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.
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.
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.
|Fri 16 Apr||Anxiety 2 - Calming the Body||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Thu 6 May||Anxiety 1 - The Body’s Response||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Thu 13 May||Anxiety 2 - Calming the Body||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Fri 4 Jun||Anxiety 1 - The Body’s Response||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Fri 11 Jun||Anxiety 2 - Calming the Body||Online Workshop||10:30 - 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 May||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
|Thu 3 Jun||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
|Wed 19 Jun||John 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 Apr||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Wed 5 May||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Mon 24 May||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
|Tue 22 Jun||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
|Wed 23 Jun||Online Workshop||14:00 - 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 Apr||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Wed 28 Apr||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||10:30 - 11:30|
|Thu 13 May||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
|Mon 7 Jun||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
|Tue 15 Jun||Online Workshop||14:00 - 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.
|Tue 20 Apr||Introduction & Breathing Meditation||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Tue 4 May||Five Senses Meditation||Online Workshop||10:30 - 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.
|Wed 28 Apr||Sleep||Online Workshop||10:30 - 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 May||Online Workshop||14:00 - 15:00|
|Thu 17 Jun||Online Workshop||10:30 - 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 Apr||Online Workshop||14:00 - 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 Apr||Online Workshop||14:00 - 15:00|
|Mon 29 Apr||Online Workshop||14:00 - 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 Apr||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Wed 14 Apr||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
|Wed 5 May||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
|Fri 21 May||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Thu 10 Jun||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Mon 28 Jun||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
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 Tuesday||14:00 - 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 May||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
|Mon 14 Jun||John Wesley's Chapel (City Centre)||14:00 - 15:30|
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.
|Mon 12 Apr||Writing 1: Wellbeing||Online Workshop||14:00 - 15:00|
|Mon 19 Apr||Writing 2: Senses||Online Workshop||14:00 - 15:00|
|Wed 26 May||Writing 1: Wellbeing||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|
|Wed 2 Jun||Writing 2: Senses||Online Workshop||10:30 - 11:30|