‘Right, I can do this now’. Community Based Adult Learning, Health and Well-being

Janis McIntyre


This article explores the experiences of participants in community based adult learning (CBAL) in relation to health and well-being. It draws on data from a small-scale life history study undertaken with 10 adult learners in two local authority areas in Scotland. The article concludes that, for some learners, participation in CBAL had contributed to a sense of well-being and was seen by them as supporting their capacity to cope with ill-health.  In addition, it is suggested that community based adult learning can play a role in the recovery from mental ill-health and depression. 


Community Based Adult learning; Mental Ill-Health

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ISSN 2042-6968 (Online)
ISSN 1359-1983 (Print)