In 1991 the organisation became a company limited by guarantee and was managed by a Voluntary Management Group comprising of the four founding members and volunteers from a wide range of professional backgrounds.
Since 1994 the Wigan town centre site has been funded by Wigan Social Services to provide a person centred service for over 50 people. In 2000 funding was secured from the Community Fund to provide a similar educational facility in Leigh. The Leigh service has been operational since April 2000 and provides an educational service for 50-55 learners on the Life Skills programme.
The organisation gained Charitable Status in 2002 and has been successful in meeting the national standard for the Investors in People Award. ACE has successfully maintained the IIP quality standard. As an education provider ACE is committed to delivering quality educational programmes and managing the performance of its service and employees.
The organisation works in partnership with local employers and other service providers within the voluntary and community sector. These include training agencies and the local council. This ensures that information is disseminated and good working practices are shared. ACE also works closely with family members and support agencies to identify individual needs for the mutual benefit of the learner.
ACE AIMS TO PROVIDE
- Alternative community based education and training.
- A comprehensive learner centred service working to enable learners to make informed choices about their lives, by encouraging them to take an active part in their own community for their own and the community’s benefit.
- A service which works in partnership with a variety of community based agencies and resources.
- A service which reaches out to adult learners who may have been excluded from other statutory provision.
- Continuous improvement in the quality of service by regular evaluation and investment in the professional development of staff and volunteers
- A secure, well established service for the future.