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Inspirational tutor and volunteer win Workers Educational awards

A tutor and volunteer organiser from the Chichester branch of Workers Educational Association (WEA) have won educational awards.


Volunteer organiser, Anne Hollis, has just been named as the WEA’s national winner of Impact In Your Local Community award 2019.


Anne is responsible for the city’s Reaching Out programme for vulnerable adults, providing classes for people who may have physical difficulties or need special support.


The classes develop skills while providing the environment for participants to make friends. Anne is involved in recruiting specialist tutors, developing new classes and liaising with venues, students and volunteer assistants.


Art tutor, Frank Ferrie, is an inspiring teacher as well as being a successful artist himself. He has been named as Outstanding Tutor 2019 by the WEA. Frank provides Reaching Out classes for the Chichester and Bognor Regis branches as well as a Friday painting class as part of the Chichester general programme. Students describe him as inspiring and say they feel encouraged to try new techniques.


The WEA is now over 100 years old, providing adult education for all through day and evening classes run by experienced professional tutors.


The WEA Chichester branch attracts adult students from a wide area and focuses on two main programmes: classes in the arts and humanities, and classes for vulnerable adults (Reaching Out programme).


The local WEA brochure can be found in the area’s libraries, or by searching the WEA website:


For more information or to book in advance for courses, call Sheila on 01243 958826 or email:


For Reaching Out courses call Anne on 01243 958423 or email:

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