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Lifelong Learning Guide Out Now!

Learn for mental wellbeing

Our Quick Reference Guide is out and there might be something for you!

A simple google search will take you to a number of websites demonstrating the link between learning and mental well-being, and, presumably, happiness? There is even a page on the NHS website (www.nhs.uk – Moodzone):

“Learning new skills can be useful, but research shows it can also improve our mental wellbeing.
It doesn’t have to mean getting more qualifications. There are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.
Many of us associate learning with childhood or our student days. As adults, it can seem as though we have less time or need to learn new things.
But evidence shows that continuing to learn throughout life can improve and maintain our mental wellbeing.
Mental wellbeing means feeling good – about yourself and the world around you – and being able to get on with life in the way you want.
Learning can boost self-confidence and self-esteem, help build a sense of purpose, and help us connect with others.”

How you can keep learning?

If you want to make learning a bigger part of your life, it helps to think about learning in the broadest sense, and in London there are so many opportunities for formal and informal learning opportunities.

Wandsworth Council Lifelong Learning

The service tries to keep the curriculum as up-to-date and as relevant as possible.

• We are delivering a growing number of apprenticeships in a growing number of subjects. There are people of all ages on our apprenticeship programmes! Some are new entrants to the labour market, but an increasing number are already employed. Our ILM Management course at levels 3 and 5 has proved particularly popular.
• We also offer a number of short courses in Team Leading, Conflict Management, Customer Service. These course promote an interest in further learning, with some candidates progressing to apprenticeships
• There are numerous opportunities for adults to improve their English, Maths and skills for employment. There is also an increase in the number of ESOL courses, for people whose first language is not English.
• There are hundreds of courses that we deliver in partnership with South Thames College and very specialist work with a number of community organisations in Wandsworth.
• We also have an extensive number of fun Family Learning courses.

Please download our Quick Reference Guide. If you think you could benefit from someone helping you to explore your options please do not hesitate to contact us at edlifelong@wandsworth.gov.uk and we can organise some help by phone or face to face.

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