Community Learning, Family Learning and Carers Course 2018-19 

Kingston Adult Education has a great line up of community and family learning courses centred on improving wellness in our community. Courses starting in September - get booking

Community Learning for Adults with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities

Kingston Adult Education offers a range of courses including courses in cookery (supported by Richard Challoner School), computing, drama, singing and arts & crafts. New for this academic year  -  Tai Chi.

Kingston Carers’ Network

Tailor made courses provided  by Adult Ed in conjunction with the Kingston Carers’ Network. There are weekly courses on offer of Zumba, Relaxation and Meditation classes.

Wellbeing Courses

Courses to improve and maintain wellbeing include Practical Ideas for Happier Living, New Start IT, Food to Boost your Mood, Singing to Reduce Stress, Relaxation and Meditation plus a range of taster courses.

Wider Family Learning

Offers a range of informal courses where all family members are invited to participate and learn new skills together. Other family members are welcome, including grandparents. Activities include Arts & Crafts and Cook & Eat.

Family English, Maths and Language

Offers courses where parents are given the opportunity to find out about their child’s learning and development in English or Maths (including using ICT) as well as boosting their own skills. Back to Work, Family Maths, Family Learning and various early years courses such as Talk to Me and Ready Steady Go are included in the programme. Families often participate in joint adult and child sessions. There may be opportunities for adults to work towards qualifications in these areas.

 RACC Parkshott and Hillcroft Kingston

The newly formed Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College offers a full programme of courses across 2 sites - RACC in Parkshott in Richmond and Hillcroft in Surbiton.

The merger of the two colleges brings a divers programme of learning. "RACC offers a broad range of qualification, vocational, leisure, wellbeing and business courses for all members of the community including those with learning difficulties and disabilities, while Hillcroft provides a niche service for women who may face barriers to learning and who may benefit from a more intense residential environment."

Courses for this summer include: 

Art, design and Media, Business, English Maths and Science, Languages, Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle, Hillcroft Womens' Education, Humanities and Creative writing, learning English, Performing Arts and Music, Supported Learning. Download the brochure from this link to get you started.

Community Learning in the Libraries within the Borough

Kingston Adult Education in partnership with Kingston libraries offer a wide range of short courses for adults to support their children with their language skills and social development, including Rhymetime & Storytime.

Courses for adults are also run in IT and these include Silver Surfers for older learners and Job Club which helps learners and employment.

Follow this link to view activities on offer at the libraries in the borough.

 Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental health can affect anyone at any time of their life. Early intervention can help slow down (or stop) these problems as well as promote faster recovery. A MHFA course will teach you to recognise early signs of mental health problems and give you the confidence, knowledge and skills you need to help yourself and others more effectively.

The usual cost of the course is at least £300 per delegate but the advertised courses have been subsidised by RBK’s Public Health Team and will be offered FREE of charge to those who live, work or study in the borough. If you are interested, and want to reserve your place for future courses, please contact Linda. For more information  download the flyer

Local Activities for Good Mental Health

Positive Action for Mind & Body

If you’re struggling with a mental health issue or know someone who is, Positive Action for Mind and Body might be just what's needed. 

You can refer yourself, or ask for a referral to Fircroft Trust Centre through mental health services, the  GPs, care managers and/or key workers. To find call on 020 8399 1772. 

Good Engergy Club

Hestia is up and running with a programme of events for physical activities for their members with everything from gentle walks and Yoga to boxfit classes. The project is funded by Kingston Council and is for anyone over the age of 18 living with a mental health condition or experiencing a low level of wellbeing. If you’re interested please email Phoebe or call 07772920416.

London National Park City Week

Stay healthy, connected and active this summer. London National Park City Week runs from 21-29 July to celebrate London's unique green spaces, trees, waterways and natural environment. Explore the city with walks, talks, family activities and more. See the map and the listings here to find events near you.


In 2008, The New Economics Foundation (NEF) set out 5 actions to improve personal wellbeing:

  • connect
  • be active
  • take notice
  • keep learning
  • give

Volunteering at any age or stage of your life is a well documented route into feeling healthier and happier.  Connecting, being active, taking notice, keeping on learning and giving are different aspects of a well rounded volunteer experience.

There are over 430 voluntary and community groups in our borough of Kingston supporting local people to face every aspect of every stage of their lives, their environment and the causes they support. Kingston Voluntary Actions's has a full directory of all local groups - follow this link to view. The majority of these groups do with a helping hand to deliver their services, support their campaigns or fund their activities.

Volunteering Kingston

Volunteering Kingston is the provides the new service for volunteers and active citizens within the borough.  Whether you live, work or study in Kingston, it can support you to find a volunteering role that suits your interests and the amount of time you can give.