Community Learning

Are you over the age of 19 years, experiencing mild to moderate depression and living in Sunderland?

Thanks to the success of the Sunderland City Council’s Live and Learn Community Learning Pilot, Washington Mind and our partner, Aspire have been asked to offer more FREE 6 week courses.

Here are Washington Mind’s new courses :

A Stronger Me—Starting on Wednesday 15th June from 10am until 12pm  at Pallion Action Group, 5, Eastmoor Road, Pallion, SR4 6QW. Click here to see the flyer!

Inside Out—Starting Monday 13th June – 18th July from 10am—12 noon. At Moor House Adventure Centre, Houghton le Spring DH4 6QY. Click here to see the flyer!

New Positive Steps—Starting 9th June from 10am—12 noon at Austin House,  22 Shakespeare St, Sunderland SR5 2JX. Click here to see the flyer!

How do you get involved?
Click here to see the information about the relaxed enrollment sessions for the courses!

Early booking is recommended

Groups will be for a maximum of 10 people and there will be support available if required.

Interested? Give us a call on 0191 417 8043 or email

Information for Referrers and the work so far
Research identifies that ‘education’ can improve mental health and wellbeing.  Live and Learn is a pilot that aims to bring together the world of mental health and education.

Back in September 2015 Washington Mind and Aspire entered into partnership and were successful in our tender to build on our existing partnership. IMPACT North East were also successful within their part of the application. Together we developed a range of courses and training sessions, most of which have now been delivered.
To see the courses which were part of the original pilot click here!

We also delivered training opportunities for the workforce and courses for those aged 19 and over experiencing mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety. There is further information at the front of the original brochure with regard to the process for those who signed up to the courses and as is the nature of the pilot there was support provided throughout the courses.

When the pilot was complete the information gathered was analysed by IPSOS MORI. The success of the pilot has lead to its extension and the delivery of the additional courses at the top of this page.