Welcome to our virtual Wellbeing College

Our virtual college resources are available for anyone wanting to look after their mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time, as well as for our existing learners from Bristol and clients from North Somerset Wellbeing Services.

You’ll find a range of online resources from maintaining wellbeing and creative writing to mindful breathing. We’ll be updating our resources regularly, so please make sure you visit often and follow our Facebook and YouTube channels.

If you are already enrolled as one of our Bristol Wellbeing College learners, you can also access our new live zoom sessions and join our Facebook community where you can connect with like-minded people. To become an enrolled learner  you must be receiving support from Bristol Mental Health services, or be a carer of someone who receives support. Contact us to find out if you are eligible.

We hope you all keep safe and well during this difficult time.  If you have any questions please get in touch:

bristol.wellbeing.college@second-step.co.uk or 0117 914 5498 

NSWellbeing@second-step.co.uk or 0333 023 3504

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Tiered Sessions

We are pleased to announce the return of our tiered delivery, providing online sessions aimed at different stages of the recovery journey:

Green Workshops  For those beginning their recovery and who may be going through a period of feeling lost, helpless or hopeless.  These are lighter sessions, encouraging self-expression, for example, through the use of different sensory tools.

Blue Workshops  For those who have begun to take steps towards making positive changes and are beginning to feel some of the benefits, but who may still feel unsure about their direction.  These are more structured sessions that aim to provide learners with helpful tools and strategies.

Pink Workshops  For those who have reached a stage in their recovery where they feel comfortable with self-reflection, and are working towards long-term planning.  Learners need to have a willingness to support each other in the sessions and appropriately share their experiences.

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Course name: Poem Brut – Finding a Poetry of Your Own

What is the session about?

This Poem Brut session is week two of a six week course, in association with Poem Brut. This course is about unleashing your creativity, exploring your inner thoughts and feelings and discovering an outlet through which to express these in an original and exciting way.  This session will be devoted to finding and developing our own expression of visual poetry.


Who is it for?

It is for anyone who enjoys using language, shape and colour, who feels ready to push their own creative boundaries and willing to commit to the six weeks of the course. Though it’s not obligatory to attend all, we do recommend it.


How is it taught?

Taught by poet and Second Step service user Paul Hawkins, we will explore how a number of contemporary poets have approached self-expression with scribbles, erasure, notes and strange scrawlings. We encourage experimentation and some element of risk taking in the creative process. After four weeks of discussion and exercises, we will work on a piece (or two) we would like to exhibit for our Autumn Digital Anthology


What will be learnt?

We will learn about unusual poetic forms and how we can adopt and adapt these to suit our own style. We will discover innovative ways of working with language as an art form and hopefully learn something new about our own creative abilities along the way.


Location: Zoom Live Session
Time: 14:00 to 15:30
Date: 14 December 2020
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About the college

Second Step set up the Bristol Wellbeing College in 2014. It aims to give people who receive support from Bristol Mental Health services the recovery principles and practices to help them move forward in their lives. You can enrol to become a learner by emailing our team on bristol.wellbeing.college@second-step.co.uk or calling 0117 914 5498.

To be eligible, you must be receiving support from Bristol Mental Health services, or be a carer of someone who receives support.

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