Lancashire Adult Learning to showcase stellar range of Health and Wellbeing provision in Accrington

Lancashire Adult Learning will showcase its stellar range of Health and Wellbeing provision at a free event in Accrington next week.

LAL’s Healthier Hyndburn showcase will take place between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday 9th October at Accrington Town Hall, and the event will also act as the launch of LAL’s involvement with social prescribing – working in partnership with Peel House Medical Practice in Accrington to support those in need with Health and Wellbeing courses.

Visitors to the event will be able to find out more about the wide range of free courses and qualifications on offer with Lancashire Adult Learning in the Hyndburn area, designed to improve the health and wellbeing of borough’s residents.

There will also be able to take part in a variety of ‘have a go’ learning experiences including healthier microwave cookery, chair based drumming, Mandala stone art, the Five Ways to Wellbeing, and First Aid, as well as Family Learning, Volunteering and ICT and Digital activities.

Local organisations or community groups interested in finding out more about working together with Lancashire Adult Learning can attend too.

Nicola Hall, Head of Curriculum and Strategic Partnerships at Lancashire Adult Learning, said: “Lancashire Adult Learning is delighted to support Peel House Medical Practice and the people of Hyndburn with social prescribing.

“We are offering free community education courses designed specifically to empower people to manage their own health and wellbeing.

“Education and health are intrinsically linked and the courses that are available cover both mental and physical wellbeing, and range from singing for health and happiness, to mindfulness and chair based drumming.

“Lancashire Adult Learning’s aim is to help the people of Lancashire live longer, fuller and happier lives, and we are looking forward to the Hyndburn showcase.”

Dr Jane Eccles, from Peel House Medical Practice, said: “Reducing social isolation and improving wellbeing is a crucial part of our work in Primary Care to help improve the health of our local population.

“It’s very exciting to be able to work in partnership with Lancashire Adult Learning on this project, and to build new relationships ourselves, that will bring more opportunities into Hyndburn for everyone.”

Lancashire County Councillor Shaun Turner, who is Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Lancashire Adult Learning’s Health and Wellbeing showcases are a whole day of learning under one roof, and the courses are for everyone to access.

“We fully support LAL in its delivery of Health and Wellbeing provision which encourages people to take control of their own Health and Wellbeing through adult education, and LAL makes it possible because of the ease of access to different resources.”

Any businesses and organisations in Lancashire who would be interested in working with Lancashire Adult Learning’s Health and Wellbeing Team can contact Sarah Haworth at s.haworth@lal.ac.uk

As well as its targeted delivery and partnership work, Lancashire Adult Learning offers a huge range of planned provision across the Red Rose County, from Arts and Crafts to Humanities classes, Languages to Health and Wellbeing sessions and Functional Skills English and Maths and Employability courses.

In February 2018, Lancashire Adult Learning was named as the inaugural winner of the national Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year at the TES FE Awards.

Further information about Lancashire Adult Learning can be found at www.lal.ac.uk or by calling 0333 003 1717.

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