Do you suffer from mild to moderate depression, anxiety or sleep disorders? Did you know that around a quarter of British adults will experience a diagnosable mental health problem in any one year? Symptoms experienced can include feelings of hopelessness, guilt, irritability, panic, loss of self-confidence and a lack of interest in life. According to numerous research studies learning and education can have a positive effect on wellbeing.
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Learning to enjoy life more

Launched in September 2015, Smile:)MK is a programme of courses delivered by Adult Education (part of Community Learning MK) aimed at supporting people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or sleep difficulties by providing access to various learning activities in a relaxed and supportive environment. Many of the courses are free if you are claiming income-based benefits or earning under £16,009.50 per year. 

Some courses are more practical, such as arts and crafts, while others focus in particular on improving personal relationships, confidence and recognising and overcoming stress triggers.  Courses last for 3-10 weeks with sessions of either one and a half or two hours.

Some of the classes we currently have on offer are:

Stress and Anxiety Management (PDF, 183KB)

Sleep and Dreams (PDF, 61KB)

Restart With Art (PDF, 113KB)

Meditation and Relaxation (PDF, 56KB)

Relaxation through Mindfulness (PDF, 126KB)

Art For Wellbeing (PDF, 112KB)

Finding Your Way Through Grief (PDF, 180KB)

Click on the course name for more information or download the current course booklet (PDF, 2.2MB).

To find out more about the project, and other courses on offer please contact the Adult Education team at Community Learning MK on 01908 556700 or email Jane Sharp.

You can enrol on these courses by coming in to the Rivers Centre in West Bletchley or by phone on 01908 556700.

Last Updated: 27 September 2019