- It is important for someone from you organisation to meet regularly with the partners and learners and build relationships with them. This helped us develop more appropriate courses and understand the needs of our learners better. It also helped to establish new networks of community groups in the local area. Furthermore, it allowed us to revisit partners after the courses had finished, to discuss the progression of students. Good communication with partners and learners helped us to plan courses appropriately, publicise our courses and boost the sense of involvement felt by partners and learners.
- Flexibility was key to our success. We were able to provide short courses in hostels and other centres where learners led chaotic lives and had high-level needs. We were also sometimes able to extend courses when they were particularly successful.
- We worked with museums and galleries who gave us exhibition space. Having work exhibited in high profile public spaces really made learners excited and feel pride in their involvement in adult community learning.
- The celebration event is an important part of the project. It helps to bring communities together, make learners feel their work is important and the input is valued. We encouraged participants to bring a dish, further including them in the exchange of ideas and culture.
- We also invited our local mayor to the event to give certificates of achievement to all learners. This further contributed to a sense of pride in participating in the project and contributing to the local community.