What could you learn from your neighbours?


Launching the WeLearnLocal initiative at Coventry Central Library Dave Lloyd, Coventry Libraries and Information Service


A new major skills-sharing initiative is launching in Coventry this Summer, aiming to connect residents through fun face-to-face learning.

But what is skill-sharing all about?

Skill-sharing is about creating the opportunity for people to share their skills, experience and insight and to learn from others in return. We believe that our communities are full of skills, experience and insight. Our project is focused on helping to find matches between the skills that people would love to learn, and the skills and insight available in the community.

The good news is that there is a “Summer of skill-sharing” coming to Coventry. The social enterprise www.WeLearnLocal.co.uk , supported by Coventry University and the City’s libraries, is setting up a website that will allow Coventry residents to search online for lessons being taught in their community by members of their community. These group lessons could range from basic computer skills to languages, business knowledge and insight, arts and crafts, culture, music lessons, hobbies, and more. Users can also earn money as instructors by sharing their skills, experience or knowledge in group lessons.

All through July, we are running a community consultation to find out what Coventry residents want to learn through skill-sharing. Residents just need to visit a library in Coventry or visit www.welearnlocal.co.uk to tell us what skills they would like to learn, and we’ll be matchmaking to those residents who are coming forward as instructors.

The project promises to be one of the most ambitious skill-sharing and skill-matching programmes in the country, with lessons starting in August 2016.

Residents in Cheylesmore have led the way. During the Community Voices, Community Choices meeting on 22 June 2016, residents discussed skill sharing and the need to connect communities together through sharing skills and knowledge.

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Residents in Cheylesmore discuss how to connect communities at the Community Voices, Community Choices meeting on 22 June

To get involved, residents can go online at www.WeLearnLocal.co.uk, visit their local library, or engage on twitter at #covlovestolearn to state what they would like to learn. WeLearnLocal and Coventry University will then be matching residents up through skill-sharing lessons.