1st April 2020 All Comments

5 Ways to Well-being – Keep Learning

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As the famous saying goes “The world is your Oyster” and the same can be said about learning. There is so much out there for people to learn about, you just need a little bit of curiosity. During this lockdown, there are fewer distractions and no social events to get in the way! The best part is, if you know where to look, you can learn pretty much anything for free! The Wellbeing Network has more information about how to Keep Learning and why it’s important.

Below are some links to free resources and tutorials that will let you learn about anything from mental health to ancient history to new hobbies and thinking about careers.

Books and literature

  • Did you know a lot of the books your local library has can be accessed online free of charge? It’s very similar to checking out physical books, but you can do it from the comfort of your own living room! All you need to do is register online with the Northumberland County Council and they’ll give you your log on details to access the website. Here’s a link to find out more about the Digital Library or alternatively you can register here.

Free courses

  • Open University  – The Open University had a wide range of free online courses that cover everything from sports fitness to creative writing to ancient history. There’s something for everyone!
  • Future Learn – Similarly, Future Learn also around 443 online courses, some of which are free.

Work and Business

For young women, the Young Women’s Trust offers a great support programme including mentoring and CV feedback

Northumberland Business Services Ltd (NBSL) offers training and funding support for new and establishing businesses

Business Northumberland offers access to online learning and regular updates on how businesses can get support during Covid 19


If you’ve never heard of podcasts, let me introduce an amazing resource that’s become very popular recently. If you don’t have time to study or watch a documentary, podcasts are short voice recorded episodes that cover every under the sun from witchcraft to dungeons and dragons to unsolved crimes to fictional stories. There are many sites and apps that you can access podcasts from including iTunes, Spotify and Google Play, but you can also access podcasts from websites such as The Guardian and the BBC. Here’s an article about the 15 podcasts every woman should listen to and another from the Independent about the 15 best podcasts to listen to whilst you’re in lockdown.


Art tutorials

  • The Art Sherpa – Easy to follow step-by-step tutorials about how to paint with acrylics
  • Makiccino – Easy to follow, step-by-step tutorials about how to paint with watercolours
  • Lena Danya – Easy to follow, step-by-step tutorials about how to paint with oils
  • Emmy Kalia – Learn how to draw with pencils and colouring pencils
  • Bob Ross – Easy to follow landscape paintings, great life advice, and soothing voice.
  • Wow Art – Watch someone painting a wide range of things with very soothing music. You can also follow along too.


Writing tutorials

  • Ted-Ed playlist – A playlist with from advice about writing, world-building and characters from a range of speakers at Ted-Ed



  • Made to Sew – A beginner’s crash course in sewing. Multiple ‘classes’ covering everything you need to know.



  • Bella CoCo – Very easy to follow tutorial for everyone and anything to do with crocheting


If you would like more information about anything or have suggestions for information or links we could add to this then please get in contact and let us know!