Lifelong Learning

Learning is at the core of the Library’s work. Our learning programmes and resources specialise in and celebrate the histories, creativity and lives of women. We emphasise Lifelong Learning, the process of understanding that your learning continues, and we provide support to women at every stage of their learning journeys. GWL learners are encouraged to share experiences and learn from each other and the other women that visit the Library to share their skills and knowledge. We work from the basis that learning can take place through the close identification with the experience of other women, past and present.

Our work, like the Library itself, is built upon feminist principles, focuses on, and specialises in working with women, understanding and appreciating the richness of women’s lives and the impact of inequalities on them. We provide a safe learning space where even the most vulnerable women can have their learning nurtured. We recognise and respect diversity in all its senses.

We value each learner as an individual, working with them to tailor learning to meet their needs and improve their confidence and aspirations.

The Lifelong Learning Team

The GWL Lifelong Learning team includes a Manager and Lifelong Learning Assistant who are responsible for programming a wide range of learning opportunities courses and events throughout the year. The Manager and Assistant work closely with other members of the broader Learning Team who specialise in work with dedicated groups of learners within our priority groups (specifically, women who are developing their literacy and numeracy skills and BME women). The Librarian and Archivist are also integrally involved with the delivery and support of learning in the Library and we have a National Lifelong Learning Development Worker and Assistant who initiate and respond to opportunities for GWL to work with women across Scotland. Together this Learning Team meets twice a year to programme learning across the organisation and more regularly to make progress on the organisations Learning Policy objectives.