Opportunity for learning: Reframing self-isolation

Published on: 31st March, 2020 in

With the government’s recent lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus, ‘self-isolation’ is something that more and more of us are having to get used to.  The impact of cutting off human contact can have a hugely detrimental effect on our health and wellbeing, so finding ways to relieve this can help.

If you can, try to think of this time as an opportunity to get something done that you have not had time to do, for example reading a book, catching up with housework, DIY or learning a new skill.

Numerous courses are available online and The Workers Education Association (WEA), a Routes Project partner, is currently working on making its training courses available via an online platform.  The first course to be delivered online was successfully held last week, with 35 attendees signing up for online Tai Chi!!

Educational providers such as Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Future Learn and Open Learn have a wealth of free access courses, and Twin Employment & Training are offering accredited qualifications for free, studying from home with the full support of a dedicated tutor*.  With qualifications delivered via distance learning as well as employability support, this could help boost your CV whilst filling some difficult down time at home.

It seems that there is still a demand for learning even in the current climate and with more and more courses coming online over the coming weeks, there will be something to keep everyone busy indoors!

*You should be unemployed, and 16+ to be eligible.