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Green Workshops

Lighter sessions offering an introduction into various ways to improve wellbeing. They are accessible to anyone, encouraging self-expression and self-care.  Sessions involve techniques, activities, and ways to connect with our senses, to develop a wellbeing toolkit.

Classroom safety

We are pleased to welcome learners onto selected workshops in a phased return to the classroom.

The wellbeing and safety of our staff, volunteers and learners are paramount. Before you book, and immediately before you attend, please ensure you have no Covid-19 symptoms. Also, take time to read our guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact us at bristol.wellbeing.college@second-step.co.uk or
0117 914 5498

Anxiety Series

Our anxiety series has been created to explore different aspect of anxiety, identifying levels of anxiety, our response to it, the tools we use and how we gain a sense of empowerment and calm. We will identify different strategies to try out in each session which will help develop our internal resources to better manage our anxiety.

If you have attended the sessions below, you will find more in our Blue Anxiety Series.

DateSession FocusLocationTime
Fri 16 AprAnxiety 2 - Calming the BodyOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Thu 6 MayAnxiety 1 - The Body’s ResponseOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Thu 13 MayAnxiety 2 - Calming the BodyOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Fri 4 JunAnxiety 1 - The Body’s ResponseOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Fri 11 JunAnxiety 2 - Calming the BodyOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30

Anxiety and Our Bodies

In this workshop we focus on what happens in the body, explore our autonomic nervous system and how to activate our parasympathetic system. We will identify different strategies to try out in the session to help develop our internal resources, and better manage our anxiety creating a sense of calm.

Wed 19 MayJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30
Thu 3 JunJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30
Wed 19 JunJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)10:30 - 12:00

Assertive Communication - Saying No

Many people find communicating their needs and points of view difficult, fearing they may come across as either too passive or aggressive. Communicating clearly can help reduce stress levels, creates healthy boundaries and promotes self- confidence. In this session we explore ways we can be more assertive, with a focus on saying "No".

Thu 29 AprOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Wed 5 MayOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Mon 24 MayJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30
Tue 22 JunJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30
Wed 23 JunOnline Workshop14:00 - 15:00

B-ACE (Body Care, Achieve, Connect, Enjoy)

Body Care, Achieve, Connect, Enjoy (better known as B-ACE) is a recovery-focused tool which can help us create a sense of balance in our lives. Through using this tool we can acknowledge what we do well and identify areas for improvement.

Thu 15 AprOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Wed 28 AprJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)10:30 - 11:30
Thu 13 MayJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30
Mon 7 JunJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30
Tue 15 JunOnline Workshop14:00 - 15:00

Be Present Series

Our ‘Be Present’ series is an eight session series. These sessions explore the different ways we can achieve a focused awareness. The sessions incorporate elements of mindfulness and meditation practice that bring us back to the present moment, helping to focus our attention, improve our self-awareness and keep us living in the now.

If you have attended the sessions below you will find more in our Blue Be Present Series.

DateSession FocusLocationTime
Tue 20 AprIntroduction & Breathing MeditationOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Tue 4 MayFive Senses MeditationOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30

Boost Your Mood Series

Our Boost your Mood sessions focus on the practical things we can do to support our physical and emotional wellbeing at this time. We explore food, sleep and activities to keep our minds occupied, as well as some simple grounding techniques to help reduce anxious feelings.

DateSession FocusLocationTime
Wed 28 AprSleepOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30

Depression Series - Finding Creativity

Motivation, Creativity and Hope are often difficult to find when we are feeling depressed. Our Depression Series explore each of these areas. In each area, we identify strategies, tools and techniques to help move us to a better feeling place and unlock our potential.

In this Finding Creativity session we explore why creativity is important, especially when managing depression, and reflect on our own creative pursuits. We introduce and try out a simple illustration activity which can help you visualise goals or memories in a fun, humorous way.

If you have already attended one of our Finding Creativity workshops below you will find more in our Blue Depression Series.

Tue 18 MayOnline Workshop14:00 - 15:00
Thu 17 JunOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30

Mindful Patterned Squares (Art Session)

This session is about relaxing and creating simple patterns using black lines and paper. Straightforward step-by-step instructions and visuals will guide you towards engaging mindfully with the meditative act of putting pen to paper.

Wed 21 AprOnline Workshop14:00 - 15:00

Mindful Portraits (Art Session)

These sessions are all about relaxing, letting go and creating simple drawings using a continuous line. Working from images provided on screen, it is a chance to enjoy the simple pleasure of making marks on paper and create some expressive and often entertaining portraits. No previous experience or drawing skills required.

Thu 15 AprOnline Workshop14:00 - 15:00
Mon 29 AprOnline Workshop14:00 - 15:00

Ways to Wellbeing

Improve wellbeing and mental health with five simple, practical tools that can easily be incorporated into daily life and which provide benefits to all.

Tue 13 AprOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Wed 14 AprJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30
Wed 5 MayJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30
Fri 21 MayOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Thu 10 JunOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Mon 28 JunJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30

Wellbeing Cafe

If you would like to know more about our wellbeing sessions why not join us for one of our cafe sessions. Within these sessions we take an informal approach to aspects around Wellbeing and staying healthy both mentally and physically.

Every Tuesday14:00 - 15:00

Writing for Wellbeing

An easy-going workshop for those wanting to boost their creative flow and increase their confidence with the pen. The aim of this workshop is to discover how writing can help our wellbeing, help overcome any fears and barriers we may have to writing, take our imagination for a walk and connect with each other through the power of words and stories.

Thu 20 MayJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30
Mon 14 JunJohn Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)14:00 - 15:30

Writing Series

In our Writing for Wellbeing Sessions, we get in touch with our creative side to explore our world through written word. During a time when we may feel stuck or isolated, writing provides a platform to connect with others and discover a form of freedom through expression. Within this series, we explore and connect with elements of our being: and round off the series with a session dedicated to writing stories on a chosen theme.

If you have attended the sessions below you will find more in our Blue Writing Series.

DateSession FocusLocationTime
Mon 12 AprWriting 1: WellbeingOnline Workshop14:00 - 15:00
Mon 19 AprWriting 2: SensesOnline Workshop14:00 - 15:00
Wed 26 MayWriting 1: WellbeingOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Wed 2 JunWriting 2: SensesOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30

Shane's story

"I can laugh at myself and with people"

Since getting involved with the Wellbeing College, Shane’s outlook on life has changed dramatically. Watch this short video to find out more.

For more stories visit the Wellbeing College blog >