Joyce had a stroke several years ago and has written a book about how it has changed her life and what helped her regain her health. She is keen to get online and promote her book online, but she had some questions about how social media could help her.
With a techy helper, Joyce learned more about facebook and twitter. She learned the difference between your twitter followers and the people you follow on twitter, and she learned more about facebook: what is a timeline, what is someone’s wall, and how to use ‘likes’ and ‘emojis’ in addition to comments. Joyce also learned how to upload photos and videos into facebook and twitter posts.
At the Techy Tea Party, Joyce commented on a friend’s photo on facebook, and she wished her brother happy birthday on his wall. Joyce said, “It’s exciting to be on facebook”. Joyce says she aims to keep going with facebook and that it was good to learn that you can use facebook for your business. She was keen to look at how various charities use social media, such as the Stroke Association and Community Connections, and she says, “If I need to learn the business aspect of facebook I will – It’s worldwide!” Joyce’s longterm aim is to use social media to promote worldwide awareness of strokes.
When was the last time you learned something new? Today we are going to have a quick look about what it means to learn, how it can contribute to wellbeing, and how you might be able to learn something new in Lewisham.
In some ways we are constantly learning. What happens when you watch or listen to a news programme, for example, usually involves a degree of learning as you take in new information relating to the world and current events. But when we talk about learning as a way to wellbeing, we are talking about something a bit more than that. Learning can impact upon wellbeing when it really changes us, how we think of ourselves or lifts our confidence. It might be learning a new skill like how to knit or how to play a new musical instrument or it might be a language.
Most importantly, learning doesn’t have to take place in a traditional learning environment like a school or college. In Lewisham there are a number of voluntary groups and clubs where you can go to learn new skills. Never ridden a bike before? Wheels for Wellbeing still run their sessions on a Tuesday from 12 until 1pm! Want to learn to sew? Why not try ‘Sew You Need to Need to Get Out More’ at Besson Street Community Garden on Wednesday afternoons. The University if the Third Age offers a really broad variety of learning opportunities in the borough; just take a look at their timetable!
So maybe 2015 is the year you finally start having those French lessons, or fix up that rusty old bike that is sitting in your garage! Whatever it is you want to do, learning is sure to make you feel good!