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Learn Well

Learn Well offer free courses from mindfulness to parenting skills, online and in the community

Our free courses are open to anyone who wants to learn and improve their wellbeing.

We also offer face-to-face training, please contact us for more information about what we offer.

Our latest courses include…

Coping with Bereavement and Grief during Coronavirus

Many people may have been affected by bereavement during the Coronavirus pandemic. The ‘social distancing’ and ‘isolation’ rules may have meant that you were unable to grieve or felt detached from loved ones. In this online training, one of our counsellors Tabitha will talk about grieving in normal times and the challenges of being bereaved during lockdown.

In this session we will cover:

  • Grieving in normal times
  • Grieving during lockdown
  • Differences between both
  • What is grief
  • 5 stages of grief
  • Helpful things you can do
  • Things to avoid
  • Where to get further help and support

Click here to enrol on the Coping with Bereavement and Grief during Coronavirus course.

Staying Well

Staying well is a constant journey and everyone has their own individual journey in life.

Life is not static, things will always change and there will always be ups and downs that you will have to face. Difficulties and challenges will come your way as well as positive things.

We cannot always avoid the challenges that occur in our lives, so it is important that we are well equipped to deal with them. When bad times occur we want to be able to cope and recover quickly. Arguably, it could be said that we learn the most from the difficult experiences that we go through in life.

We hope that this course provides you with a toolkit of techniques which can support you to stay well; techniques that you can learn and keep to hand as you progress through life’s journey.

In this course we will cover…

  • stress (external triggers)
  • 5 areas model of stress
  • tools to break the vicious cycle
  • barriers
  • packing an emergency box

Click here to enrol on the Staying Well course.

Resilience

Taking steps to look after your wellbeing can help you deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. Resilience is not just your ability to bounce back, but also your capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing.

This training gives you tools and tips to manage and build your own resilience.

In this training we will cover…

  • what is resilience.
  • characteristics of resilience.
  • what affects resilience.
  • how to increase resilience.
  • how thoughts and attitudes are connected with resilience.
  • reflection on what that has got to do with you.

Click here to enrol on the Resilience course.

Safeguarding for adults and children

Big Life believes that it is always unacceptable for a child, young person or adult at risk to experience abuse of any kind, and we all have a responsibility to safeguarding the welfare of all adults, children and young people.

In this training we will cover…

  • what “safeguarding“ means
  • the four main types of abuse
  • other types of abuse
  • signs and indicators of different forms of abuse
  • what you would do if you suspect abuse.

Click here to enrol on the Safeguarding for adults and children course.

Sleep well

Sleep – we all do it, but nearly half of us don’t do it well. Without it we’re not much good at doing anything else. Unfortunately it’s not that easy to get more sleep, most of us would love to but don’t know how to!

In this training we will cover…

  • what sleep is.
  • why we need sleep.
  • how much sleep we need.
  • what happens during sleep.
  • sleep problems.
  • what impact a lack of sleep can have on your life.
  • suggestions for sleep improvements.

Click here to enrol on the Sleep well course.

Eat well for food and mood

The government has set objectives to improve the nation’s diet and health. In this course we will talk about what a healthy diet is and how our diet not only affects our physical wellbeing but also our mood.

In this course we will cover….

  • healthy eating
  • a balanced diet
  • risks of unhealthy eating
  • effects of food on mood

Click here to enrol on the Eat well for food and mood course.

Sugar Smart

Did you know children in England are eating an extra 2,800 sugar cubes a year, which is more than double the recommended guidelines! This course will give you an understanding of added sugar, the amounts in our everyday foods, and ideas on simple swaps to help you cut back the amount of sugar that you and your family are consuming.

In this course we will cover…

  • How much added sugar is in our daily diet.
  • How much added sugar you eat per day.
  • Importance of the reduction of sugar.
  • Tips and tools on how to become sugar smart.

Click here to enrol on the Sugar Smart course.

Saving money and improving health

Is all of your money gone although it is only the middle of the month? Do you ask yourself “where has it all gone?” This training could be for you. It is about small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. We will cover methods how to plan your budget and how taking care of your money will have a positive impact on your health in the long run.

In this course we will cover…

  • the term health inequalities
  • how income can affect your health
  • examples on how to save money
  • the importance of budgeting.

Click here to enrol on the Saving money and improving health course.

Exercise and mood

Exercise doesn’t have to be painful or come in large doses to be beneficial for your mental health. Small amounts of exercise daily have been shown to be useful in alleviating anxiety and depression. Even as little as 10 minutes of low intensity walking helps.

When doing this e-learning you can learn about exercise and join in for a warm up, a short exercise session of your choice and cool down. At the end of this course you will be able to design your own exercise plan to improve your physical as well as mental health.

In this course we will cover…

  • the benefits of exercise
  • how to choose the right type of exercise
  • the structure of an effective exercise programme
  • demonstration of individual exercise: warm up, activity, cool down.

Click here to enrol on the Exercise and mood course.

Gender Inclusivity

7.7 billion individuals live on earth. We expect all of them to fit into one of two categories: male and female – but how do you decide which box to tick? Has it got to do with genitals? Has it got to do with how somebody dresses and acts? How they feel inside? Or who they are attracted to?

The term GENDER can be quite confusing. This training is about Gender and how it relates to sex, sexuality and expression. It is about experiences of transgender people and will help you to feel more confident about having conversations about gender.

In this training we will cover…

  • Gender and how it relates to sex, sexuality and expression
  • Experiences of transgender people
  • How to have conversations around gender
  • Reflection on your own sex, sexuality and gender.

Click here to enrol on the Gender Inclusivity course.

Equality and Diversity

This training aims to give you a good understanding of equality and diversity. The training underpins the importance of equality and diversity and explores the Equality Act 2010.

After this training you can…

explain the terms:

  • explain the terms Diversity, Equality and Discrimination
  • identify different types of discrimination
  • explain what the Equality Act 2010 is and where it comes from
  • name the nine protected characteristics.

Click here to enrol on the Equality and Diversity course.

Oral Health Advice

36% of the 5 year old children in Greater Manchester have tooth decay. In this training we will talk about why it is important to do something about this number. We will discuss why oral health is important and how we can keep track of our and our family’s sugar intake.

In this course we will cover…

  • the definition of “oral health”.
  • the importance of teeth.
  • causes and prevention of tooth decay.
  • the amounts of sugar in different foods.
  • different names for sugar.
  • brushing teeth.
  • how to get a dentist.

Click here to enrol on the Oral Health Advice course.

Your child and school

This course is about what how you can prepare your child for starting school. We will cover useful tips and introduce games you could play to make them familiar with numbers and letters. We will also cover you can support your child’s learning once they are settled in school and how good routines are important for your child’s health and wellbeing.

In this course we will cover…

  • What schools expect and how to support your child before starting.
  • How to support your child’s learning in school.

Click here to enrol on the Your child and school course.

CV writing

Stand out from the crowd! It’s your first chance to impress a prospective employer.

This course will help you to draft the perfect CV, ensuring you make the most out of the opportunity to showcase your skills and experience.

Writing an effective application form, covering letter or CV is essential to get to interview. This course will give you tips and tools to write a strong application form, covering letter and clear, effective CV.

After this course you can…

  • define the requirements of an effective CV
  • explain the basic information required on a CV
  • describe the different types of CVs
  • list what makes a good cover letter.

Click here to enrol on the CV writing course.

Interview techniques

You got to interview, well done! But what now?

This training will help prepare you for your interview, covering interview techniques, dos and don’ts and lots of tips and ideas to help you give your best interview yet and improve your chances of getting the job.

After this course you can…

  • describe the different types of interview
  • explain the pros and cons of these different types
  • memorise the four stages of interview
  • explain how to prepare for an interview
  • describe the ‘’do’s and don’ts”
  • give examples for interview questions.

Click here to enrol on the Interview techniques course.

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Coronavirus update

In light of the current situation, we are making changes to the way we deliver services at the moment. One-to-one appointments that would normally be delivered face-to-face will now take place over the phone or through video call. There is no need to call us to confirm – your regular point of contact will call you at the time your appointment was scheduled.

We are also no longer holding groups inside. We’re currently arranging alternatives where possible through considering walking or virtual groups. Please contact your group facilitator, or the centre where the group runs from, for more information.

If you’re worried, think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus or want further information, see the latest advice from Public Health England.

Finally, if you’re struggling through self-isolation, please don’t feel alone. There are local community groups being created all over the country, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can call our community centres in your local area, which you can find here.