The Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre (JCLLC) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) based in Newcastle upon Tyne.  

We run the Explore Lifelong Learning programme, with offices and lecture rooms provided by Ampersand Inventions in Commercial Union House, opposite the Tyneside Cinema. 


Click here to download the Articles of JCLLC.

Click here to download the Community Interest Statement of JCLLC.
Joseph Cowen Centre 2017 Commercial Union House adult education
Commercial Union House

Charitable Status Special Resolution

May 2017 - In an electronic ballot, JCLLC CIC members overwhelmingly approved a Special Resolution to convert JCLLC from a Community Interest Company to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

95/113 members voted, of whom 93 (82% of the total membership) approved the resolution and 2 opposed..

With this endorsement we will now proceed with the conversion which will entail the adoption of a new governing document, and transfer of assets.

Our Mission Statement

The Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre enriches lives by providing outstanding opportunities for lifelong learning for people in the North-East.

Who is, or was, Joseph Cowen?

The CIC is named after the eminent Newcastle MP and philanthropist Joseph Cowen the Younger (1825-1900) whose statue stands on Westgate Road. 

To read about his life and works, please click here.
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