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5 Ways To Well Being - Keep Learning

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Keep LearningTry something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Ideas to get you started...

Library services

Join your local library where you can take an Adult Learning course, access online academic articles, research your family history and lots more, as well as borrowing books!

Part time courses

From languages and photography to first aid and Reiki, a wide range of part time/ evening courses are on offer at Kidderminster College.

U3A: Learn, Laugh & Live

Wyre Forest & District U3A has a wide range of 50+ interest groups for its 600 members, who have retired from full time employment. No qualifications needed to join. 

Adult Learning

For more information on courses available via Worcestershire County Council download their Adult Learning App – Apple  Google  Amazon  Microsoft

Go On Worcestershire

Helping people go confidently online through one to one support and group sessions. Visit Go on Worcestershire for details.  

Museums

Learn about our local heritage by visiting a museum in Wyre Forest or elsewhere in Worcestershire  

What's on

A selection of events in the area to help you keep learning. 

Wednesday 13 June - St George’s Hall, Bewdley

Talk on electric cars  

6-7pm Meet local electric car owners with their cars.
7pm    Low emission vehicles talk about current trends and future predictions, charging infrastructure and reducing emissions followed by Q&A session.
From 8.15pm there may be an opportunity for a short test drive in an electric car.

Follow the Transition Bewdley page on Facebook for updates.

Wednesday 13 June - 7-9pm at St Peter's Community Church Birchen Coppice

Midsummer wreaths and Floral crowns

Join Transition Kidderminster’s Make, Mend and Chat group at their monthly session. No charge but suggested donation of £2 for hot drinks and biscuits. www.transitionkidderminster.org.uk

Monday 18 June - 10am – 4pm Worcester

Dementia Champions training

Learn how to become a volunteer Dementia Champion to enable you to deliver Dementia Friends sessions to people in your network, from friends to colleagues to groups in your local community. See www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Friday 22 June - 7.30pm at West Midlands Safari Park

Bats and Bees talk 

Speakers from Bat Conservation Trust (BCT)/ Bumblebee Conservation Trust. The talk will cover the plight some of our local British wildlife, namely bats and bees in the UK today. Places must be booked in advance by emailing research@wmsp.co.uk. Entry fee: £5 donation to go to the speakers’ charities. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

Saturday 30 June - 10am – 1pm at St George’s Hall, Bewdley.

Colour Me Happy Workshop

Feeling good about your appearance requires us to go a little more than just skin deep! Looking good and feeling great can help you to feel more relaxed and self-assured and will have a knock on effect on your mood and confidence levels. This fun informative workshop will help you to identify your unique style personality, understand the impact colour can have on your wellbeing and how to make your wardrobe work for you! £13.50 (or free – subject to conditions). See www.worcestershire.gov.uk/courses or call Worcestershire Adult Learning 01905 728537

Monday 2 July

Bewdley Green Drinks

Join Transition Bewdley for informal friendly discussions about environmental and social issues that affect our planet in general and Bewdley in particular. Take place on the first Monday of the month, 8pm upstairs at The Great Western Pub, Kidderminster Road, Wribbenhall. Follow the Transition Bewdley page on Facebook for updates.

Monday 2 July - 9:30 – 12:30 at Kidderminster Library

Food Hygiene Course 

For more information see a staff member at any Worcestershire Libraries or visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/adultlearning  £15.00/FREE (subject to criteria).

Thursday 5th July - 9.30 am – 1.30pm at Kidderminster Town Hall.

Showcase of Services for Older People

Information and advice on services and support available to older people from a range of organisations. Includes learning opportunities and demonstrations.

 

Saturday 7 July - 10am – 1pm, St George’s Hall, Bewdley.

Creative Writing Workshop

When people think of writing they often think solely of writing a novel but there are lots of different markets. Learn how to develop your creative writing skills, research genres, capture your reading audience and enjoy writing. 

£13.50 (or free – subject to conditions). See www.worcestershire.gov.uk/courses or call Worcestershire Adult Learning 01905 728537

Monday 9 July - 9:30 – 12:30 at Kidderminster Library

Customer Care and Communication Skills Course

£15.00/FREE (subject to criteria). For more information see a staff member at any Worcestershire Libraries or visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/adultlearning

 

Wednesday 11 July - 7-9pm, St Peter's Community Church Birchen Coppice.

Air Dry Clay

Have a go at making a clay model to take home. Join Transition Kidderminster’s Make, Mend and Chat group at their monthly session. No charge but suggested donation of £2 for hot drinks and biscuits. www.transitionkidderminster.org.uk

Monday 16 July at County Hall, Worcester, 5.30pm-8.30pm

Social Contact training… Lets talk about mental health

Increasing your skills, knowledge and confidence in starting conversations about mental health.

Social Contact is defined as “Conversations that take place between people who have lived experience of mental health problems and those who may not”. When people talk to each other and establish common ground, prejudices and assumptions are often challenged and replaced with mutual understanding and respect. This can lead to changes in attitudes and behaviours, and the Time to Change campaign is proving that this is an incredibly effective way to reduce stigma and discrimination.

To book a space for the free training, or for further information and questions, please contact Amanda Wright amandaw@comfirst.org.uk 01684 312754

Wednesday 18 July at West Midlands Safari Park, 7.30pm.

Cheetah Talk

Cheetah Outreach/ Nottingham Trent University research project: talk on preliminary results from the findings. Places must be booked in advance by emailing research@wmsp.co.uk. Entry fee: £5 donation to go to the speakers’ charities. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

Wednesday 18 and Wednesday 25 July venue TBC

2 day Adult Mental Health First Aid course

For any adult (16+) who would like to learn about mental health issues, people who (on a personal level) are supporting those with mental health needs, people who (in the course of their work) are supporting people with mental health needs, anybody working in the field of mental health.

For more information or to book a place, please contact amandaw@comfirst.org.uk 01684 312754

Thursday 16 August at County Hall, Worcester (Kidderminster Room), 1pm - 4.30pm

Introduction to challenging mental health stigma and discrimination

  • After completing this workshop you should be able to:
  • Explain what stigma and discrimination are in relation to mental health
  • Describe their impact and consequences
  • Identify effective strategies to challenge stigma and discrimination in a group or individually
  • Apply these strategies in practice
  • Identify ways of keeping safe

To book a space for the free workshop, visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-champions-in-hubs-good-practice-tickets-45557791581

For further information and questions, please contact Community First as the Worcestershire Time to Change Co-ordinator (Amanda Wright amandaw@comfirst.org.uk)

Repair Cafe Wyre Forest

Learn new skills and get assistance with carrying out repairs on your household items such as appliances, gadgets, furniture, toys, bikes, clothes, tools and more. Free but donations towards running costs encouraged. Refreshments and cakes provided.

Kidderminster Youth House: first Saturday each month, 10am – 2pm.

Bewdley St George’s Hall: third Saturday each month, 10am – 2pm.

Adult Cycle Training

Free adult cycle training is available to Wyre Forest residents aged 16+. Training is available for all levels- for complete beginners wanting to learn to ride in a safe off-road environment, for those looking to building their confidence or for more advanced cyclists looking to cycle more on the roads. Get in touch to find out more and arrange your free 2 x 2 hour training sessions with a qualified cycle instructor.

Job Club at Kidderminster Library, Mondays 11 am - 12 noon

Job seekers are supported to search and apply online for work, create C.Vs and covering letters. Printing is free during this session. Alongside Job Club  we are also offering workshops in English and Maths to help customers develop their skills.

Improve your Digital Skills

Book 121 appointments with Kidderminster Library’s volunteer Digital Champions to improve your digital skills. Various times and days for appointments are available and this service is free. Call in to the library to find out more.

 

Electronic information for your studies or research.

Through the library catalogue, customers can access Ancestry, Access to Research, titles from Oxford University Press and more. Visit the Worcestershire eResources page for info.

 

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