Passport to Wellbeing in adult learning

We provide people with anxiety, depression or sleep disorders the opportunity to support their wellbeing by learning with us. We do this by running a dedicated programme of creative courses.

These free courses help adults recovering from mild to moderate mental health difficulties. They 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 the same boat"
  • Once enrolled, just turn up and learn each week – all materials and equipment are provided
  • Your questions answered before you enrol - at an individual 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.

Cookery courses

Passport to Wellbeing – enjoy the best of seasonal cookery

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. This course aims to help you learn how to prepare a range of tasty meals using seasonal ingredients which are rich in flavour, nutritious and cost effective. It aims to give you more choices for dishes to enjoy at home, either on your own or with friends and family.

This course will teach you 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.

  • Enrolment for January 2021 courses will open in November.

Passport to Wellbeing – cook around the world

The aim of the course is to learn to prepare a range of tasty, nutritious dishes 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.

The course will cover 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.

  • Enrolment for January 2021 courses will open in November.

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. The course will introduce learners to using mosaic techniques with recycled china, mosaic tiles and glass to enable them to create their own unique piece of art.

Learners will be shown how to use tools and materials most effectively to create their own individual designs, taking inspiration from books in class and the internet, e.g. Pinterest and online search engines. They will learn some simple colour theory and design approaches to help create designs. Some templates are provided, but learners will be encouraged to bring in objects that they would like to use as a base for their work

  • Enrolment for January 2021 courses will open in November.

Passport to Wellbeing – introducing craft printmaking

Craft printmaking techniques are popular for creating unique designs for gift wrap, notelets, greetings cards and gift tags. This course will introduce learners to the techniques of using colour, design and pattern to create images without the need for a press or other special equipment.

We will look at colour, mark making and design to produce simple images. You will be shown some simple printmaking techniques and practise them to create your own original work. This will include how to make effective use of objects that you might find around your own home.

  • Enrolment for January 2021 courses will open in November.

Get in touch

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.

  • Tel: 0300 200 1044
  • Textphone (via Text Relay): 18001 0300 200 1044
  • SMS: 07860 053 465
  • 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.