Each year Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership (SLLP) helps between 600 and 800 people return to learning to gain new skills, qualifications and employment.  It does not charge the individual learners who benefit from its services. Originally established by the Department of Education and Skills (now Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) in 1999, SLLP is now a registered charity. It does not receive core funding and generates income through a mix of enterprise activities (e.g. sales), grant funding for projects and statutory funding to support learning.


To work with partners to ensure that those, in Surrey and beyond, who have missed out on learning in the past, have opportunities to learn and to reach their full potential.


To build a bridge linking potential learners from disadvantaged communities with life changing opportunities by

  • Developing the capacity of communities to benefit from learning through helping them to develop their own community learning projects; training trusted members of the community as Community Champions to provide information and inspire confidence; and working with partners to arrange for courses to take place within local venues.
  • Ensuring ongoing support for learners engaged to ensure that when they start their learning journey they have opportunities to progress.
  • Developing new provision and approaches to engage learners more effectively and using this knowledge to provide training partner organisations which provide for these learners.
  • Helping providers of learning to understand what potential learners need and want and therefore what needs to be done differently to engage these. We act as a ‘centre for intelligence’ providing information about successful approaches to engage disadvantaged learners in communities.
  • Improving the services offered to learners by influencing the policies and plans of those responsible for planning and funding learning.

Target Audiences

  • Disadvantaged communities living in Surrey and other parts of the South East
  • 19+ Adults (and young disadvantaged adults 16-19 where these are not being catered for)
  • Families
  • Partner organsiations providing support for these groups