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What could you learn from your neighbours? 'Summer of skill-sharing' launching in Coventry

Published Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A new skills-sharing initiative is launching in Coventry this summer

This week, the social enterprise WeLearnLocal.co.uk, supported by Coventry University and the City’s libraries, have started a community consultation to find out what Coventry would love to learn through skill-sharing.

WeLearnLocal.co.uk will allow Coventry residents to search online for lessons being taught in their community by members of their community.

These group lessons could range from basic computer skills to languages, business knowledge and insight, arts and crafts, culture, music lessons, hobbies, and more. Users can also earn money as instructors by sharing their skills, experience or knowledge in group lessons. 

Nick Maxwell, Founder of WeLearnLocal, said: “We can all learn from each other, and absolutely everyone has skills worth sharing. We want to empower people to share their skills and connect people within communities through fun, sociable group lessons. The idea is using the sharing economy approach, like airbnb or UBER, but for skills. If you want to learn, or if you want to share a skill, you'll be able to do it through WeLearnLocal.co.uk."

"All through July, residents just need to show up in a library or visit welearnlocal.co.uk to tell us what skills they would like to learn, and we'll be matchmaking to those residents who are coming forward as instructors. Then in August, the Summer of skill-sharing will start", said Nick Maxwell.

For the next month, a community consultation is running online and through all the City's libraries to find out what skills Coventry residents would like to learn, and what skills or knowledge they can share. The project promises to be one of the most ambitious skill-sharing and skill-matching programmes in the country, with lessons starting in August 2016.

Keith Jeffrey from Coventry University Social Enterprise said: “We're proud to be supporting this project. Coventry is hub of talent and diversity and we are delighted that the city will be the central launchpad for an exciting new initiative to make skills-sharing easy and accessible. We look forward to seeing people in local communities come together to share their skills, experience and knowledge.”

Councillor Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Coventry City Council said: “We want to make our libraries a hub of community activity and services. WeLearnLocal is an initiative that fits into that model and we welcome the opportunity to support the project to start in Coventry."

To get involved, residents can go online at www.WeLearnLocal.co.uk, visit their local library, or engage on twitter at #covlovestolearn to state what they would like to learn. WeLearnLocal and Coventry University will then be matching residents up through skill-sharing lessons.

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