The WEA Green Branch was set up in 2010 by WEA volunteers and environmental activists from the North East.

We deliver courses and workshops that can help community groups, individuals and businesses understand sustainability, take green action and save money, whether at home, at work or in the community. Each activity is tailored to a group’s needs.

Conference 2015We run an annual community conference to bring people together to share knowledge and make new contacts so that local environmental projects are more successful. Our last conference was on community orchards.

We support people to set up environmental activities that they are passionate about. We were approached last year by a Tyne Valley resident who was keen to organise a conference on orchards. We helped him to make this happen.

The projects we work on are either developed by Green Branch members or by people who approach us for support. If you have an idea for a project and would like some support to make it happen come along to one of our meetings or get in touch. Or if you would like to learn more about sustainability and help us with what we do already we would love to hear from you. No prior knowledge or experience required, just enthusiasm! We have some limited funding for people to attend conferences and events so that they can learn more.

We have worked on projects linked to energy efficiency and renewables, saving water, nature trails for families, and local, sustainable food.

What is sustainability?

In our courses we use the diagram below to help people think through how their actions contribute to sustainability. For example, where would you place recycling? In earth care, fair shares or people care, or in more than one?

This diagram was developed by the Permaculture Association; http://permacultureprinciples.com/ethics/

 

ethics diagram

What is the WEA?

Founded in 1903, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. In 2014/15 we delivered 9,700 part-time courses for over 70,000 students in England and Scotland with classes in almost every local authority area and our work in England was assessed in 2014 as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

With the support of nearly 400 local branches, 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 part-time tutors and our active membership, the WEA provides high quality, student-centred and tutor-led education for adults from all walks of life. We bring education into the heart of communities, helping people learn whatever they want – from maths, English and skills for employment, through health and wellbeing courses, to cultural studies that help students broaden their horizons and community engagement programmes that encourage active citizenship.

For more information, and on courses and branches in the North East go to http://www.wea.org.uk/about