Skipton and Settle adult learners talk about mental health benefits

Skipton and Settle adult learners

5:35pm 12th October 2017

The achievements of adult learners in the Skipton and Settle areas have been recognised at a special event.

It was organised by North Yorkshire County Council's Adult Learning and Skills Service (ALSS), Horton Housing and local doctors' surgeries, including Dyneley House, to promote positive mental health through learning in the community.

Presentations were given by people with experience of mental health issues, including past learners and volunteers from Horton Community Café, who have completed 'Train the Trainer' courses as part of the Mental Health Awareness project.

The event highlighted the challenges faced by learners, their determination to succeed and the positive impact of their teachers, whilst celebrating their achievements over the last year.

It also helped to raise awareness of the wide range of courses and resources available to adults in North Yorkshire, whether to improve mental health and well-being, gain new skills and qualifications or develop new interests.

Helen Bannister, Community Project Worker at Horton Housing in Craven, said: "I am very proud to have the opportunity for our volunteers to present this training to the Adult Learning and Skills Service and Youth Team staff on World Mental Health Day. It is an important day in the calendar.

"The ALSS and partners event, along with the training, will help raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace and in learning."

Emma Taylor, Health Promotion and Navigation Officer for Dyneley House Surgery, added: "Dyneley House Surgery are pleased to be able to support this event, to help raise awareness of the mental health services available in the local area."

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