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Our creative courses have helped one learner to battle their pain

17-November-2021
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Our learner Jane Johnston has been learning a variety of creative skills including felting, crotchet, knitting, sewing and rug-making. Jane shares her experience of online learning, and how her newfound skills have helped to distract herself from times of pain. . .

Jane says, “I was a teacher for over 26 years before becoming disabled. These online classes have allowed people with disabilities, like me, to regularly attend. In my case, this wouldn’t have happened if they were not online. The classes have not only taught me new skills, which I am using to enhance my home and make treasured gifts for my family, but more importantly, have tremendously improved my mental health.

Prior to starting these classes, I had spent so much time in my house, alone, that my self-esteem had plummeted, and my anxiety had risen. Now I structure my days around my classes. I have friends in my classes and look forward to chatting and crafting with them. I am rediscovering my self-esteem and I thank my tutor Maria for this. She makes the classes so enjoyable. She pitches the lessons so well, and listens to our views and ideas. I feel safe in the classes, and Maria is very understanding and caring; she can always sense when I am not having a good day. I never thought I would be able to make such creative things; I don’t think my family did either – they now all look forward to me posting my latest creations online!

I would like to share an unexpected personal bonus that I’ve had from attending these courses also – I suffer from a lot of pain because of a breakdown in the signals from my brain to my nerves and muscles. I have found that I can distract my brain with an enjoyable repetitive activity e.g. knitting, and it lessens the pain. These courses are invaluable, and I hope to do more in the future.”

We would like to thank Jane for her feedback, and are glad that her learning can be such a significant support and lifeline to her.

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