Friends Centre Celebrates

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We’re celebrating seven decades of working for learners in the city and a ‘good’ recent Ofsted report with a party.*

The Ofsted boost was particularly heartening for an organisation that first opened its doors to adult learners in 1945.  Originally based in the Friends Meeting House in Brighton’s Lanes, Friends Centre has always welcomed not only Brighton residents but newcomers to the city, including refugees, troops and others far from home.   The parallels with the present are still very clear.

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Now based in the One Brighton building near Brighton Station, Friends Centre continues to support new people moving into the city – including a current group of refugees from Syria.   For them and a wide range of other adult learners, Ofsted has recognised our high quality teaching and learning to help learners, often challenged in some way, to develop their knowledge, basic skills, language, understanding and creativity.

On the afternoon of 21st April, the Centre will be celebrating its past and present and looking to its future when current and former staff, principals, trustees and community partners will be meeting at Friends Centre.  Over tea and cakes they’ll be hearing from newly-elected Friends Centre President – the eminent Professor Alan Tuckett, Caroline Lucas MP, and the current Principal and Chair of Trustees.  There’ll be a chance to share memories of Friends Centre, to see student work and, importantly, to mingle with old friends.


If you’ve been involved with Friends Centre and would like an invitation, please contact:


EJ Birtwell:      [email protected] or 01273 810210


*Please note that this is an invitation only event, but if you'd like to be involved then please get in touch.
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