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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: Poem Brut – CoBrA: Poetry of Rebellion

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. In this session we will look at creating poetry through CoBrA: Poetry of Rebellion


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 Online Session
Time: 14:00 to 15:30
Date: 23 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