Keep learning: Six ways to wellbeing

Learning new things is a good way to meet people and boost our self confidence, which improves our mental health and wellbeing. 

It doesn’t have to mean getting more qualifications. There are lots of ways you can keep learning, from exploring the arts to getting creative or learning more about local history to learning a new skill or hobby. 

Support to keep learning in West Lothian   

Adult Learning has lots of opportunities to learn more about reading, writing, digital skills, wellbeing, managing your money and more! There are also courses especially for parents who may need help with childcare. 

Libraries have a range of books and other services which can help you to keep learning. 

Museums are located across West Lothian and can help us learn more about the past and present of our local community.  

Exploring local Art & Culture is an opportunity to learn more about community arts and experience events.  

West Lothian College has a range of full and part time courses on offer and there may be help available to support you with study related costs. 

West Lothian History & Heritage is all around us, keeping West Lothian’s past in the present with many museums, heritage attractions and historic sites to visit. 

Visit West Lothian has information all about the range of things to do on our doorstep! 

Other resources to support keep learning include: 

Ideas to keep learning! 

  • Learn something new about the people around you 
  • Try out a new recipe once in a while 
  • Join a class to learn a new language or musical instrument 

Take notice

Taking notice of our thoughts, emotions and surroundings is a great way to stay present and pay attention to our needs

Be active

Staying active is linked to both positive physical health and mental wellbeing


Acts of kindness can give us a sense of purpose and make us feel happier and more satisfied with life

Financial wellbeing

Money worries, housing and employment can all affect our wellbeing


Connecting with the people around us is a great way to remind ourselves that we’re important and valued by others

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