Training Centres in Leeds (West Yorkshire)
2-7 Woodhouse Square
Monday to Thursday: 9am - 5:30pm
Friday: 9am - 3pm
Saturday to Sunday: 9am - 5pm
Swarthmore is a centre for lifelong learning, community projects and family learning sessions as well as the courses and activities advertised in our brochure. Our main aim is to encourage people who want to learn but might not feel comfortable in more formal educational institutions. We work on a friendly, human scale, offering a confidential counselling service, on-site childcare and learning support. Many volunteers currently support the Centre's work and we welcome their contributions of time and energy.
Our Grade II Listed Building has a fascinating history and is made up of six four-storey terraced houses with additional dance and art studios to the rear. We have specialist facilities for pottery, jewellery, stained glass, sculpture and computing, and the atmosphere is intentionally homely and informal. We also work within the local community on negotiated projects, including arts, ICT and ‘Skills for Life' programmes.
Over 2000 people enrolled directly onto Swarthmore courses last year. Many more made use of the Centre as a community resource, providing facilities for a wide variety of local groups. Swarthmore attracts a social mix of people who come to the Centre because of their shared interests in learning rather than their background.
We also hire out rooms to outside organisations for meetings, training, conferences, counselling, courses, and CPD. We have a large Hall with a sprung dance floor which is used by church groups, dance groups, choirs, exercise classes, political groups and fund-raisers.
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