Transforming Communities

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Transforming Learning Communities is a six year project funded by the Big Lottery's Live and Learn Programme (2009 – 2015) which works to increase learning opportunities and promote well-being within Traveller and Migrant communities.

The project has delivered a range of educational and support services to Migrant and Traveller communities and worked to reduce prejudice and empower participants by improving their skills. We have provided 194 pre-ESOL courses, 50 pre-Essential Skills and 24 accredited and 33 non-accredited programmes across the southern region since 2009.

The Project has been delivered through a partnership which includes the Southern Regional College (the lead partner), Trademark (the core partner) and other community and voluntary groups working with Travellers and Migrants.

The focus of the Traveller strand is Pre-Essential Skills and Health and Wellbeing. Over the last six years, 616 students from Traveller Communities across the southern region enrolled on courses including Essential Skills, IT & Driving Theory, Hair and Beauty, Recreational Crafts, CIEH Level 2 & 3 Awards in Food and Safety, Level 2 Child Protection and Level 2 IOSH Working Safety.

The Focus of the Migrant Strand is Pre–Esol and since 2009 SRC has delivered 208 courses to 2226 learners across the southern region. Students successfully completed accredited courses in Food Hygiene, First Aid and Child Protection.

The project has also delivered training in anti-racism and anti-discrimination to over 200 SRC staff and public and community agencies across the southern region and facilitated 149 clinics providing advice and guidance to participants across a wide range of topics including social welfare, employment rights, housing, access to services and training and education opportunities.

We have also provided 171 volunteer placements with participants engaged in a wide range of support ranging from providing transport to isolated students to engage in learning; promotion of training and events and providing additional language and homework support to students. TLC has twice been nominated for an All-Ireland AONTAS award for ‘Making an outstanding contribution to adult learning’ and won the Association of College Beacon Award for ‘Widening Participation in Adult Learning in 2014’.

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