People and Work Unit

People and Work Unit

Charity information

People and Work Unit

The Unit was first established in 1982, and from the start its trustees have been committed to the idea of a 'purposeful and fulfilling life for all' within a just and equitable society and the Unit’s work is about how this ideal can be achieved. The Unit’s core focus is on lifelong learning as the most powerful tool we have for community regeneration. We work to ensure that people from some of our most disadvantaged communities (as defined by the 2005 Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation) can gain the qualifications and skills they need to transform not only their lives, but those of their children and their communities.
The Unit learns from the people it works with on its action-research projects and through researching and evaluating work that aims to create a more equal society. We have learnt that in order to access and benefit from learning provision, many ‘non-traditional’ learners need support. Our work has helped us to understand what goes on in deprived communities and for twenty-five years the Unit has demonstrated how lives in these communities can change forever. We have done this by providing support that enables people to make more effective use of existing learning opportunities, raising people’s aspirations and beliefs about what they can achieve and then providing support that is based on a rigorously researched understanding of their needs.

Founded 1984