Free introductory courses will be on offer to residents from the 27 January to help with basic skills, budgeting, mental health and physical fitness, healthy eating, going to the doctors and general information on health issues.
Merton Council is working with the Museums Libraries and Archives Council to fund support for literacy, numeracy and life skills, and for students for whom English is a second language.
Budgeting Literacy and Numeracy gives students a thorough grounding in looking after their own budgets as well as tips on beating the economic downturn.
Healthy Eating gives people an understanding of food groups, nutrition and diets.
Physical fitness and Mental Well Being provides the chance to learn how to take your heart beat, pulse and temperature, general first aid and the importance of taking exercise.
At the Doctors, is a course which covers finding information on health and welfare, discussing health concerns with your doctor, finding a GP, attending outpatient clinics, and making appointments.
The Skills for Health workshop provides a basic introduction to healthy lifestyle choices, the importance of physical exercise and how to look after yourself.
Apart from the skills for health workshop, all the courses run for two hours a week for either six or ten weeks at Morden Library. All students will be given the opportunity to take an English for speakers of other languages, literacy or numeracy examination at the end of the course.
Councillor Maurice Groves, cabinet member for community services says:
‘The ability to look after your own finances, make a doctor’ s appointment and knowledge of how to eat the right foods are taken for granted by most people. Merton Adult Education and the Libraries service are offering people with poor language, literacy and numeracy skills the opportunity to gain knowledge in how to look after their health and finances’. I would urge residents who have a friend in this situation to encourage them to come along, these are warm and friendly courses”.
Potential students can talk to Andrew Fox at Morden Library on 0208 545 4040 to check availability.