Improving skills for you, your community, your business


Skills & Learning works with partners to deliver learning to people and groups, aged 19+, who do not normally access mainstream courses. The Project and Partnership Fund is opened to bids from Third Sector and community organisations that are able to provide innovative learning opportunities to learners from priority groups particularly from areas of deprivation as measured in the government deprivation indices.

The Project and Partnership Fund 2019/20 will be open for bids late spring 2019.

The aim of the Project and Partnership Fund is:

  • To deliver high quality teaching and learning to meet individual community needs with a particular focus on workless people wanting to improve their skills and return to work or to re-engage in the community
  • To encourage those who would not normally see themselves as learners to access learning, increase their self esteem and confidence and develop their life and work skills
  • Offer pre-employment support and training to prepare adults for employment
  • To offer those with special needs and without formal qualifications a bridge back into learning
  • To offer a clear progression route through learning which will attract and interest the participants into further learning
  • To offer innovative learning opportunities that will engage those who do not see the benefit of learning


Projects awarded funding in 2018/19 are:


The aim of the project is to raise the aspirations, knowledge and skills of parents with complex issues including; child management issues, family breakdown, substance misuse, mental health problems, dysfunctional relationships, children who are refusing to attend school and those families that come under the Dorset Family Matters (DFM) criteria.  We will engage parents, grandparents and primary carers across Dorset with a range of workshops designed to support families with emotional management, positive communication and effective parenting skills.


Our key aims for this and all our projects are to build positive family relationships, personal skills, mental health, well-being and aspirations whilst developing social cohesion.


The client group will be adults who have been displaced by the civil war in Syria and recently resettled into Bournemouth Dorset and Poole under the UK Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

Whitehead-Ross Education and Consultancy Ltd

The primary aims of our Family Learning project will be to work with looked after children/young people and their carers, in order to improve: 

  • Carers’ knowledge and abilities to support the learning and development of the children in their care
  • Relationships at home between children/young people and their carers
  • The literacy and numeracy skills of looked after children/young people
  • Self-belief and confidence of looked after children/young people

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association

The Growth Project is aimed at improving the wellbeing of vulnerable or disadvantaged adults using a range of bespoke horticultural and personal development activities and support. The project will provide a range of education, training and support to enable clients to become more active, healthier, less isolated, allowing beneficiaries to cope more effectively with everyday life pressures. This will also aim to increase their chances of achieving and sustaining independent living.


26 adults with learning disabilities living in Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole will learn new coping skills, interpersonal skills and practical skills, leading them into a more independent future, moving into or substantially towards volunteering, employment or independent living.


The aim of the project is to deliver free domestic abuse courses in the local community that empower clients who have been in abusive relationships, with lifelong skills, tools and techniques to effectively make healthy choices for themselves and their children.  The course helps clients to understand what they have been through and the effects this has had on their mental health and well-being.