Life Skills

Ref: C3840916

The course is a programme to support adults with physical disabilities to develop a range of life skills to improve health & well-being through learning new skills, developing existing skills and working towards independent living where possible. Skills include discussion/communication/thinking skills (Media Studies), IT skills - digital photography & editing, tablets & laptops, using your phone (Digital Inclusion). This programme has been put together after consultation with COSC to give a holistic approach to health & wellbeing. We are addressing mental health issues robustly by developing thinking & communication skills as well as promoting relaxation through learning skills that need concentration & boost self-esteem. There will be opportunities to meet up with WEA learners from other centres delivering a similar programme to work collaboratively where possible.

Course aim

To improve a range of life skills to improve health & well-being & promote independence & inclusion.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464
  • This course is for students who attend Allerdale COSC day centre.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • To produce an information flyer & evaluate the process of production & finished results.
  • To identify at least one are of IT that you wish to progress in. Track your progress to your individual goals.
  • To assess your own health in relation to your disability & set 3 personal goals to improve your own health & well-being.
  • To be able to share your opinion on a range of media stories by either joining in class discussion or taking part in class votes (People's Parliament).
  • To join in a range of sports activities and state what physical activities you could do yourself (with or without support). To define 'happiness' and make a personal well-being plan.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Life Skills


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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