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Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression.


The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Why not learn something new today?

  • Sign up for a class

  • Read the news or a book

  • Set up a book club

  • Do a crossword or Sudoku

  • Research something you’ve always wondered about

Local learning opportunities

There are lots of local opportunities for learning - both formal and informal - whatever subject interests you, you're bound to find something to suit

Mixing Clay

Courses suited to a very wide range of adults - available as evening classes, daytime classes and Saturday workshops

Modern Senior Woman

u3a St Ives (University of the Third Age) is a self-managed lifelong learning co-operative for older people - pursuing learning for fun

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Offering a wide range of courses including adult learning and apprenticeships from campuses in Cambridge and Huntingdon


Cambridgeshire charity running courses and coaching to help people overcome mental ill health. Support is provided free of charge to those not currently in work

At the Library

Your local library is a cost effective way of gaining knowledge. Libraries welcome people of all ages and families

Online learning

Online courses are a convenient and flexible way to learn new skills and subjects remotely

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English, maths and general interest courses - many are free if you are aged 19+ and low waged

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Future Learn's short courses are free (you pay for printable digital certificates). Subjects include creative arts and media, healthcare and medicine, science and engineering

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The Open University has almost 1000 free courses to choose from. You can choose from e-books, badged courses and 'lunchtime learning'

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TED posts video talks online for free under the slogan 'ideas worth spreading'. There are presentations on a huge range of subjects so you're bound to find one to suit you

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Coursera offers over 1000 usually free courses across a wide range of subjects, affiliated to educational establishments across the world

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There are plenty of apps out there to help you learn a new language - Duolingo is a well known free language learning app

Explore more ways to wellbeing

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