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The Learning Curve CLMHP in Wiltshire

The DfE Community Learning | Mental Health Research site (2015/18) 

Note: Learning Curve was a fully engaged third sector ACL provider and CLMH research site in phases one and two. Their team of staff were committed to the research and made many important contributions to the national project. See for example, Brenda's contribution below to the national workshop on the guidance approach to be used in phase 2. Learning Curve was one of 8 ACL providers affected nationally by changes in ESFA funding for 2017/18. Sadly, as a result, Learning Curve closed down, which is why they were unable to finish this project page as the members of their CLMH team would have wished and we are unable to provide follow-up contact details.

The Learning Curve was a small provider in Wiltshire, working to engage people in their local communities. As part of the Selwood Housing Group, they reached out to tenants to engage them in the research. We also:

  • promoted the research to our wider communities and invited people to come forward as research volunteers.
  • worked with our local IAPT service and charities including Mind, Back on Track and Wiltshire Scrapstore to identify people who could engage and benefit from any of our short courses.
  • offered courses in Cooking, Yoga, Confidence building, Healthy Lifestyles, Art and Craft, First Aid Awareness, ECDL and Basic English and Maths.

We shared our developing praxis in several different ways, including:

A process Padlet (below)


Solution focused approach to guidance 

In the recording below from the BIS Community Learning Mental Health research IAG workshop on 26 May 2016, Brenda Harrison the CLMH project lead for Learning Curve applies Fisher's process of transition to the initial involvement and engagement of learners. She shares why and how she uses a solution focused approach and scaling tools. Using an example, she explores the potential for the PHQ9, GAD7 and SWEMWBS mental health self-assessment tools to be used as scaling tools for solution-focused conversations with learners - not to identify problems but exceptions and the resources learners possess to overcome their problems.


You can download Brenda's slides


Learner case studies

 Examples from courses 

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