Carl suffers with social anxiety and was in search of a local community course where he could connect with others while learning new skills.  

“I wanted to get out more, meet new people and help others who suffer with similar mental health issues.” 

It was through the WEA that Carl found a local crafts course just a short journey from where he lives.  

Carl waving and smiling at the camera in a white long sleeved shirt while stood outside

The course has helped me to socialise and get talking!

"I think courses like this are important because they get people out of the house to create new friendships, learn something new and manage their mental health. Without these courses, people would struggle.

I enjoy coming to the class and being in the company of my tutor, Jaynie. She’s a nice person to work around and is really supportive. We recently did some clay modelling which I enjoyed. Everyone was happy and it was such an enjoyable day.” 

While Carl still struggles with social anxiety, he continues to attend his WEA community class to manage it one day at a time.  

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