Learning new skills can be useful and entertaining but research shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing.
Mental wellbeing is about feeling good about yourself, the world around you and being able to get on with life in the way you want.
Learning can not only boost self-confidence and self-esteem, but it can also help build a sense of purpose and help us connect with others in ways we wouldn’t usually.
Learning doesn’t have to be about getting more qualifications or certificates. There are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life in Oldham.
Why not visit the Gallery and soak up the history of the town or try a course with the Lifelong Learning Service?
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. Classes and formal courses are great ways to learn new things, but there are lots of other ways, too.
If you have 5 minutes you could:
- Learn a new word – either in English or another language
- Read the news and learn more about the world
- Begin a crossword or puzzle
If you have half an hour you could:
- Visit a Library and pick up an educational book on your chosen topic. There are 12 libraries spread out across the borough. To find your nearest one, visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/libraries
- Pick a topic and learn about it online, there are lots of free online resources you can take advantage of
- Visit Gallery Oldham and browse the exhibitions on show
- Learn how to fix something. This could be your garden fence, bike or a household item that you’ve been avoiding. You could even set yourself a bigger DIY project…there’s millions of tutorial videos online.
If you have an hour or more you could:
- Check out the courses on offer by Lifelong Learning Service, just visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/lifelong
- Build your skills in growing fruit and vegetables by coming to a course at the Alexandra Park Growing Hub. Visit: www.getoldhamgrowing.
- Look at the courses on offer at Action Together: www.actiontogether.org.uk/