Courses to build life skills

Learn life skills with the largest charitable provider of adult education in England and Scotland. Adult learning isn’t like school. Everyone belongs at the WEA. You’ll get meaningful, and tailored support, so you can reach your full potential. Our classes are friendly and fun, designed for adults like you. We won’t talk down to you and you’ll learn skills that you’ll use in everyday life.

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What are life skills?

Simply put, they are skills that make everyday life easier. Life skills include cooking, budgeting, communicating with others, health, well-being and managing emotions. Sometimes this means learning new things, and sometimes it means building on things you already know.

Sometimes adulting can be hard. These courses can help make it feel just that bit easier, make you feel more independent and empower you to face the future ahead.

Small steps to larger goals

You don’t have to have big goals in mind. Just take small steps towards boosting your skills and improving your wellbeing. Whether it is learning to budget better or cook healthier food. Building your confidence or gaining independence. There is a course for you.

When you study with us, you will:

  • Build your confidence
  • Learn new life skills
  • Improve your everyday life and wellbeing

Take a look at our great range of courses and start making a positive change today.

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Yoga Nidra with Georgia Daniel

Yoga Nidra translates to Yogic Sleep. Join me on this course with a difference. Fancy a super early night?....then this is the course for you! Nidra is a deeply restful Yoga practice, and a very effective way to rest and restore at the end of the day. If you want to manage stress and anxiety and reduce fatigue, we’ve got you covered! Yoga Nidra with Georgia offers you the tools, time and space you need to manage stress and open yourself up to a place of stillness, calm and deep relaxation. Yoga Nidra helps you to easily drift into a clam and meditative state from a place of comfort and ease, not only gently opening the body but to prepare you for a restful night's sleep.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 21/08/2024 -
Thu 29/08/2024
Times:
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Georgia Daniel
Course code:
Q00016946
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £22.20

Vagus Nerve Stimulation as a Pathway to Well-Being

An intriguing wellness trend for 2024 revolves around vagus nerve stimulation. This practice employs a variety of different ways to stimulate the vagus nerve, which regulates various bodily functions, including digestion, heart rate, and breathing. Stimulating the vagus nerve ca Vagal nerve stimulation can be done by practicing meditation, humming, singing, and even cold water and ice baths. This form of stimulation holds immense potential, with health benefits ranging from lowered blood pressure and reduced heart rate to stress response management and even seizure control in epilepsy. Join me on this super short course taking place in the last two weeks of August where you will learn about the vagus nerve and practice ways of stimulating this extraordinary area of the brain.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 21/08/2024 -
Thu 29/08/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Georgia Daniel
Course code:
Q00016966
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Healthy Living: Creativity to Manage Stress

Numerous studies have shown that creative activities, such as art, writing and music, can help reduce and even prevent stress. You may find that, after a stressful day, enjoying a hobby can help you to de-stress and even give you an energy boost. This friendly course will help you that being creative may also reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and can help you to express or manage your emotions in a positive and productive way. Especially when those feelings are difficult to put into words. This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore new and uplifting creative activities, and also give you the chance to socialise and connect with others who share the same interest. If you like the idea of making art in a calm and friendly environment, whilst also taking part in group activities and meeting new people, this is the right course for you!

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/08/2024 -
Thu 24/10/2024
Times:
11:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Tutor:
Katie Dexter
Course code:
Q00017140
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £210.00

Personal Development - Preparing to start the next learning journey

This short course will support you to look at setting goals that are realistic and achievable. This short course will look at what you are hoping to achieve moving forward such as planning to lose weight, starting new training opportunities or something that you have always wanted to do, but not had the courage or knowledge to know how and where to start. /during this short course we will look at setting short, medium and long term goals and discover how to plan to achieve these in a realistic time to ensure they are achievable.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/08/2024 -
Tue 27/08/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
New Hope Global (Birmingham)
Birchfield Library (2nd floor)
3 Trinity Road
Birmingham
B6 6AH
Tutor:
Humera Mehrban
Course code:
Q00018188
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
£15

Parkstone Wellbeing

This course is for clients at Parkstone Connect Centre, and continues on their journey of steps to wellbeing. Skills and learning in this course can be applied to everyday life and improve confidence and way of living as described by the NHS 5 steps to well-being programme

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 03/09/2024 -
Tue 17/12/2024
Times:
10:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
30 sessions
Location:
Tricuro -Parkstone Connect Day Centre (P
Croft Road
Poole
BH12 3LD
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00009536
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £94.50

Fitness and Exercise: Seated Aerobics

Get Moving and Feel Empowered! It is said that sitting for long, uninterrupted periods of time may leave you more prone to cardiovascular problems. So come along to this Seated Aerobics course to get those limbs moving, and those hearts pumping!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 03/09/2024 -
Tue 08/10/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Belmont Court
6 Glen Road
Bournemouth
BH14 OHF
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00016945
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.80

Healthy Living: Yoga and Mindfulness in Nature

Discover the wonderful practice of Yoga and Mindfulness, combined with Nature Connection to support your mental health and wellbeing. This is a friendly course designed to support your resilience and wellbeing to contribute to a more mindful, compassionate and environmentally sustainable world. The aim is to help you manage difficulties such as stress, anxiety and depression and enhance your wellbeing by bringing more awareness to your life, whilst developing self-confidence to express yourself. It is ideal for those who want to keep physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually fit. It will offer you guidelines, like helping hands, to move you deeper into your own authenticity and into a life that is richer and fuller, simply because you are living with more skill.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 04/09/2024 -
Wed 23/10/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Shekinah Centre (Paignton)
Preston Down Road
Preston
Paignton
TQ3 1RN
Tutor:
Ione Harris
Course code:
Q00017166
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Digital skills for Parents

Explore essential skills for managing your family’s digital safety, personal finances, and family wellbeing. This course empowers participants to protect their families online, manage finances digitally, and leverage technology for overall family wellness. The internet is vast and fast moving and often our children are more tech savy, this course will cover how you can manage what your children can access in order to increase their safety. The course will also cover a range of digital tools that can help you keep track of your personal budget at the click of a button as well as exploring what applications and sites can have a positive influence on family wellbeing.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 05/09/2024 -
Thu 28/11/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
P00000095
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

Healthy Living; Lipreading and managing hearing loss

Come along and join our friendly lipreading group at The Centre in Newlyn. This class is suitable for all levels of lipreaders and is ideal for those recently experiencing hearing loss. Our experienced tutor will guide you through the basics of lipreading and show you how to practice your lipreading skills in everyday life. Research has shown that attending a lipreading class can give you greater: • Confidence to communicate with others • Control over your hearing loss, as you develop new communication skills • Independence, as you’re less reliant on others to help you follow conversation (Source RNID.org.uk) You will learn in a supportive environment alongside other learners who will be able to share their experiences of hearing loss and learn how to overcome them together

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 05/09/2024 -
Thu 03/10/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
The Centre, Newlyn (Penzance)
Chywoone Hill
Newlyn
Penzance
TR18 5AR
Tutor:
Janet Corbett Marston
Course code:
Q00017038
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Fitness and Exercise: Yoga to support a healthy back

Yoga is a wonderful practice that supports our physical and mental well-being. This course will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of yoga whilst taking a deeper focus on yoga practices that help to keep your back healthy. Most people suffer from back ache or pain at some point in their lives. Practicing yoga is a good strategy to both prevent and manage back ache. You will learn practices that help to relieve tension and improve back strength and flexibility. Yoga is a non-competitive practice for everyone, you will be encouraged to move with care for your own body, adapting practices to meet your individual needs in a supportive learning environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 05/09/2024 -
Thu 24/10/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:45am
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
St James Church and Community Arts Cntr
24 Seamer Road
Scarborough
YO12 4DT
Tutor:
Nicola Bailey
Course code:
Q00018223
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £58.80