day 2 - keep learning

Your health, your well-being challenge

During the 5 days of the Innovation Festival we are aiming to bring to light how acting upon the different 5 ways to well-being can improve our mental health and well-being. 

On Tuesday our activities encourage you to Keep Learning.  Research shows that if we keep learning throughout adulthood and into later life, this can have a positive impact on maintaining and improving our mental health and well-being.


What is learning?

Learning is about gaining new knowledge, developing skills and having new experiences that enrich our lives. Learning is about challenging ourselves to do something different or improve upon what we’ve done before. Learning can take many shapes and forms – it could mean taking a new educational or vocational course, refining existing skills, challenging ourselves to develop new ones or approaching new tasks and events that we’ve not tried before. Broadening our minds helps us gain insight into life, ourselves, and the world around us, which are all good things for our mental well-being.


Why is learning good for us?

Learning is good for our minds and our bodies – it’s good for our mental well-being. Learning has been shown to have a number of benefits to our sense of well-being and life satisfaction:


Increases our self-esteem

Learning new skills, experiencing new things and overcoming a challenge (however big or small) can help us feel better about ourselves. Achieving what we’ve set out to do, or becoming wiser through our experiences can help us feel better equipped to take on life’s challenges and achieve our larger goals in life.

Encourages social interaction

The feeling of being valued and accepted can affirm our status and self-worth. Learning often involves being around other people – whether it’s attending an educational group, trying out a new hobby, or taking on new responsibilities at work or in your local community.

Gives us a sense of hope and purpose

Studies and anecdotal evidence have shown how learning new skills and gaining new knowledge can contribute to us having a greater sense of hope and purpose in life.

Better ability to cope with stress

People who carry on learning after childhood report higher well-being and a greater ability to cope with stress.

Learning something new each day can be really good for our wellbeing, as it helps us view the world from a range of perspectives, makes it easier to adapt to new situations and inspires creativity within us. 


Have a look at what’s on during Tuesday to support you Learning, and reserve your place by emailing (places on some sessions are limited):

Pilates (8am – 9am)


Movement is medicine, if you want to learn how to correctly move your body to decrease pain, increase strength, flexibility and confidence then why not try this Pilates taster. Pilates helps you to change and challenge your body, mind and soul; whether to rehabilitate after an injury or to get fitter and stronger.



Volleyball (Monday – Thursday: 5.15pm – 6.15pm)

We have the net, so why not give it a go?

If you want to try something different, why not have some fun on the beach volleyball court. We are looking for teams of four to take part in daily events.  Volleyball is an exciting, competitive game that offers an amazing workout through aerobic exercise.  Other benefits include:

  • Improves coordination and balance.
  • Improves mood, mental health, reduces stress, and helps self-esteem.
  • Reduces risk of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
  • Increases energy levels.
  • Helps enhance the health of joints and bones

Teams of four can sign up by emailing

Nutrition and Cookery Demonstration (lunch time, no booking required)


A highly interactive and fun session on healthy food and nutrition with John Sunderland-Wright.


  • What your individual basal metabolic rate is
  • How many calories you (individually) need per day
  • How many calories you’ll need per day to lose weight naturally
  • The basics of nutrition and the essential food groups
  • What foods give you all the essential mineral you need?
  • Powering your brain for energy, some super brain foods
  • Have a taste of some good food!
  • See how easy they are to prepare –cooking demonstration by John
  • Take away John’s recipes for a healthier diet

Mini MOT’s (Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm)


Our 15 Minute, private health assessments will help you to better understand your current health status.  The assessment will cover a range of checks and basic tests.  Results are available immediately and emailed to you in a confidential report.  You can find more information about the assessment here. Advanced booking is essential for this activity, which you can do very easily by following these steps:

  • Visit:
  • Enter event code: Northumbrian
  • Select the most suitable date and time
  • Fill in your contact details

Lunchtime Walk


Join our daily walking group to enjoy a short stroll through the local area whilst making new friends along the way. Research tells us that at least 30 mins of moderate exercise a day helps to reduce the risk of obesity in adults.  Regular walking also improves mood, reduces anxiety, aids sleep and improves self-image. You can sign up for the walk now.


ConfiDance (5pm – 6pm)


Keep learning by keeping on your toes, physically and mentally. Challenge yourself to learn some basic dance choreography and find the confidence to perform like a dance diva. Any age or ability can learn something new in this fun, uplifting class. No experience needed, if you stumble make it part of the dance!
Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.