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Pink Courses

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.

For a list of our workshops and courses, download a copy of our latest printable prospectus.

Classroom Safety

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

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.

For more information call us on 0117 914 5498 or email bristol.wellbeing.college@second-step.co.uk

Anxiety Course

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 2, 9, 16 & 23 JulWellspring Settlement (Ducie Road, Barton Hill)14:30 - 16:30

Assertive Communication

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.

New course dates available later in 2024

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 5, 12, 19 & 26 JunWindmill Hill City Farm (Bedminster)10:30 - 12:30

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.

Mon 3, 10, 17 & 24 JunJohn Wesley’s New Room (City Centre)14:30 - 16:30

Foundations for Good Mental Health

Co-produced with Bristol Wellbeing College’s new learner-based STAR (Shaping, Teaching And Responding) group, this course provides foundations for achieving and maintaining good mental health. We will explore self-management tools and ways to develop those areas in our life that give us a greater sense of meaning, purpose and wellbeing. This course is designed to help us to consolidate and share what we have already learned around improving our mental health, based on a range of our existing workshops. Learners will need to commit to all six course dates.

Wed 10, 17, 24, 31 Jul, 7 & 14 AugThe Greenway Centre (Southmead)10:30 – 12:30

Poem Brut

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/

New course dates available later in 2024

Understanding Trauma

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.

Thu 4, 11, 18 & 25 JulOnline Course14:30 - 16:30

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.

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