The Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre (JCLLC) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) 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 

August 2017 
We are pleased to announce that the Charities Commission has accepted our application to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, and Joseph Cowen LLC is now a registered charity, with the current Directors as its first Trustees.

The next step will be to transfer the assets of the CIC to the new charity. We will need the approval of Joseph Cowen company members to do this, and will seek this in October, when we reconvene for next season. Over the next three months we will be winding down the CIC, and hope to complete the change by the end of the calendar year.

Thanks to all who have been involved in this process, in particular Geoff Taylor our Company Secretary, and Ken Young our Finance Director.  

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 CIO 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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