Passport to Wellbeing in adult learning

Due to Covid-19 and the lockdown situation, most of our Passport to Wellbeing courses have been transferred online to enable you to continue your learning from home.

Our Passport to Wellbeing programme offers a series of creative courses to develop skills and knowledge and improve mental wellbeing for adults aged 19 and over (on 31 August 2020). Participation can help those managing mental health conditions that have a mild-moderate impact on their day to day lives, such as depression, anxiety or sleeping disorders. These free courses are separate from our main course programme and are tailored to support your recovery.

Benefits of the Passport to Wellbeing programme

  • Feel inspired, remain occupied and improve your wellbeing, by developing your creative skills with us, for a year and beyond
  • Meet and learn with others who are in a similar situation to you
  • Once enrolled, just turn up and learn each week – all materials and equipment are provided
  • Your questions answered before you enrol - at an informal appointment with a member of our team
  • Easy to join - no need for a referral from a healthcare professional
  • Continue your learning on our main programme of courses

Read about how one of our learners benefitted from attending the Passport to Wellbeing programme.

Passport to Wellbeing Cookery courses

Enjoy the best of seasonal cookery - Live online course

Fruit, vegetables, meat and fish taste best when they are in season, when the harvest or the flavour of a given type food is at its peak. Join our cookery tutor online, live from the kitchen in our learning centre in Molesey, and learn to prepare a range of tasty meals using seasonal ingredients which are rich in flavour, nutritious and cost effective. It will give you more choices for dishes to enjoy at home with friends and family.

Actively participating with others during the online classes, you will learn about seasonal cooking, covering recipes for sweet and savoury dishes, main courses, desserts and snacks, to appeal to both adults and children. You will learn different cooking skills, learn to identify which skills are needed for various recipes and gain confidence in preparing dishes using the skills you have learnt. The course aims to help you work within a limited budget for ingredients, to keep your cookery costs low. It includes a variety of types of food and if you need to adapt the recipes to your own requirements, you will receive help to do this.

  • Thursdays 1pm to 3pm for 4 weeks, starting 21 January until 11 February 2021, online
  • Thursdays 1pm to 3pm for 5 weeks, starting 25 February until 25 March 2021, online

Enrol on a Seasonal Cookery course

Cook around the world - Live online courses

Join our cookery tutor online, live from the kitchen and learn to prepare a range of tasty, nutritious dishes. This will help you to increase your choices when cooking for yourself and your family at home. Recipes will be inspired by meals that are traditionally enjoyed in different countries around the world.

Actively participating with others during the online classes, you will learn home cooking, with sweet and savoury recipes to appeal to adults and children alike. It will cover different cooking skills, identifying which skills are needed for various recipes and gain confidence in preparing dishes using these skills. The course includes a variety of types of food and, whilst it is not specifically vegetarian, the tutor can help learners adapt the recipes to their own requirements. It will help learners to work to a limited food budget without having to buy specialist kitchen equipment.

  • Mondays 9.45am to 11.45am for 10 weeks, starting 18 January until 29 March 2021, online
  • Fridays 2pm to 4pm for 9 weeks, starting 21 January until 26 March 2021, online

Enrol on a Cook around the world course

Craft and Pottery courses

Passport to Wellbeing - Creating decorative mosaics

Making decorative mosaics with materials such as glass and china is a popular craft technique. You will be introduced to mosaic techniques with recycled china, mosaic tiles and glass to enable you to create your own unique piece of art.

Participating in a classroom at our centre, you will learn how to use tools and materials most effectively to create your own individual designs, taking inspiration from books in class and the internet, e.g. Pinterest and online search engines. You will learn some simple colour theory and design approaches to help create your designs. Some templates are provided, but you are encouraged to bring in objects that you would like to use as a base for your work.

  • Thursdays 1.30pm to 3.30pm for 10 weeks, starting 21 January until 1 April 2021 -online via Zoom
  • Wednesdays 1.30pm to 3:30pm for 10 weeks, starting 20 January until 31 March 2021 -online via Zoom

Enrol on a Decorative Mosaic course

Passport to Wellbeing – Pottery and Clay work

Pottery is popular for exploring your creativity. This course will introduce you to a range of pottery methods to work with clay and colour, designing and creating your own pieces of work.

Participating in a pottery studio at our centre, you will learn how to use various hand building techniques to coil and slab build. You will also learn how to use pottery equipment; different hand tools, the slab roller and the pottery wheel. This course allows you to experiment and practise using these methods and learn about using glazes and oxides to decorate and finish your work. You will be encouraged to create your own designs, taking inspiration from pottery books in class and online sources e.g. Pinterest and websites.

  • Mondays 5pm to 7pm for 10 weeks, starting 18 January until 29 March 2021, online
  • Wednesdays 1pm to 3pm for 10 weeks, starting 20 January until 31 March 2021, online
  • Thursdays 11am to 1pm for 10 weeks, starting 21 January until 1 April 2021, online

Enrol on a Pottery and Clay work


Get in touch and how to enrol

Following an informal interview with a team member you may be eligible to join this programme of courses. Terms and conditions relating to these courses are below, however our Customer Service Team will be happy to provide you with more details or put you in touch with the Passport to Wellbeing Team.

Enrol on a Passport to Wellbeing course

  • Tel: 0300 200 1044
  • Email: adultlearning@surreycc.gov.uk

Terms and conditions – Passport to Wellbeing

  1. Surrey Adult Learning's ''Passport to Wellbeing'' programme is part of its Community Learning offer. It is specifically targeted at adults with as well as those recovering from mild to moderate mental wellbeing difficulties.
  2. A prospective learner will need to be 19 years or older at the start of the course.
  3. Each holder of the Passport to Wellbeing will be entitled to up to six free courses on the programme. The programme comprises of:
    1. Two short courses of 10 hours or less. These courses are not part of the Surrey Adult Learning main programme but will be created by the Passport to Wellbeing team to support your needs
    2. Two longer courses from the Passport programme. These courses are not part of the Surrey Adult Learning main programme but will be created by the Passport to Wellbeing team to support your needs
    3. Two courses on our main Community Learning programme when you feel ready to learn in a more open environment.
  4. The Passport holder will need to attend a minimum of two of the targeted Passport courses from the programme before they are entitled to attend a main Community Learning course as part of this free programme.
  5. The Passport holder will be entitled to enrol on up to a maximum of two courses from the programme in any one academic term.
  6. Entitlement to free places must be taken up within two years. Once an individual has used their entitlement to six free courses under the programme, any further enrolments will be subject to the main fees policy of the general Community Learning programme.
  7. Surrey Adult Learning will signpost Passport holders to other learning opportunities available from organisations associated with the Surrey Recovery College.
  8. The programme is supported by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and their eligibility criteria will also apply.
  9. Please see our course guide or our website for more information on Surrey Adult Learning's policies including the fees, refund and cancellation policy.
  10. Please commit to attending the whole course you have enrolled on. You may lose your place on the course if you do not attend for four consecutive sessions or more without letting us know the reason for not attending. If you are going to be absent please contact the Customer Service Team on 0300 200 1044 to inform them.
  11. Please note that it may be necessary to change tutors, or to re-schedule, cancel or combine courses.