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WEA Omega Centre Portsmouth

WEA adult education courses in Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Omega Centre is a modern adult learning facility based in a grand Victorian building in Southsea, Portsmouth.  We welcome adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.  Come to the centre and have a look around.  Talk to staff, tutors, learners and volunteers about the courses and other opportunities we offer.  Have a look at what we do without any obligation to sign up to a course.  Click here to watch a video of Omega Centre student and volunteer Jane talking about her positive experiences of learning with us.  Hope to see you soon!

Finding a course at Omega Centre

There are a few ways to find out what's going on at Omega Centre:

  1. View our pdf brochure (link below), which we update termly
  2. Contact us using the details further down this page
  3. Click the big orange 'book online' button below the calendar on the right.  This is connected to the national WEA course database, and is therefore always up-to-date.  Type Portsmouth as the Venue Town, and click search. 

A short history

Omega Centre welcomes adults of all ages and abilities and invites them to take part in a wide range of courses. Located in the Southsea area of Portsmouth, the Centre has been part of the City's education landscape since it first opened its doors as a Victorian 'board' school in 1882. The WEA took over the management of the building in 2008 and undertook a programme of major refurbishment. It is now regarded as one of Portsmouth's foremost adult education centres, with a particular focus on Arts, media, IT and Skills for Life (literacy and numeracy).

The building’s redevelopment into a 21st Century arts and education centre was largely possible thanks to the Jeffery-Machin Foundation (JMF) and support from Portsmouth City Council.  The JMF was the legacy of Canon Ivor Jeffery-Machin and his wife, Brenda. Canon Jeffery-Machin worked for the WEA as a part-time tutor from 1940 until 1984; both he and Brenda were great believers in the value of lifelong and community learning.

Omega Arts

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Launching in May 2015 with an Art Fair followed by Workshops in June, Omega Arts is a vibrant new programme of creative courses led by working professional artist-tutors.  Come and scratch your creative itch at our beautiful and well-equiped centre, which is just minutes from Portsmouth and Southesea and Fratton stations.  Choose from one-day workshops on Omega Saturdays, or immerse yourself in art for two whole days at Omega Weekends.  We will have recommendations for seeing Portsmouth during your stay, plus great hotel bed-and-breakfast deals.

Contact us

Adult Education Portsmouth Omega Centre Southsea Somers Town WEA

Omega Centre, Omega Street, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 4LP
T: 023 9229 1346 | E: portsmouth@wea.org.uk


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Omega Centre Online

Branch contact: Reception

Telephone no: 023 9229 1346

Email: portsmouth@wea.org.uk

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