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Welcome to Bristol Wellbeing College

Bristol Wellbeing College delivers workshops, courses and activities to improve mental health and wellbeing.  Anyone living in Bristol and who has used Bristol Mental Health services can attend, and their carers.

Our workshops

We have designed a colour-coded system so you can easily see which sessions are most appropriate for your own recovery journey.

Lighter sessions encouraging self expression, including through the use of sensory tools and activities

Focused sessions providing helpful tools and strategies for better mental wellbeing

In-depth sessions offering self-reflection, activities and tools to continue moving forward

Sessions calendar

All our workshops, courses and activities are can be found below. Please click on the session title for more details.

Course name: Writing for Wellbeing – Senses

What is the session about?

Our Writing for Wellbeing series allows us to get in touch with our creative side and 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 allows freedom in expression.  Within this series we connect with our senses, explore our emotions and memories as well as write our stories ‘together in Isolation’.  Within this session we will focus on how our senses can help us write for wellbeing.

Who is it for?

We have created these online sessions to help support our mental and physical wellbeing at a time when our normal day to day lives has changed. So whether you are struggling with your mental health, feeling more isolated, anxious or just bored due to the current situation, these session will help you to find ways to manage and engage with others.

How is it taught?

These sessions will be taught over the video conferencing application Zoom and will be discussion focused.  You will be given instructions on how to download and use Zoom when you book onto this sessions.

What will be learnt?

Each individual session will explore one of the aspects of the series in greater detail.  We hope you will get some useful ideas and techniques to try out and help you manage through this period, as well as sharing your ideas and staying connected with others.

Location: Zoom Online Session
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
Date: 4 November 2020
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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 Courses:  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.

News, resources and things to know

One of our learners, Ruth, has written a very helpful resource, writing for wellbeing. It contains simple writing exercises that may help you process your thoughts and feelings. You can access the document here. If you complete the exercises and would like to share your work with us, email them to claire.robinson@second-step.co.uk.

Some learners are attending our creative writing course, Poem Brut. We will be exhibiting their art, Poetry Without Words, online and hoping to hold a live exhibition in the New Year. Find out more here.

You can find pre-recorded YouTube sessions on a range of topics such as boost your mood and writing for wellbeing.  Join our Facebook community where you can connect with like-minded people.  Read blogs from our learners and tutors.

If you have any questions please get in touch:

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