Learning and volunteering
Keep on learning
Many of us think of learning as something you do in childhood, but learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Learning something new is a good way to keep yourself occupied and productive if you find you have time on your hands.
Here are some ideas to get you trying something new:
- Try learning to cook something new or learn to bake. Find out about healthy eating and cooking tips on the NHS website.
- Work on a DIY project, or learn a new practical skill such as fixing a broken bike, garden gate or something bigger. There are lots of free video tutorials online – YouTube is a good source for practical skills.
- Consider signing up for an online course. You could try learning a new language, learn sign language, learn to draw or a practical skill.
- Try new hobbies that challenge you, such as writing a blog, trying knitting or sewing, make a scrap book or try trace your family tree.
- Challenge your brain with online puzzles, or puzzle books.
Contact your local Wellbeing team for more ideas on learning opportunities. They can offer a helping hand to make that first step.
West Sussex Libraries are offering an e-library service, with e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines and e-newspapers available, as well as family and local history resources.
Most people would agree that giving to others is good in itself - but it can also improve your mental wellbeing.
Small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones – such as volunteering in your local community – can give you a sense of purpose and make you feel happier and more satisfied about life.
Helping others can take many forms:
- Phone or visit a relative or friend who needs support or company.
- Offer to help someone you know with DIY or a colleague with a work project.
- Sign up to a mentoring project, in which you give time and support to someone who will benefit from it.
- Volunteer in your local community. That might mean helping out at a community centre, neighbourhood group, local charity, school, hospital or care home.
Find out more about how to volunteer and the opportunities near you: