Wellbeing has become a buzzword recently, with everyone looking to find new ways to reduce stress, and build resilience. Following research by the New Economics Foundation and promoted by the NHS, the Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions that help people improve their wellbeing. These steps are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.
Richmond Adult Community College (RACC) has been taking part in a national research project to highlight the link between learning and wellbeing by providing opportunities for adults to access its leisure courses and a special range of health and wellbeing workshops, such as managing stress, sleep management, building your confidence and 5 ways to wellbeing.
The research project is for anyone experiencing stress, low mood or difficulty sleeping. The initial results from Year 1 of the research project show striking improvements in those that took part, with a reduction in anxiety and depression, and increased sense of wellbeing.
RACC was one of the best providers in the first year, and has secured funding for a second year. Liz Sokoski was participating in the project and became inspired to produce and direct a film of learners’ stories to wellbeing in a film called 'Stepping Stones to Wellbeing’.
RACC has bursaries available for people taking part in the research project. There are also 50% concessions available on other wellbeing courses to help others take advantage of the benefits of learning at the college, with a wide range of subjects including arts, crafts, exercise, languages and music.
Gabrielle Flint, RACC Principal, said “Taking part in any course can have so many benefits to your wellbeing - Not only are you learning something new, but you are connecting with others, being active, taking notice and giving your time and attention, whether you are doing something as a hobby or a qualification to gain new skills.”
RACC is holding a Wellbeing Open Day on Tuesday 19 July, 11am – 3pm, Parkshot, with stalls from its partners including Richmond Healthwatch, The Community Partnership, Spear, RB Mind, Richmond CVS and Citizens Advice Bureau, displays, taster sessions and a special screening and discussion at 3pm of 'Stepping Stones to Wellbeing’.