Last updated: 12.05.15

Virtual College supports pioneering programme at community arts charity

Ilkley-based online learning provider, Virtual College, has donated £5,000 to help Hive fund a pioneering woodwork and technology project.Hive is a community arts charity based in Shipley, West Yorkshire. It uses creativity to promote personal development and well-being amongst the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in the Bradford District.Joy Hart, Manager of Hive, commented: “We are delighted that Virtual College is supporting the work we do.""The funding will go towards a project that will inspire interest in creativity at the early stages of young people’s development.”Hive will deliver practical sessions to young people enabling them to learn about programming within a context of hands on making and exploring three dimensional design.These activities will combine traditional woodworking skills and technology to make intelligent and programmable automatons.Virtual College’s Health and Social Care General Manager, Abby Dacres, said: “We are pleased to be able to support Hive’s work.”“Creativity can have a positive contribution to health, well-being and community regeneration by helping people to engage in education, volunteering and employment.”Martin Measure shows Abby Dacres round the woodwork project the money will fund. About Virtual CollegeVirtual College has developed into one of the UK's leading providers of total solutions within the e-learning arena. Its key objective is to help enhance the traditional learning solution through the careful integration of technology.Founded in 1995, today Virtual College has over 1.7 million registered online learners and this is growing at a rate of over 1,000 a day, across both public and private sectors. The company has developed a comprehensive product range, including over 300 online courses, accessed via the company's own Learning Management System, as well as offering a complete content design and development service. Further information is available at