Learning for Wellbeing – Community Learning Mental Health Research Project

You are invited to take part in a research study to investigate the effect of community learning on wellbeing. Before you take part it is important that you understand what this will involve for you.

What is Learning for Wellbeing?

Oxfordshire Adult Learning (OAL), a faculty of Abingdon & Witney College, is delivering a programme of courses called Learning for Wellbeing aimed at people 19+ in Oxfordshire with mild to moderate mental health difficulties (such as low mood, low confidence, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety and depression). The courses are specifically designed to help participants better manage the mental health symptoms that they experience.

What is the purpose of the research?

OAL is offering these courses as part of a national research project funded by the Department for Education to investigate the effect of adult learning on personal wellbeing. Please see the website for more information on this research: www.mhfe.org.uk

Who can take part?

The project is open to anyone aged 19+ in Oxfordshire who is experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

What will happen to me if I take part?

You take part in three kinds of activity:

  • One-to-one discussions with a guidance worker before and after the course. During the initial discussion you will complete a mood & wellbeing questionnaire to check you meet the criteria for the research. You will also be asked to consent to share your data with the project. The guidance worker will help you to choose the right course and let you know about other opportunities.
  • A short FREE community learning course on a subject of interest to you, with on-going wellbeing support as appropriate.
  • An optional refresher workshop to help you address any wellbeing issues and identify other possible sources of support.

What will I have to do?

If you join the project you must agree to the following:

  • Complete a mood & wellbeing questionnaire during your one-to-one discussion before the course, again during the first and third sessions and another at the end of your course
  • Complete a further mood & wellbeing questionnaire if you take part in an optional fresher session
  • Consent to this data being shared with the project’s external evaluators

What will happen to my data?

Your mood & wellbeing questionnaires will be kept in a locked cabinet accessible only to the project team. Your data will be collected and stored electronically using a secure link. All data will be anonymised. It will not be possible for anyone to identify you as a participant in this project. No personal data will be reported in the study.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Courses on the project have been designed with wellbeing in mind. The tutors understand how learning can make a difference to the way you feel. They have created their courses to be interesting, challenging and fun. It’s a chance to learn something new, meet people and build your confidence. What you get out of it will be personal to you.

What courses are available?

OAL has collaborated with OCVA to provide three of the short courses available as part of this research:

Relaxation Tips to Manage Stress and Anxiety – 13/01/17 to 17/02/17

Build Your Confidence/Build Your Self-esteem – 22/02/17 to 29/03/17

Building Your Resilience Toolkit – Meeting Life’s Challenges – 03/05/17 to 07/06/2017

To register your interest for a course please click on one of the links above and complete the registration form. Your details will be passed to the Project Manager and they will contact you to assess your suitability.