions.

Partner with us

If you would like to work in partnership with us or would like more information, please contact us.