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We know that physically attending college is difficult at the moment but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your skills or gain new ones with our Virtual Xtra Programme.

There’s never been a better time to get involved!
Motivational Mondays

Keep your mind active with free audio books. All stories are free to stream on a desktop , laptop, phone or tablet.

Don’t miss out on animal antics with zoos across the country. Bringing zoos to you with their exciting virtual zoo days and tours.

You could also win £500 in the Royal Society of Biology photography competition. Click here to find out more.

Tasty Tuesdays

Whether you’re confident in the kitchen or don’t know where to start, here are some great websites with lots of recipes, that won’t break the bank. Bon Appetit!

Wellbeing Wednesdays

Make time for your mental health with a free Weathering the Storm collection on the Headspace app for meditations, sleep and movement exercises.

Look after your physical and mental wellbeing with these interactive resources from Mind.

TED is a non-profit organisation, dedicated to sharing important ideas on a variety of topics. TED brings together the world’s most innovative people to deliver short, powerful talks on issues that matter. Go to the TED Talks website here and search.

Culture Thursdays

If you’ve always wanted to write for TV this is the place to start! As well as advice and examples of scripts, there are lots of interviews - including one with former Doctor Who showrunner, Russell T Davies.

Future Friday's
  • Take part in online activities that will help you to think about your future and prepare you for career success.
  • Real stories to inspire your career. Explore subject areas and career paths with case studies, useful advice, top tips and videos.
  • Plan for your future and discover how your skills, interests and personality can help decide your future direction.
  • Access virtual tours and videos from universities and colleges, so you can see what it’s like on campus.
  • This free online course will show you how to make the most of the time you’ll spend in higher education, with the ultimate aim of improving your prospects when you graduate.
  • Explore the Open University’s catalogue of short courses, covering a wide range of areas, such as Sport, Psychology, Education, History, Languages, STEM, Politics and Law.
  • Donate and support the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal.
Sports Saturdays
  • Exercise your body as well as your mind with free home workouts.
  • Check out this selection of online exercise and wellbeing resources which provide free on demand content to keep you moving and allow you to take care of your mental health whilst at home.
  • Keep motivated and access free workout videos, including HIIT, kettlebells, yoga and pilates.
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