Are you feeling low or depressed? Do you feel nervous, anxious or on edge? Or do you know someone who does?

Skills & Learning Bournemouth Dorset and Poole (along with other Adult Education providers nationally) are taking part in a large research project, funded by the Department for Education.

As part of the research, we are inviting people to a complete short, part-time community learning course to see if it helps them to feel more in control of their life by finding different ways to manage things like:

Not sleeping, stress, adjusting to changes in life and circumstances, worrying, finding it hard to go out, feeling anxious or sad a lot of the time. 

As part of the research, Skills & Learning are delivering two different types of courses. The courses in Dorset are for people who live in Dorset (who pay their council tax to Dorset County Council) who are having difficulty sleeping, managing stress or feeling anxious a lot of the time.

The courses in Bournemouth and Poole are for everyone. However, the project is not suitable for people with severe or enduing mental health problems. If you are not able to access the project but would like to know more about the courses Skills & Learning can offer, please contact our Customer service team on 01202 262300 and they will be able to help you.

Our Living Well courses are available in Bournemouth and Poole. They offer a chance to meet new people and learn new skills.

The courses include:

Mixed Media, Flower Arranging for Fun, Building Confidence, Creative Writing – to name a few!

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How to join the Living Well project:

As part of the Living Well project you will have have an appointment with a Wellbeing Adviser. During the appointment we will ask you to complete a mood and wellbeing questionnaire to see if you are eligible. If you are, we will ask you to sign a written consent form to let us use the information you give us. We have appointments available in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Blandford.

Please contact our Customer Service team on 01202 262300 to book your appointment.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on this research project

Your Wellbeing Adviser will discuss which courses are available to you during your appointment. There may be a small cost* for some of the courses on offer.

Have you already had a free Living Well course?

You can join as many of our monthly free ‘Top-Up’ workshops as you would like. Come along, meet others, learn something new and have a chat! Just call our Customer Service Team to book your place on 01202 262300.

If you have already had your free Living Well course, but would like to join another 5 week course you can enrol on one of our Living Well Plus* courses. These courses cost only £23 for a 5 weeks. You only need to call our Customer Service Team to book your place on 01202 262300.

*the courses which may incur a charge are not part of the research project.