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Improving opportunities for Devon communities


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Three “Wellbeing Hubs” are being established in Holsworthy, Okehampton and Tavistock to offer free learning opportunities for adults in the local community.

Learn Devon, our adult education service, is setting up the network of hubs to enable people to access a range of free face to face courses locally.

The first of the three hubs recently opened its doors at the Holsworthy Skill Centre, working in collaboration with the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust via Holsworthy Community College. The Tavistock and Okehampton Hubs are planned to open in Spring 2022.

Learn Devon will be looking at ways to support people who want to return to learning, explore new interests, re-train and upskill, so they can reach out for new opportunities.

The Wellbeing Hubs are being funded by our Economic Recovery Funding, part of our £6million economic recovery package. Each hub will offer a safe, supportive space to learn new skills and gain qualifications that will improve the wellbeing of the local community. There will be a range of free courses on offer, including English and maths, digital skills, art and craft, wellbeing and much more.

Councillor Rufus Gilbert, our Cabinet Member for Economic Recovery and Skills, said:

“We are excited to be able to offer this long-term support in all three of these communities, starting initially in Holsworthy. The pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone’s lives and livelihoods and that has resulted in many people re-evaluating their lives, their jobs and what they want to achieve in the future. Learning and developing new skills is an integral part of Devon’s economic recovery, and it can help present new opportunities for people looking to take a different career path or progress in their current line of work.”

Improving mental health and wellbeing

Paul Beard, who delivered Learn Devon’s successful Mindfulness Challenge in 2020, supporting over 5,000 learners during the pandemic, will also be delivering free face to face workshops and courses from the Wellbeing Hub, starting this month.

Photo of Paul Beard teaching a group

Paul, who lives in Holsworthy, said: “To realise that you CAN learn ways to stop negative thinking and anxiety in its tracks and then doing it really makes you happier and feel more in control of yourself and your life. Come on our workshops and courses at the new Holsworthy Wellbeing Hub to find out how.”

As well as Paul’s courses, there will be many others such as Art for Wellbeing, Feel Good Singing sessions, Creative writing to tackle stress, Creative Christmas Capers and courses for adults with learning disabilities. All the courses and workshops will be taught in a small, friendly and adult only setting, delivered by Learn Devon’s team of expert tutors.

Working in collaboration with the local community

Holsworthy residents are encouraged to get in touch with Learn Devon to sign up for the learning opportunities currently on offer and discuss courses they would like to see at their Wellbeing Hub in the future. This can be done by calling into the Hub any Friday morning between 10.00am and 12.30pm, when they will be open for a coffee and a chat. Learn Devon looks forward to finding out how they can support the needs of the local community today and into the future.

For more information about the courses currently scheduled at the Wellbeing Hub, call Learn Devon on 01822 613701 or visit the Learn Devon website.


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