Fund aims to add to adults understanding of maths

Monday April 15th 2024


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Paul Kelly

A new fund launched by Scottish Borders Council which aims to add to adults understanding of mathematics has opened for applications.

The Multiply Workshop Fund is available to local sole traders, small businesses, community groups and other organisations to support the delivery of free, short-term workshops which will form part of a second Multiply Adult Learning Programme.

Organisations can apply for up to £3,000 to put towards the cost of developing activities that would allow adults to feel more confident when using numbers in everyday life, increase their confidence with numeracy and improve their health and well-being through socialising, feeling included and learning a new skill or hobby.

The workshops should be suitable for any level, beginner to advanced, so that adults can sign up to an activity which allows them to learn at their own pace. Examples could include cookery, art, crafts, music, computing, orienteering or DIY.

Councillor Leagh Douglas, SBC’s executive member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “The first Adult Learning Programme was a hugely successful initiative with 115 residents from across the Borders taking part in a workshop of their choice.

“Feedback from providers was overwhelmingly positive with participants also confirming that not only had they increased their confidence with numbers, they experienced a greater sense of well-being from the opportunity to meet new people and learn a new skill.

“The team have made some refinements ahead of the second programme launching to ensure that participants and providers are able to gain even more benefit. One example is that they are hoping to offer workshops that will be suitable for families to attend and enjoy together.

“Once again, this is an exciting and worthwhile programme to be part of and I would encourage organisations to get their applications in as soon as they can.”

The fund is open from April 15th to May 11th 2024. More information about the eligibility criteria and how to apply is available at:

If anyone has any queries or would like more information, these can be emailed to:

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