New Year 2019: Start the year with a resolution to learn a new skill

2019 painted in light

With Christmas and New Year festivities now behind you, thoughts will inevitably turn to the year ahead. For many of us, this means setting some resolutions.


According to a recent YouGov poll, the most common resolutions include exercising more, learning a new skill, getting a new job, making new friends, and picking up a new hobby – things we have been helping the people of Havering achieve since we opened our doors more than 50 years ago.


More than 200 part-time, evening and weekend courses begin this year at Havering Adult College, so there’s never been a better time to start something new.


If you looked at your garden during last year’s heatwave and wished it was a more pleasant space to spend time in, make 2019 the year you decide to get green-fingered.


Our introduction to gardening course on Tuesday afternoons from February 26 will teach you the basics of planting, pruning and harvesting. Learn the principles of good garden design, including pick right colours and combinations of shrubs and structures to give you a space you can be proud of on Garden Design – Introduction, which runs Thursdays from February 28.


If you have ever stepped foot in a gym in January, you know the scene; scores of eager gym-goers making an attempt on their own resolutions meaning long queues for machines and crowded locker rooms.


Instead, take inspiration from Strictly and get fit with dance. Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing for Beginners will teach you the basic steps to classic sequence dances and boost your balance, coordination and fitness.


Is getting back into the job market on your list of resolutions? Our Entry Level 3 Award in Business & Administration qualification is aimed at people looking to secure employment in office-based roles. You will learn a range of transferable employability skills that can help you progress onto further specialist courses ultimately leading to work in business and administration.


If you are in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and have been placed in the  Work-related Activity Group (WRAG), on Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit (mandated), you can enrol for free.


Enrolments for 2019 are now. Course places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Call the college on 01708 434955 or email enquiries-adultcollege@havering.gov.uk


Resolutions can often be tough to stick to, especially if they are not realistic.

Here are 3 tips to help you see them through.

  1. Break your resolution down into smaller, more achievable goals. If you want to improve your fitness, incremental running programmes like Couch to 5K start you off walking for the first week, building up to a full on jog by week 8. If you want to give you brain a workout instead, the same principles apply.
  2. As important as it is to do things for yourself, being accountable to a friend or family member can give you that extra incentive to better yourself. A way you can do this is by bringing a friend with you.
  3. It can also help to let people know your goals as the fear of letting them down can add to your resolve.

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