Learning, work and volunteering
Keeping busy through learning, working and volunteering is good for mental wellbeing. In this section you can find information on the following:
Learning something new can be a boost to your confidence and is a really good way to meet new people. It could help with increasing your job prospects or maybe you just want to learn a skill, or you have an interest in taking up something new.There are a number of different ways back into training and education specifically tailored for adult learners. This includes a range of adult education classes run through local colleges. These could be short courses, courses that run over a longer period of time and classes that are held at different times of the day or evening.
If attending college on a regular basis is not suitable for you, then distance learning may be an option. This allows you to study at home and in your own time. Again talk to your local college about the options available. Most courses will charge fees. Talk to your local college for further advice about funding a course you are interested in. There is also a range of Adult Community Learning opportunities available in community venues. Courses are generally free; many target particular groups who may experience barriers to learning, for example, because of health or caring responsibilities or lack of confidence, low skills, language difficulties etc.