Here are some ideas from Living Well together with online resources to encourage you to keep learning. Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Combat technology. Try cooking a new recipe. Explore a virtual museum. Listen to an interesting podcast. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Bookable sessions at Katharine House

Family history

This group session is led by our expert volunteer, learning how to explore, map and get to know your family tree. You will be asked to bring your own device with you, but please let us know if this is not possible and we will do what we can to support you. 

Creative writing

A range of creative initiatives are known to improve wellbeing. Creative writing is a way of getting to know and understand yourself better which can put you in a stronger position to manage your mental health and wellbeing. Creative writing can be an effective tool for clarifying your thoughts, feelings and emotions and making sense of what you think and feel.

Our creative writing class will be an informal opportunity to write, explore ideas and reflect. We’ll look at ideas, creating characters and setting the scene. No previous experience or expertise required!

Arts and crafts

Making art can help many people express themselves, without having to use words.

Explore your creativity and create your own art work with the support of our experienced volunteer artists. A range of materials are available including silk painting, card making, drawing, painting and craft work.

Mindfulness

Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Learning how to be aware of sensations, thoughts and feelings has been shown to enhance wellbeing for years ahead.

Discover through teaching and meditation practices how mindfulness can help you in everyday life.

How to book your sessions

All our classes are accessible to anyone who attends one of our eight-week programmes. Please get in touch if you would like to join any of our groups.

Keep learning online

General

FutureLearn: explore 654 courses from top universities and specialist organisations covering a diverse range of subjects from Start Writing Fiction to Nutrition: Eating to Live Well to English Football: a Social History. The list is honestly endless! 

Art and craft

Life Drawing with the Royal Academy of Arts: feeling creative? Take part in an online life drawing tutorial with a real male model and a miniature horse.

Will Kemp Art School has over seven hours of free acrylic painting classes for you to try including still life, landscape and colour mixing tutorials.

Gardening and wildlife

Gardeners’ World: a trusted source of wide-ranging gardening advice and inspiration, gardening product reviews, how to guides, plant finder and gardening jobs month to month.

National Trust offers a variety of gardening tips, how to guides and gardening and nature focused podcasts.

Royal Horticultural Society: choose from a variety of garden-themed delights, such as the beginner’s guide to gardening, top 10 jobs in the garden this month, grow your own fruit, veg and herb guides, wildlife fact sheets and virtual tours of some of the RHS gardens. 

RSPB: enjoy wildlife guides, Which bird song is that?, and access to wildlife-based articles and podcasts. 

History

BBC Sounds offers a wide selection of history podcasts on a number of topics. 

A History of the World in 100 Objects is a joint project between BBC Radio 4 and the British Museum, comprising a 100-part radio series written and presented by British Museum director Neil MacGregor. In 15-minute presentations, MacGregor uses objects of ancient art, industry, technology and arms, all of which are in the British Museum's collections, as an introduction to parts of human history.

Literature

At Home with Penguin: Are you a bookworm? If so, this one is for you! Penguin is inviting you into a different author’s home each week. You’ll get to see how they’re spending their time, learn about their books and even ask questions. Authors include Dolly Alderton and Marian Keyes, but you can find the full schedule here 

Museums and galleries

The British Museum: learn about the history of the world and the objects that helped shape in it in the British Museum’s virtual tour.

Louvre: take a tour of one of the most recognisable museums in the world - the Louvre in Paris. Admire the art or explore the Egyptian Antiquities.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: take a look at The Met’s collection virtually and browse online exhibitions about Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. 

The National Gallery: admire hundreds of paintings through the National Gallery’s virtual tours

Rijksmuseum: one of the world’s most popular museums. Rijksmuseum From Home allows you to virtually visit some of the museums most popular exhibits, including Rembrandt’s ‘The Nightwatch’. 

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: take a tour of Washington DC’s Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Tate: virtually explore the Andy Warhol exhibition with the curators in their exhibition tour.

Other Five Ways to Wellbeing resources

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