Keep Learning, Keep Well – Online Learning Resources
We are dedicated to supporting our learners, employers and community to keep learning during this difficult time. We understand that self-isolation can have a negative impact on our mental health and wellbeing so it is important to keep the mind active by learning something new – no matter how big or small. This webpage has a variety of online learning resources as well as links to other providers where you can find the tools you need to keep learning and to keep well.
All our resources are listed in the sections below which represent the 5 ways to wellbeing. The 5 Ways to Wellbeing concept has been extensively researched and evidenced that if we can embed any simple changes into our daily lives, it can naturally improve our wellbeing.
I'm a furloughed worker - can I still study a course?
Yes, furloughed workers are able to undertake training and studying during this time. We have a range of free online Level 1 and Level 2 courses you can access from home to help gain a skill in your current industry or a new skill in others. To take a look at our full range please click here.
Are you facing change in your employment?
During these challenging times Skills & Learning is here to support you with many professional and personal development opportunities. If you are unsure of what to do next, the Your Next Steps team can help you. We have created this guide to provide support and information for those facing changes to their employment.
Connecting with another human being is wonderful for our wellbeing, even if it is for short bursts of time, feeling listened to and heard can make all of the difference – so make a call/facetime/zoom someone today!
Any physical activity in our day releases endorphins which are our happy hormones, so during this time try and do what you can to stay active – follow an exercise class on-line, grab a couple of cans of beans and lift them as weights, create your own little mini circuits, dance in the garden – whatever you can do, do it!
Keep Active Resources & Links
Here you can find a range of links and resources to keeping active all from the comfort of your own home:
- Gyms, pools and leisure centres are now allowed to reopen. Please check your local facility before visiting to ensure you know their safety measures. Planning a visit to Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre? Watch their guide about visiting to ensure you exercise safely.
- PE with Joe Wicks – Everyday at 9am
- Danny Thomas’ Coaching Academy Dorset have released a downloadable Home Learning Activity pack full of ideas and tasks which can be accessed here
- Being active isn’t always physical, it’s important to keep our mind mentally active too. Mental Health First Aid England have a variety of resources available to keep you mentally well. You can visit their website here
- Park Yoga aims to connect people to the natural outdoors, through a relaxing, energising and breathtaking yoga session. Take a look at the YouTube video here
- Keep Dancing!! Dance, in whatever form it may take, is a brilliant form of exercise and it can also help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. More information and the YouTube video can be found here
- Our colleagues at Two Riversmeet have created some workouts you can follow from home. There’s something for everyone including HIIT, pilates and indoor cycling! Check out their YouTube video selection here
- Why not buddy-up (virtually) with a friend, family member or colleague and support each other to do 26 minutes of exercise a day with the new, free mayathon app?
Right now it might feel difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel but what can you see right now that brings you joy, looking up at the sky? Some photographs in your home? The taste of fresh coffee? Taking notice of the simple things that bring us joy can have a huge impact on wellbeing certainly in those anxious times.
Take Notice Resources & Links
Here you can find some helpful resources to help you take notice, make the most out of the current situation and links to support:
- From Saturday 1 August people ‘shielding’ will be able to visit shops, places of worship and outdoor spaces. The government is pausing, rather than stopping shielding but this is just a precaution and there are currently no plans for it to restart. Keep up to date with the government’s shielding guidance.
- From Friday 24 July in England, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, as well as on public transport. Your face covering must cover your nose and mouth at all times. Full guidance can be found here.
- Pub, restaurants and bars start to reopen from Saturday 4 July. Be responsible and adhere to government guidance.
- Confused about what you can and can’t do? We’re not back to normal yet. It is vital that you continue to keep a safe distance from others. Don’t put your loved ones at risk. Please click here for a full list of frequently asked questions.
- Please remember that it’s super important to get a Covid-19 test as soon as you are showing any symptoms, however mild. Do not leave home except to get tested. There are two ways to get tested: a test kit can be delivered to your home or you can visit a test site. More information can be found here.
- Been in contact with someone with coronavirus? Click here to follow Test and Trace guidelines.
- Please be aware of this updated advice on coronavirus symptoms. If you develop any of these symptoms, you and your household must self-isolate. Anyone over the age of 5 with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for testing.
- Following the updated national campaign, the message is Stay alert to stay safe. For more advice visit here
- If you’re self isolating and relying on the kindness of strangers who are volunteering as part of community efforts, it’s important that you stay safe.
- Visit our Keep Learning, Keep Well blog for wellbeing support and tips
- Pearson have a range of mindfulness resources
- Dorset Mind have released a timetable of support groups to support local people with Mental Health – access the timetable
- Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online support for young people aged between 11-18 years old. If you or someone you know would benefit from this service please click here
- Access some Take Notice tips from Livewell Dorset around meditation and mindfulness by clicking here
- Parks in Mind is run by the Bournemouth Parks Foundation. They have created virtual ecotherapy activities to help improve people’s health and wellbeing. Access these activities by visiting their Facebook page
- Noticed that you are having trouble sleeping? Every Mind Matters have some top tips to help you sleep better.
- Access the ‘quit for covid‘ campaign with LiveWell Dorset to quit smoking
- We’re all spending more time online so the Children’s Society have released advice on how to stay safe
- If you are a Weymouth resident looking for support, click here to download a list of useful helpline numbers and information.
Learning something new is great for our confidence so whether you take up a new hobby, read an article or blog, take part in an online quiz – learning new skills and knowledge is wonderful for our minds. Maybe take up one of our Distance Learning courses? Or access our free online learning resources here on our Youtube channel to get a taste of what our courses are really like!
Keep Learning Resources & Links
Stay mentally active by learning something new. Here is a range of resources that you can access to keep learning!
- Our Distance Learning Programme
- View our free Online Job club here
- Visit our Youtube channel here for free learning and taster tutorials
- Join in with a variety of celebrity hosted classes, the full timetable can be viewed here
- Libraries may be closed but their online libraries for e-book, e-adudio and e-magazines is open here
- Mike Taylor Education are creating online theory lessons for Barbering learners, take a look on their Facebook page here
- Learn how to knit with Stitch & Story’s easy to follow ‘how to’ video tutorials.
- Charities and community groups are making the most of social media and video conferencing software during Covid-19, using it to help inspire us to continue to learn how to prepare cheap and nutritious meals with online cookery classes. Click here for more info.
Giving our best wishes, kind thoughts, sharing a funny video with someone who is not themselves right now brings us as the ‘giver’ great joy. Whether you are volunteering for the NHS or drop a note into a neighbours to check in – giving a little bit of us to someone else is incredibly important for our wellbeing.
Give Resources & Links
If you are able to give and support your community then you will find a range of opportunites and resources here:
- Communites & Volunteering in Dorset:
- If you would like to volunteer your support, or if you are part of a community group that would like to offer their support, you can sign up with Volunteer Centre Dorset:
- Dorchester Community Support Group – Volunteer here
- Sign up to NHS Volunteer Responders who are supporting the NHS during the Covid-19 outbreak
- Register with the Red Cross to become a community reserve volunteer here
For guidance and tips for volunteers to stay safe while volunteering, formally or informally please click here
Rainbows have become a symbol of hope and appreciation for the NHS and our key workers during these difficult times. For inspiration on how to create your own rainbows to show your support, Craft with Katy might just have some crafty ideas. You can view Katy’s YouTube video here.
To help look after your mental health during this incredibly difficult time we have developed a wellbeing blog where you can find tips on how to stay well. You can access the blog here.
How you can request support from food banks and shopping to financial support
We have linked to a variety of organsations that are recruting volunteers, however if you need support here is a range of organsations that can help in you in your local community:
1) Families who receive certain benefits can get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, vitamins and infant formula milk with the NHS Healthy Start scheme. You could qualify if you’re on benefits and have children under the age of four, or if you’re pregnant and under 18. Find out more here.
2) Age UK NS&W Dorset – Age UK North, South and West Dorset are coordinating requests for help with issues relating to loneliness and isolation, or support in accessing items such as food, cash or medication. Support is available to all residents within the Dorset Council area. To request help, email them at: email@example.com or call 01305 269444.
3) Citizens Advice Bureau – are continuing to provide free, independent and confidential advice and information whatever your question. They offer a full range of advice including help with: Benefits entitlement and claims, Debt management and budgeting, Employment advice including Statutory Sick Pay and rights when laid off work & Advice for the self-employed. Call the Dorset Advice line on 0344 411 1444 or visit their website here.
4) For people who do not have family, friends, or a support network that can help them, and are in the ‘shielded category’, the Dorset Council has set up a dedicated help line on: 01305 221000 which is open from 8am – 8pm 7 days a week. Or you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5) Anyone needing help and support with food can search for their local food bank here
6) If you are having financial worries you can contact your Local Council for support during the Coronavirus with payments such as council tax. BCP Council support can be accessed here and Dorset Council support can be accessed here.
7) The Dorset Digital Hotline is now available to support with digital skills. From accessing home schooling websites and software to support accessing your GP online. Call 01305 221000 open: 10:00-12:00 Mon-Fri.
8) Small businesses can request financial support through the Business rate grants. For more information please click here.
10) Are you self-isolating and living in Weymouth? Click here for more information how you can access support.
Join the 5 Ways to Wellbeing Challenge
Livewell Dorset have put together a Five Ways Challange to enusre we are all looking after ourselves and our wellbeing during this difficult time. You can access the challenge here.
Resources to support home schooling
If your struggling with home schooling don’t panic. The Government have put together a list of high quality educational resources to support home schooling. You can access the list here.
Access to easy read guidance and sign language resources for Coronavirus support
If you, or someone you know, requires access to easy read copies or a sign lanaguge transaltion of the Government guidane around Coronavirus please click here.
Do you require urgent help?
If you are struggling to cope or feel yourself nearing a breakdown, Access Mental Health is here to help you avoid a crisis and help you find the path to recovery. If you feel like you need urgent help then please don’t hesitate and call the 24/7 Connection phone line on 0300 123 5440 so you can be signposted to the right service for the support you need. Further information and support can be found here.
If you are a victim of or know someone who requires help in reagrds to domestic violence please click here for more information on how to get support.
Are you feeling worried or anxious?
Data shows more than 4 in 5 adults are worried about the effect that coronavirus is having on their life right now, with over half saying it has affected their wellbeing and nearly half reporting high levels of anxiety. Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters platform has a range of new resources, including a tailored COVID-19 Mind Plan, and specific content for mental wellbeing issues such as anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping. You can visit their website by clicking here.
Talk about your worries
It’s normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. It is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and doing so may help them too. If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead. You can access the range of different helplines by visiting the NHS website here.
Other activities you can get involved with
Here you will find a range of links to other activities you can get involved with from your own home:
1) Take part in the Arts by the Sea here
2) Nature live cam is now available thanks to the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre. You can view it here
3) Into Film have launched a film review competition which can be accessed here
4) Recreate a masterpiece in your living room with Russell-Cotes here
5) Nothing lifts the spirits in the morning like the sound of the dawn chorus and now is the ideal time to get to know your local birds. Click here for the bird song identifier and other related links.
6) Making food last for longer can help social distancing and help household finances go that little bit further. For tips visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.
7) The Sofa Singers brings together hundreds of people for 45 minutes of simultaneous singing, learning a classic song with some optional harmonies/backing parts. Find out more here.
8) Stour Valley Nature – Join in with their daily wildlife challenges and nature quizzes here
9) BCHA have a variety of wellbeing volgs on their YouTube page, take a look here
10) Relax with new online wellbeing experience! Dorset Mind is bringing some of our favourite parts of Dorset into your home. Give yourself a few moments to relax with a new online experience. Simply choose a view, the sounds you’d like to hear and enjoy relaxing mindful techniques that will help you escape to your favourite part of the county.
We are supporting the #Unacceptable trend due to the number of verbal abuse, assaults or attacks reported on essential workers and the rising number involving threats of COVID-19 infection. To watch the #unacceptable campaign please click here.
A 'Thank You' from our Key Workers across Dorset
Frontline staff from across Dorset thank you for following social distancing guidelines and staying at home. It’s important this Bank Holiday we do everything we can to continue to follow social distancing guidelines so we can meet the government’s five tests for adjusting lockdown. Click here to see their thanks of continuing support and the important message it brings with it.
We are so proud of what our learners can achieve, and our current situation isn’t stopping them! Enjoy this gallery of learner work we have created to celebrate and showcase how brilliant they are!