ALP : The Adult Learning Project,

Welcome to the website for the Adult Learning Project (ALP)

The Adult Learning Project runs free courses in women’s studies, politics, economics, culture and community, literacies, the arts and community development. 

Based on the philosophy and practice of educationalist and activist Paulo Freire, ALP believes in learning as part of our daily lives: things of interest, things of personal use and things to help us make our communities better and stronger. Together we can investigate the world; educate and empower ourselves and each other; learn from 'experts' / professionals and from people with more experience - through dialogue, on equal terms, and in a co-operative way.  

If you're interested in getting involved or finding out more about the project, you're welcome to come along to one of our monthly association meetings. The ALP Association is an independent body made up of adult learners and supporters of ALP. Members meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 18:45 in Tollcross Community Centre. 

Poem of the Month

One of our most long-standing and cherished writers, Dorothy, passed away this year. We will miss her very much but we have many very happy times to remember. She had the lightest touch of a true artist in the pictures she painted with her words. We will continue to feature her work on this website for your enjoyment.

What is Missing

It’s the last piece of the jigsaw
That leaves the picture incomplete,
The point that no-one gets.

And that last bus on a freezing winter’s night.
The umbrella when the heavens open,
The keys when you’ve locked yourself out,
A policeman when you need one,
And that word you can’t recall.


It’s the sharing after you’ve left me,
Your warmth that filled the room,
The morning cup of tea in bed
And the arguments no-one won.
The wet towels on the bathroom floor.
How I miss them.

 © Dorothy Wilson

ALP: A democratic learning community

Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre,
117 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QG

• For more information or to enroll for any ALP course
phone 0131 221 5800  (Tollcross Community Centre)

  • Tom Fairnie in the Travellling Waverlies

    Singer/ songwriter Tom Fairnie - see ALP Writers (main menu)

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