We want to keep every learner, still learning, and progressing towards achieving their qualification. The resources below are available for you and your teams to use and include top tips on keeping your health and wellbeing the number one priority, plus links to our Online Learning Sessions if you want to catch up.
Health and wellbeing guides
Staying at home guidance >>
Mindset shift during a pandemic >>
Looking after mental health >>
The importance of basic hygiene >>
Working from home >>
Supporting your mental health while working from home >>
Keeping physically fit while working from home >>
Online Learning Sessions
We are running the following online learning sessions for our learners over the next 10 weeks. Click the course name to see all available dates, and register to join the session of your choice:
- Functional Skills English for all
- Functional Skills maths for all
- Functional Skills ICT for all
- Hair and barbering
- Childcare (early years)
- Adult care
- Leadership and management - *coming soon*
Here are a few self-help hints and tips for looking after your mental health:
- Buddy up with a colleague. Plan in a regular catch up over a cup of tea with someone that you connect with at work. Focus the conversation on how you are feeling and make sure both sides have a chance to share and be listened to. Don’t forget if you become concerned about your colleague’s mental health to speak to your Personal Tutor who will be able to signpost you or your colleague to find help.
- Join an online exercise class. Joe Wicks has taken the world by storm with his daily 9 am YouTube PE class for children. Why let the children have all the fun – plan to join him a couple of times a week. Beware though - if you aren’t used to exercising, ease yourself in slowly!
- Consider joining an online choir, even if you can’t sing! The benefits of singing are proven to lift our mood, improve our lung health and leave us feeling energised. Gareth Malone is bringing people together with song, so why not join him.
- Taking daily exercise outside and in the fresh air will help to lift your mood. Utilise your lunch break to take a walk with people from your household; maintaining the recommended two-metre distance from other people.
Self help tools
There are some great self-help tools available, many of which are free to download and use. Here are a few of our favourites:
- Catch it - Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing. This app is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques.
- Calm - This promotes sleep, meditation and relaxation.
- Chill Panda - Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.
- My Possible Self - This mental health app is clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and low mood.
The asthma society
The Asthma Society is using its website to provide specific advice for Asthma sufferers. Their website provides details on how to manage Asthma to reduce the risk from coronavirus and can be accessed here.