WinA was established in May 2002 as an innovative community organisation working to deliver a range of initiatives, which tackle social issues that affect community cohesion, educational attainment and achievement, disaffection and citizenship.
The organisation is established on Christian principles, operates within a policy of equality of opportunity and access for all. It aims to be a catalyst for grass root community empowerment, enabling the rediscovery of the role of individuals and groups to identify solutions to local challenges and situations. It seeks to support community development through social enterprise.
From 2005 to 2012, WinA operated solely as WINA Tutors, a study support centre, comprising of primary that is Year 4 to Sixth form offering only academic support and predominantly funded through admission and tuition fees from students other private sources. It continued however to be a tool for creating educational opportunities and a vehicle for widening participation in the area of learning and teaching.