Mary Ward Centre

Mary Ward Centre

For more than 100 years the Mary Ward Centre has provided innovative, inspiring learning for adults. From its early days, our founder, Mary Ward, campaigned for people from all backgrounds to study a course of their choice. Today our goals remain the same – to provide a centre of education that is accessible to everyone, including people on low income or from disadvantaged backgrounds or those who have learning difficulties or disabilities. The majority of our students earn less than the London average and are ethnically more diverse than in many other adult learning centres. Our students enrol for many reasons – some need a second chance to gain literacy or maths qualifications to improve their skills and employment prospects; some come to study for social reasons such as to combat loneliness and isolation; or to maintain or improve their health; or simply for the pleasure of learning. The Centre is more than a learning centre, it is also a place where people create relationships, connect with their local community, and improve their physical and emotional wellbeing. To ensure that the unique mix of students at the Centre is preserved we have established the Mary Ward Fund. Each year the Fund helps students to study when circumstances, financial or otherwise, could prevent them from following their chosen course. In 2014/15 we are fundraising particularly to support students who do not find it easy to access learning because of disability or a learning difficulty. We aim to raise £40k to purchase computer software and equipment that will help our students reach their full potential. By making your online purchases through easyfundraising, you can help us reach our target.

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