Reaping the benefits of Passport to Wellbeing

Learner Cassia is from Brazil and has been living in England for over eight years. Her spoken English is excellent and she married an English man and settled in the Camberley area. She completed a degree in Fashion and Design at the University of Santa Marcelina in Brazil and worked on many red carpet events. Over time she realised that she suffered with anxiety and the fast pace of the industry was affecting her wellbeing. As her health declined, she acknowledged that she needed to make adjustments to her lifestyle in order to be happy. She said: "I realised that creativity cannot be hurried."

Cassia became more socially-isolated and struggled with getting out and about in the community. Her husband thought it might be beneficial for Cassia to attend a Pottery class at the Camberley centre and this life-changing decision has improved Cassia's quality of life beyond words. Cassia started pottery with Tutor Jeanne Stiff in January this year and has not looked back. Cassia shared that she finds pottery therapeutic and calming to her condition as she immerses herself in her work and shuts out any worries. The Passport to Wellbeing Pottery class learners are currently creating tea light houses; however, Cassia is busy with her own project – a mermaid. Learners are encouraged to work independently and at their own pace, with advice and guidance from Tutor Jeanne.

When we discussed the benefits of attending courses on the Passport to Wellbeing programme with SAL, Cassia shared, "It's amazing! I have made friends. I look forward to attending my class and this has structured my week. Every Thursday I have something to look forward to. We share our life experiences and bounce ideas off one another. I don't feel alone any more, I realise that we all have problems! I feel so much better after the class."

The pottery class has a real social aspect to it. The learners even meet up for lunch together before the class and this has bonded the group. Finally Cassia shared: "Jeanne is a fantastic Tutor. She is helpful and knowledgeable. This group feels like family to me. Yes, I feel very at home."

Passport to Wellbeing learner Cassia Mayos is radiant and enjoying her pottery class with SAL.

Are you interested in attending a Passport to Wellbeing Course?

Surrey Adult Learning offers free courses for adults with, as well as those recovering from, mild to moderate mental wellbeing difficulties. These courses are not part of Surrey Adult Learning main programme but will be created by the Passport to Wellbeing (PWB) team to support your needs.

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.

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  • Updated: 31 May 2020