Adult learners talk about the benefits of learning on mental health

Achievements of adult learners in the Skipton and Settle areas were recognised in a presentation on World Mental Health Day, Tuesday 10 October, at Skipton Youth and Community Centre.

Learners and guests at the presentation event for World Mental Health Day at Skipton Youth and Community Centre on 10 October.

The event was organised by North Yorkshire County Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Service (ALSS), Horton Housing and local doctors’ surgeries, including Dyneley House, to promote positive mental health through learning in the community.

Presentations were given by learners with experience of mental health issues. These included past learners and volunteers from Horton Community Café, who have completed Train the Trainer courses, as part of the Mental Health Awareness project, which has been running successfully for two years.

The event highlighted the challenges faced by learners, their determination to succeed and the positive impact of their teachers, while celebrating their achievements over the past year. It also helped to raise awareness of the wide range of courses and resources available to adults in North Yorkshire, whether to improve mental health and wellbeing, gain new skills and qualifications or develop new interests. Visitors could view learners’ artwork and projects.

Helen Bannister, Community Project Worker at Horton Housing in Craven, said: “I am very proud to have the opportunity for our volunteers to present this training to the Adult Learning and Skills Service and Youth Team staff on World Mental Health Day. It is an important day in the calendar. The ALSS and partners event, along with the training, will help raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace and in learning.”

Emma Taylor, Health Promotion and Navigation Officer for Dyneley House Surgery, said: “Dyneley House Surgery are pleased to be able to support this event, to help raise awareness of the mental health services available in the local area.”

The adult learning courses are part of a programme of work delivered in partnership with local organisations and the NHS to help learners obtain their goals in personal achievement, skill development and employment. We work together to ensure they succeed and are supported within their community.

County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, Executive Member for Adult Learning and Skills, said: “Events like these are a fantastic way of recognising and raising awareness about the achievements of our learners who are determined to overcome their mental health challenges, enhance their skills and gain employment. They are a real credit to themselves and the adult learning team.”

Picture shows: Learners and guests at the presentation event for World Mental Health Day at Skipton Youth and Community Centre on 10 October.

This story was published 11 October 2017