When was the last time you learned something new? Today we are going to have a quick look about what it means to learn, how it can contribute to wellbeing, and how you might be able to learn something new in Lewisham.
In some ways we are constantly learning. What happens when you watch or listen to a news programme, for example, usually involves a degree of learning as you take in new information relating to the world and current events. But when we talk about learning as a way to wellbeing, we are talking about something a bit more than that. Learning can impact upon wellbeing when it really changes us, how we think of ourselves or lifts our confidence. It might be learning a new skill like how to knit or how to play a new musical instrument or it might be a language.
Most importantly, learning doesn’t have to take place in a traditional learning environment like a school or college. In Lewisham there are a number of voluntary groups and clubs where you can go to learn new skills. Never ridden a bike before? Wheels for Wellbeing still run their sessions on a Tuesday from 12 until 1pm! Want to learn to sew? Why not try ‘Sew You Need to Need to Get Out More’ at Besson Street Community Garden on Wednesday afternoons. The University if the Third Age offers a really broad variety of learning opportunities in the borough; just take a look at their timetable!
So maybe 2015 is the year you finally start having those French lessons, or fix up that rusty old bike that is sitting in your garage! Whatever it is you want to do, learning is sure to make you feel good!
Post by Henry