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About us

The start of the journey

We support vulnerable people who may be isolated, excluded, afraid or under financial strain.

We empower people to reach their potential through learning and personal development, by helping them get back to work, by building stronger families and by creating employment.

Learning Links has been helping people improve their lives for 19 years. We operate in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The start of the journey

We start off by listening and asking the right questions; we know it can be daunting to get help. Our team is experienced and mentors work one-to-one to understand needs and challenges. More often than not, we can help people in more than one way. Time and time again, feedback from our customers illustrates the positive journey and its impact… it’s not just about getting the right job, but increasing self-esteem through training, improving any problems at home and getting help with health issues.

  • Learning: reach your potential
  • Families: build stronger families
  • Health: positive lasting changes
  • Furnish: preloved furniture and employment

We also work with communities because people are affected by the neighbourhood in which they live.  We meet with communities to identify the needs and aspirations of local people.  We then support the community as it works towards its goals by inspiring people to aim higher and get the help they need to improve their life chances.  Some of the issues affecting local communities include poverty, social exclusion, unemployment, community safety and health inequality.

Learning Links runs multiple projects and commissions in learning, family support and health and wellbeing.  It has also set up two social enterprises: Optimum Training in 2014 and Edu-Care Recycling UK in 2012.

Our vision, mission and values

Our vision, mission and values reflect who we are, what we are trying to do and how we want to do it. They form a key part of our strategy and are central to the way we work and our culture.

Mission

To inspire and give confidence, skills and motivation to vulnerable people who may be isolated, excluded, afraid or living in poverty.

Vision

To empower people and communities to raise their aspirations, as well as realising their potential, through learning and personal development, by getting them back to work or learning, making a community contribution or simply becoming better equipped for life. Learning Links catalyses active communities and addresses many of the issues facing society; including poverty, social exclusion, unemployment, community safety and health inequalities. This leads to improved communities and provides a more effective society.

Values

Knowledge
Through knowledge, we empower and enable people to transform their own lives.

Respectful
We believe everyone deserves chances in life, regardless of their situation, education, background, age or disability.

Empathy
Empathy connects people together: our customers are not alone.

Creative
We like to come up with fresh ways of thinking and doing. Creativity flows both from the bottom up, and the top down.

Learning
We nurture a culture of learning as an on-going process.

Dynamic
We adapt and meet new opportunities and challenges.

Transparency
Through clear, open communication and transparency, we can provide the best possible service.

Story of Learning Links

Janet de Bathe started Learning Links in 1997 as a community-based project from Portsea Community Day Nursery.

Janet explains, “The nursery provided low cost childcare but we very quickly realised that some of the mums didn’t have the sufficient skills to enable them to get jobs to get them off benefits.

“With just an £8K grant, we formed a steering group made up of local mothers, me and a representative from Portsmouth City Council, Linda Taylor. We had very little money but we did have computers so we created learning opportunities using the skills of local mothers. We offered cake decorating, paper flower making, Indian cookery as well as facilitating partnership working with the colleges to come into the community to provide more formal learning.”
Janet de Bathe, Learning Links founder
Since 1997, Learning Links has managed multi-million pound grants and developed a number of projects that have informed government practice in the area of engagement for disadvantaged adults.  It has also set up two social enterprises: Optimum Training in 2014 and Edu-Care Recycling UK in 2012.

Inspirational stories

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We empower people to reach their potential.

Through learning and personal development, by helping them get back to work, by building stronger families and by creating employment.
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