Become a WEA member

Join our award-winning adult education movement and access some great benefits for just £15 a year

Become a WEA member today 

Be a part of our award-winning* learning community and movement that helps to bring adult learning within reach of more people than ever before.

WEA membership costs just £15 a year, and is free if you are under 25, a current WEA volunteer, or on a low income or receive certain benefits (details are on the online application).

By becoming a member, you will be able to: 

  • Access to our popular, award-winning* weekly members’ lecture series, giving you the chance to learn from our network of expert tutors and connect with others from the comfort of your own home 
  • Get priority online and telephone booking for autumn courses
  • Make great savings with discounts at local and national retailers, and donate to the WEA while you shop
  • Receive Highway magazine and access back issues to stay updated on the work we’re doing and how you’re helping to make a difference 
  • Attend our members’ annual conference and some of our local meetings and events for free 
  • Be a part of a movement that helps others and transforms lives by bringing adult learning within reach of more people than ever before

You can find out more about WEA membership and its benefits by downloading our membership leaflet.

(*WEA has won the best online stewardship award at Fundraising Everywhere’s Charity Virtual Events Awards 2021. Learn more here.)

Did you know that paying for your membership by direct debit helps reduce our administration costs?

We are pleased to announce that you are now able to complete an online Direct Debit Mandate via our new payment partner GoCardless, who will now manage the whole process on our behalf. If you wish to pay your Membership Fee, please complete the online application, choosing Direct Debit as the payment method, when you click submit you will be taken to our page on the GoCardless website

** Please note as part of the setting up of your Direct Debit your first payment will be taken by bank transfer and you will be notified by email of future collection


Membership applications take approximately 1 week to process. 

Thank you in advance for your patience. 

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