The National Family Learning Network is an alliance of three leading family learning organisations (Campaign for Learning, ContinYou, NIACE) and is a support network for over 9,500 practitioners who work with an estimated 5 million families each year. It integrates all areas of the Family Learning agenda at policy and practitioner level and provides a one-stop shop for practitioners to network and access resources, through this website.  The National Family Learning Network manages the Big Impact Project funded by the Big Lottery.


About the Big Impact Project


The Big Impact Project is run by the National Family Learning Network and funded by the BASIS Big Lottery Fund until 2012. Over three years the Big Lottery Fund has given grants worth £40 million to increase family learning opportunities across England. The Big Impact Project offers infrastructure support for these family learning projects and their partners England-wide.

This includes:

  • the National Family Learning Network website
  • high quality resources and materials that support programme delivery
  • a funding directory to support the sustainability of family learning
  • customised training
  • peer mentoring and one to one support


About the Campaign for Learning


The Campaign for Learning was created with the sole purpose of championing the cause for lifelong learning. It.started in 1995 as an RSA (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce) initiative and became an independent charity in November 1997.

The Campaign for Learning is working for a society where learning is at the heart of social inclusion. It works to build motivation, create opportunities and provide support for learning in families and communities, workplaces and schools that leads to positive change. Key elements of the Campaign’s work include projects, policy and advocacy, practitioner networks, research, events, consultancy and publications and national promotional campaigns such as the annual Family Learning Festival.

The Campaign for Learning works with partners from the creative sector, the voluntary and community sector and private sector organisations to explore the key issues and opportunities for family learning.

The Campaign for Learning
24 Greencoat Place 
Westminster, London SW1P 1RD
Tel: 020 7930 1111
Fax: 020 7930 1551

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NIACE, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, is the national voluntary organisation for adult learners and adult learning. A member-led educational charity, NIACE exists to engage more and different adults in better quality learning of all kinds. It works to develop increased participation in education and training, particularly for those who do not have easy access because of class, gender, age, race, language and culture, learning difficulties or disabilities or insufficient financial resources. NIACE works to support the development of a broad vision of intergenerational learning opportunities for all families and co-ordinates the Family Learner of the Year awards as part of Adult Learners’ Week.

NIACE supports adult and family learning through consultancy, advice and support services; research and development work; publications; conferences and seminars; training courses and campaigns. It engages with ministers and parliamentarians to advocate for adult and family learning; enables networking with practitioners, policy-makers and researchers and disseminates specialist information.

NIACE works with local authorities, adult education providers, children’s centres, voluntary bodies, charitable trusts, government departments and agencies, trade unions, corporate supporters and European funders.

21 De Montfort Street
Tel +44 (0) 116 204 4200 Fax +44 (0) 116 204 4514

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About ContinYou


ContinYou is a national learning charity that aims to open up opportunities for learning through working directly with individuals, schools, families and communities; developing innovative provision that demonstrates effective practice; sharing knowledge about “what works” with others and acting as advocates for learning that is accessible to all.

ContinYou’s vision is of a world where everyone has the chance to transform their lives through learning, so that they can be confident, achieve and help build supportive families and strong communities. ContinYou believes that excellent and enjoyable opportunities for learning should be available and accessible to everyone, giving them the skills, knowledge and self-confidence they need to lead fulfilling and happy lives.

ContinYou offers a wide range of innovative programmes, resources, training and consultancy in the fields of: community-based learning; health improvement; regeneration; lifelong learning; extended services in schools and family learning and parental support.

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Grovelands Court
Grovelands Estate
Longford Road
Telephone: +44 (0)24 7658 8440
Fax: +44 (0)24 7658 8441

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Registered charity no. 1097596


About the Big Lottery Fund and BASIS


The Big Lottery Fund gives close to £2 million in lottery good cause money every 24 hours - 14 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket. Their mission is to bring real improvements to communities and the lives of people in need.

They fund projects and programmes within three key themes:

  • supporting community learning and creating opportunity
  • promoting community safety and cohesion
  • promoting well-being.

Over three years the Big Lottery Fund has given grants worth £40 million to increase family learning opportunities across England. Big Lottery funded family learning projects run enjoyable learning activities for all the family, with parents and carers improving their skills and knowledge and helping their children while they are learning. They meet local needs, remove the practical barriers to learning and reach families that have not been involved in learning together before.

The Big Lottery BASIS programme, which funds the Big Impact project, aims to ensure that voluntary and community organisations throughout England have access to high quality support that will help them to be more effective.