Education and training
As an adult, it can be tough taking the first step back into education, especially if you struggle with a long-term health problem or disability, or if you're looking after someone else.
Learning something new can boost your self-esteem and help you meet new people. There are a number of different routes back into education specifically tailored to suit adult learners.
Going to college on a regular basis may not be practical for you, so long distance learning could be a good option. It means you can study in your own home and at your own pace. You’ll be given materials to work through and will have the support of online tutorials and forums.
You could try one of a wide range of adult education classes run by Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service.
Courses range from one day 'taster' sessions to 36 week courses. Classes are held at different times of the day or evening and most are open to all adults.
Furthering your education and doing a new course doesn’t just have to be about gaining a qualification or increasing your job prospects. Maybe you just want to learn a skill, develop a new hobby, get out a bit more, or meet new people.
Most courses will charge fees. For further education you may not have to pay fees if you receive Employment and Support Allowance and are in the 'work-related activity' group.
For access to higher education diplomas, there are loans available to people over 24 years old. These are called 24+ Advance Learning Loans.
Talk to your local college for further advice about funding a course you’re interested in.
Just because someone has a learning disability doesn’t mean they’re not entitled to further education or developing new skills.
If you have a learning disability many colleges have courses which can help you to develop your life skills and abilities. There are courses to help you move on to further education, to develop your workplace skills, help you to get a job, and to enable you to live more independently.
For further information visit the adult learning service.