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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.

To view our new course prospectuses for Autumn 2023 please click the links below.

Plymouth prospectus

Torbay and South Devon prospectus

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

Outcomes and comments from last term


The Plymouth Learning Exchange offers an eclectic mix of courses to suit everyone needs, whether this is learning how to carve spoons, forage in nature or learn a new language there is something for everyone. A warm welcoming environment awaits you to help you learn in a relaxed manner with like minded individuals  Our team prides themselves on giving people a grounded learning space to help nurture growth and where they can be themselves and be accepted for who they are without labels.

If you would like more information please contact the Plymouth Learning Exchange Team using the email below.



We have always had an open-door policy everyone is welcome, everyone has the same level of respect, everyone is a human.

The team at Endeavour is and has always been welcoming, good at hearing people, advocating and showing people we care about what happens.

Over the past year we have created a space where by people from all walks of life can come together to learn, show case their skills and exchange learning. We have workshops that have built confidence, helped with employment, improved mental and physical health and built friendships.

It’s great seeing people connect and learn, support and celebrate one another.

If you would like more information, please contact Georgie on the email below.




The Learning Exchange Team

Dagmar Schwitzgebel
Learning Exchange Coordinator (Plymouth)
Georgie Brown
Learning Exchange Co-Ordinator (Torbay)
Diane Laird
Learning Exchange Administrator (Torbay)
David Sparkes
Teaching, Learning & Administration Associate (Plymouth)
Angela Douglas
Teaching, Learning and Administration Associate (Plymouth)
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