Northwest Lifelong Learning Ltd is an educational charity set up in March 2003 offering ICT and employability programmes. It became a Company Limited by Guarantee in May 2010 following participation on an SEP programme in the NW run by Workspace Magherafelt, in conjunction with Invest NI. This was prompted by the need to become self sustaining, in order to allow the charity to survive in harder economic times, which were appearing on the horizon from 2008 onwards. The charity has always majored in ICT projects, many funded by EU programmes. NWLL Ltd has been a Microsoft partner since 2003 and now, also affiliated with another Microsoft partner in Co. Donegal as a Microsoft academical partner. Except for minor grant aid, all EU funding ceased in March 2011 and the charity was on its own. Staff levels of 12 could not be sustained and were reduced to 4 in Dec 2012 as the charity was forced to re-locate to Ballykelly due to the need for major repairs in the community house in Limavady.
Northwest Lifelong Learning has always had a strong volunteer base as well, offering work placements to schools, charities and industry. As we were not a “formal” educational institution, those who found it difficult to re-enter a school or college, instead found us easier to study with and so when we needed some help with painting in our new location in Ballykelly, we were put in touch with the probation service as a community service offering placements to meet their needs.
Northwest Lifelong Learning is now the charity arm of Ceres Europe (NI) cooperative at 3 Shackleton Drive, Ballykelly. REG NO XR64989. This allows us to keep doing the free and subsidised employability training we enjoy doing so much. It also allows a much wider suite of qualifications via all the training partners within the co-op. Money is always limited, but if you need to ask for help just lift the phone and ring 028 7776 4429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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