Informed Choices - Democratic Community Education in Grimsby

Informed Choices - Democratic Community Education in Grimsby

Posted on behalf of Billy Dasein

Come along and join us in furthering this project to bring high level community education to Grimsby. 

'Informed Choices' is a developing programme of democratic political education on Grimsby’s East Marsh. The project is a collaboration between East Marsh United (, Worker's Education Association (WEA) and Cooperative College and has ties with Talkshop and the funded Place Based Social Action project to develop an East Marsh Assembly ( and other democratic participatory infrastructure models. A new branch of the WEA is to be set up, to be known as the East Marsh Community Education Branch. The idea behind the project is to build an imaginative, user-friendly framework for community education for social value in line with, for example, Rogers’ person-centred education and Freire’s dialogic education. Wherever possible, the curriculum will be actualized in all cases by the community learners and will be based on the framework in the diagram, “Informed Choices 3-Year Programme”. It is anticipated that this will lead to a joint WEA/Cooperative University Certificate, as well as feeding into the Cooperative University degree structure.

This meeting is an important waymarker, as we are formally begin the process of setting up the first new branch of the WEA for some time (as far as I am aware!) - we will also be planning a number of regular public events to promote dialogue in any or all subjects that merit further exploration of our world - education, housing, drug policy, co-operativism (we're in the process of becoming a coop), local democracy, policing - come along and help frame how this works as it's an empty page right now!

To get a sense of some of the educational philosophy behind the project, have a listen to this podcast discussing the relevance of Brazilian educator, Paolo Freire, to adult education: 

If you know somebody who might be passionate about our project, please pass the link forward and encourage to sign up.

14 Oct 2019 at 1:00pm
until 14 Oct 2019 at 3:00pm
Freshney Place Community Hub
Freshney Place Shopping Centre
DN31 1ED

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