The ‘Self Health’ Research Project has been accepted as part of ‘The Year of Education in Europe’ run by the European Association of the Education of Adults, EAEA.
In 2017 EAEA wants to celebrate adult education and the work of community in Europe. By working with adult learning organisations and other community groups across Europe, they hope to inspire a passion in their learners. Furthermore, they hope to show that adult education can improve people’s lives and futures, both personally and professionally.
Our event – ‘Self Health’ is part of a government funded National Adult Education Mental Health Research Project. As part of this project we are delivering free courses in a range of subjects and measuring their impact on the mental wellbeing of those with mild to moderate mental health challenges.
It is hoped to show, through this research, that adult education courses can have a positive effect on people’s mental health and benefit hundreds of adults across the country. This evidence would help to secure government funding for adult education providers for the years to come.
The courses are in English and take place at different education providers around Brighton and Hove, including at Friends Centre. We are hoping they will give individuals life skills and help them feel healthier and experience improved mental wellbeing.
We are currently partway through our spring courses and already looking forward to our summer courses. We are building on the success of our Arts and Crafts classes and offering more in sewing and knitting as well as beginner IT skills and confidence building.