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Learning and education

Whether it is a short evening course or a degree, taking on a new learning activity can be of real value to carers.

At times you may feel that your whole world revolves around caring, without much room in it for you.

Many carers find that having an activity outside of their caring role is important to them, giving them a sense of identity and boosting their confidence. One way to do this is through learning. Whether it is a short evening course or a degree, it can be of real value to carers.

If you would like to take up learning again but are not sure where to start you might like to begin by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want to develop an existing interest or skill or learn a new one?
  • Where do you want to do your course – do you want to go to an adult education centre or college? Do you want to do distance learning or e-learning?
  • How much time do you want to spend learning?
  • What level of the course do you want to do?
  • What can you gain through learning?

If you do decide to study, this could affect your entitlement to benefits so please check and seek advice.

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