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    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.