Reading Community Learning Centre

Based in Central Reading, Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) has been operating as an independent charity since 2007, and as part of national charity, Workers’ Education Association, since the mid-1990s. We have over 20 years of experience in delivering services to support traditionally ‘hard-to-reach’ refugee and migrant women. Our mission is to empower and support refugee and migrant women by creating a space for learning, and advocating for equal treatment, equal rights, and a life free from violence and discrimination.

Many of the refugee and migrant women we support speak little or no English, and often have limited experience outside of the home; as a result, many are amongst the most isolated, deprived and vulnerable members of our community. We offer a programme of outreach activities, free training classes, workshops, 1:1 information, advice and guidance, a Crèche and social opportunities. Our services are designed to build confidence, increase skills and reduce social isolation. In 2021-22, we supported 371 women on our core programmes from 33 different countries of origin.

For our Summer 2023 Time-table please click on this link

Who to contact

Contact Name
Petra Robinson
Contact Position
RCLC Administrator
0118 959 5455 0118 959 5455 07923 138 681 07923 138 681

Where to go

Reading Community Learning Centre
Reading Community Learning Centre
94 London Street
Directions to RG1 4SJ

Our current activities at the Centre include;

  • Non-accredited English conversation classes (with built in progression from pre-entry to beginners and then to improvers classes)
  • Non-accredited reading and writing classes (with built in progression from beginners to improvers classes
  • Advice from local support services
  • Free crèche
  • Sewing courses (with built in progression from beginners through to improvers)
  • ‘Feeling good, looking good’ (health and beauty) class
  • Beginners IT class
  • Mental and Physical Wellbeing classes
  • ESOL Skills for Health classes
  • Online seated yoga classes for the elderly
  • Reception, welcome, enrolment, info and referral point
  • 1:1 information and support
  • Targeted outreach work
  • Limited supported volunteer opportunities in the Centre for learners
  • Civic engagement and consultation opportunities for learners

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Mondays to Fridays from 9:30am- 2:30pm
Time of day


Our classes are free but there are registrations fees for the following; Course Registration Fee: £15 Crèche Registration Fee: £15 Beauty class & sewing class resource contribution fee: £5 For those learners on benefits or who cannot afford to pay the fees the registrations fees are removed.


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