In-depth courses running over a series of weeks encouraging self-reflection, long-term planning and progression. The courses provide an opportunity to share experiences and support each other. Courses require commitment to attend all dates and a willingness to complete homework.
Zoom Online Courses
Our online wellbeing workshops are delivered via Zoom video conferencing software. You can download to your device here: https://zoom.us/download. If you need technical advice or assistance to access Zoom before workshops, let us know and we will be pleased to help.
Please read our Guide to a Safe Online Learning Environment before attending our online wellbeing workshops.
Anxiety is present in us all, however sometimes our anxiety can feel out of control, and we may struggle to do day to day things. In this four week course we explore different aspects of anxiety, from how anxiety affects our body, to the impact our thoughts have on our feelings and actions. Each week we identify tools and strategies to help gain a sense of empowerment and practise different techniques to create a sense of calm. Throughout the course we aim to build our internal and external resources to manage our anxiety better.
|Tue 6, 13, 20 & 27 Feb||Fishponds Primary Care Centre (Fishponds)||10:30 - 12:30|
In this course we explore different styles of communication and what we mean by assertive communication. We recognise the bill of assertive rights, how to say ‘No’ and communicate our needs effectively using ‘I’ statements. At the end of the course we develop an action plan using the tips and tools we have learnt.
|Tue 9, 16, 23 & 30 Jan||Wellspring Settlement (Barton Hill)||10:30 - 12:30|
Coping with Low Mood
In this four-week course we look at what happens to us when we are depressed, and what wellbeing tools we can develop. Looking at the symptoms and cycle of depression when energy levels are low and everyday tasks can feel exhausting. Touching on several recovery concepts, we will discover new ways and strategies to help manage depression. Everyone’s experiences are different, and this course is not about eradicating depression or offering a one size fits all solution but placing you in a position to better plan and lead a fulfilling life.
|Wed 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jan||Shirehampton JTE Hub (Methodist Church, Shirehampton)||14:30 - 16:30|
|Thu 8, 15, 22 & 29 Feb||Online Course||14:30 - 16:30|
Emotional Intensity Course
Emotional intensity can be difficult to understand and manage, with the right tools we can be better placed to soothe ourselves when intense emotions arise. On this four-week course we look at how to better comprehend individual experience of intense emotions. Throughout the course we explore different emotional recognition and regulation tools, and distress tolerance skills.
|Wed 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jan||Windmill Hill City Farm (Bedminster)||10:30 - 12:30|
|Tue 6, 13, 20 & 27 Feb||Avonmouth Community Centre (Avonmouth)||14:30 - 16:30|
Foundations for Good Mental Health
Co-produced and taught by Paul Hawkins, poet and Bristol Wellbeing College STAR (Shaping, Teaching and Responding) member, this six-week poetry course offers the chance to be experimental and unleash your creativity. We will explore how a number of contemporary poets have used language, shapes, colours and textures to express their inner thoughts and feelings, creating unusual poetical forms with scribbles, erasure, notes and strange scrawls. After three weeks of discussion and experimental exercises, we will work on a single piece we would like to present in the next Bristol Wellbeing College Exhibition. Please sign up only if you anticipate being able to attend all six course dates, as we rely on building a strong group dynamic.
This course is in association with Poem Brut, about which you can find out more here: https://www.poembrut.com/
|Mon 15, 22, 29 Jan, 12, 19 & 26 Feb||The Greenway Centre (Southmead)||14:30 - 16:30|
This four week course identifies what trauma is and how our brain and body respond to it. Recognising how trauma affects our relationships with other people as well as with ourselves, we explore the ‘inner critic’ and focus on compassion as a key element to improving both. We also discover ways in which we can create a sense of safety, developing strategies and tools which can help us reclaim our lives.
|Tue 9, 16, 23 & 30 Jan||Avonmouth Community Centre (Avonmouth)||14:30 - 16:30|
|Wed 7, 14, 21 & 28 Feb||Shirehampton JTE Hub (Methodist Church, Shirehampton)||14:30 - 16:30|