What we do

The Learning Exchange

What is the Learning Exchange?

The Learning Exchange offers a range of accessible and flexible opportunities for people to explore the pleasure and personal benefits to be derived from the process of learning.

By bringing together an inclusive partnership from the locality we:

  • Provide an environment where people can share and learn from each other
  • Provide learning opportunities that are clearly demarcated from therapeutic services and groups
  • Provide learning opportunities which are co-designed, co-delivered and co-consumed

How will it operate?

The Learning Exchange supports people to embark on a self-directed programme of learning and activity to develop their strengths and interests. No formal qualifications are required to attend courses – just enthusiasm and interest.

Drawing on a pool of volunteer tutors/facilitators, we ensure that people can access a wide range of informal and enjoyable learning opportunities; all provided in a welcoming and collaborative space that enables people to discover who they are, who they can be, and to realise the unique contribution they have to offer.

We embed reciprocal peer learning structures within our design and approach to teaching and participation. And Learners will also be assisted to deliver courses of their own design adding valuable, additional layers of learning, opportunity, and purpose to the programme.


We know that caring, positive learning environments provide many benefits to people including:

  1. Strengthened sense of self (self-confidence, self-esteem, sense of achievement, sense of control)
  2. Gives purpose, meaning and value
  3. Provides social interaction
  4. Gives a sense of belonging, inclusion, and acceptance
  5. Provides more than education, but insight, generated between participants

Please click on the following links to find out what courses are available.

Learning Exchange Prospectus Plymouth

Learning Exchange Prospectus Torbay

Additional course have become available in Torbay, please click below for more information:

Tai Chi Course

Understanding Stress

If you would like more information please contact Dagmar for Plymouth and Sarah for Torbay:



The Learning Exchange Team

Dagmar Schwitzgebel
Learning Exchange Coordinator (Plymouth)
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