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Learning for Independence

We offer a wide range of courses for adults with learning disabilities, providing opportunities for individuals to develop skills and knowledge in key areas including:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Work and volunteering
  • Independence
  • Creativity
  • Engaging with the community
  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy

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Before enrolling every individual is offered one-to-one information, advice, and guidance with our specialist coordinators so that we can identify starting points and goals for the future. This also ensures that the most beneficial and relevant course of learning is chosen and learners have the appropriate support to succeed.  

Learning is delivered through practical and engaging learning activities which encourage learners to be self-advocates, make choices, become more independent, express opinions and work with others developing valuable skills that can be transferred outside of the classroom. Learners benefit from a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment where mutual respect is embedded.  

Learners progress to become more confident and independent in their everyday lives and may continue further learning, move on to volunteering or employment after attending courses. 

If you need more information, or want to discuss our Better Mental Health courses you can: visit our Learning Centres in-person, or contact us on the details below.

  • 0800 988 0308
  • If you do not feel able to get in contact with us yourself, you can ask a friend, family member or support worker to make first contact on your behalf.
  • Information, advice, and guidance is available during our longer courses to support you to identify your next steps which might include continuing your learning journey with further courses, volunteering, or employment.

Courses available

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Health and wellbeing

Courses that enable you to find out about and act upon: - Your health; - Personal exercise programmes; - Shopping and preparing food; - Planning personal leisure activities; - Being responsible for personal safety; - Increasing self confidence and esteem; - Working outdoors.

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Work and volunteering

Courses to help you understand, learn and practice some of the skills you need in the world of work and volunteering.

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This may then help you to: - Become more independent; - Enjoy and understand your community; - Speak up for yourself; - Understand your money; - Improve self confidence and self-esteem; - Make choices.

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Courses suited to adults who would like to learn to use their leisure time creatively. You will have the opportunity to work on individual and group based projects based on: - Music; - Art; - Drama and dance.

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Courses that help you to progress with, and become more confident with, every aspect of communication including; - Using computers for leisure and citizenship; - Speaking up for yourself and making choices; - Speaking and listening; - Listening and responding; - Reading, listening and responding.

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