Festival of Learning 2017


The Festival of Learning aims to inspire staff to get involved and learn or try something new.

Lifelong learning is much broader than just having the skills and knowledge to meet the requirements of your job role.  It includes learning that isn’t necessarily required for your job, but will make a big difference to your work as it enhances confidence, self-esteem and helps people to think differently about themselves.

Learning events which focus on areas such as mental health, smoking cessation and weight loss encourage staff to take ownership of their health and harness the support of their colleagues. Other areas such as baking competitions and book clubs can enhance literacy and numeracy skills, while learning a new sport or activity uses different parts of the brain and can enhance concentration and delay the effects of ageing.

The ‘Festival of Learning’ is a national initiative, coordinated by the National Learning and Work Institute and supported by the Department of Education, that takes place during May and June. Previously called Adult Learner’s Week, it is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England, and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are supporting the initiative on a local level.

Events and training

There will be a series of events and training sessions happening across the county during May and June. Please note, these events are for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust staff only, but even if you don’t work for the Trust you can still get involved by making a learning pledge (see below).

Events Calendar

Make a pledge

Thinking about learning or trying something new? Let us know! There will be a ‘Staff Pledge Wall’ available at Carleton Clinic and Voreda, plus you can join in with the fun online by tweeting @CPFTNHS with your pledge and #CPFTLoveToLearn.

Your pledge can be anything – it can be work related or about something you’ve always wanted to try in your spare time. It can be earning a formal qualification, or trying a new sport or hobby.