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). Smile:)MK aims to support people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or sleep difficulties through various learning activities in a relaxed and supportive environment. Many of the courses are free if you are claiming income-based benefits or you earn 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:


Relaxation through Mindfulness (PDF, 137KB)

Art Journalling (PDF, 105KB)

Sleep and Dreams (PDF, 101KB)


Click on the course name for more information or to see what courses may be offered from September current course booklet (PDF, 3.7MB).

You may only attend each SmileMK course for free once per academic year regardless of your concession situation. You may re-enrol for the art classes by paying the full fee if you wish.

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 online, by coming in to the Rivers Centre in West Bletchley or by phone on 01908 556700.

Last Updated: 12 May 2020