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Welcome to North Somerset Wellbeing

Our service is for adults living in North Somerset in need of mental health support and their carers. We aim to help people develop skills to manage their own mental wellbeing and recovery journey or support others, reducing the need for mental health specialists. We do this by running group courses and activities using wellbeing college style techniques.

In response to Covid-19 restrictions, we have moved all our activities online. Our virtual wellbeing groups and courses take place on Zoom.  We can support you in using Zoom on laptops, PCs or on your phone. If you have any questions please contact us at NSWellbeing@second-step.co.uk to talk through your options.

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Our Timetable

We have worked hard to ensure that our virtual offer contains a range of wellbeing courses and activities that help build resilience and promote wellbeing for individuals and their carers. We understand that one of the biggest barriers to people accessing mental health care can be long waiting lists. We are really pleased that, due to the way we are funded through the BNSSG Clinical Commission Group, we are able to add people to our courses and activities really quickly - as long as there is a space!

You can take part in the wellbeing activities listed below if you are over 18 and live in North Somerset. If you would like to access the service, please complete the referral form to register yourself or another person. If you are looking to book onto our six week wellbeing course, then please complete the booking form to secure your spot.

You can find all our courses over the next few months and be able to pre-book here.

MondayWellbeing Café in Weston-Super-Mare (4 Boulevard) 2-3pm
This face-to-face group in Weston- Super- Mare is an opportunity to come together to share ideas and experiences in a safe, welcoming environment.

Please note these are not drop in sessions- numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Please email NSWellbeing@second-step.co.uk for more information and to reserve your place

Online Demystifying the Muddle of the Menopause course 2-3pm
This course looks into the physical and psychological effects of the menopause, as well as how changing hormones can impact women’s mental health. We hope to open up a conversation and encourage a supportive environment for anyone who is being affected by the menopause. Starting 25 October for six weeks.
TuesdayMindfulness in Clevedon (Town Council Office) 12:30-13:30pm
This friendly group explores ways to take notice and be more aware of the present moment. See how mindful meditations, body scans and breathing exercises can help to relax your body and mind.

Online Understanding and Managing Emotional Intensity course 1-2pm
This online course promotes a safe and accepting exploration of emotional intensity disorder. It will help people understand emotional intensity, as well as provide emotion recognition, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills. Starting 2 November for eight weeks
WednesdayOnline Wellbeing Café 2-3pm
The wellbeing cafe is a kind and supportive space to learn skills and share understanding of mental wellbeing. The topics are decided by the group creating a wide and varied range of discussion.
ThursdayWellbeing Café in Nailsea (65 High Street) 12-1pm
This face-to-face group in Nailsea is an opportunity to come together to share ideas and experiences in a safe, welcoming environment.

Please note these are not drop in sessions- numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Please email NSWellbeing@second-step.co.uk for more information and to reserve your place
FridayOnline Creative Writing 12:30-13:30
The Creative Writing group encourages you to explore your creativity and emotions through writing exercises. You don't need to be an experienced writer or share your work but you may just find a new passion for writing!

Quote saying: Thank you for the fantastic support provided through your groups. I don't know how I would have got through this year without them.

Taster sessions

Why not try one of our pre-recorded Maintaining Wellbeing and Therapeutic Art YouTube sessions or our Mindfulness sessions. These will help you to understand the kind of activities we offer as well as providing you with some useful wellbeing techniques.

What Makes Me Well

In our #WhatMakesMeWell campaign we share stories of how art and creativity has kept clients from North Somerset Wellbeing well during Covid-19.

Image from Poetry Without Words Exhibition.

Creative Writing

Vicky starts our 'virtual art exhibition' off with her story about how creative writing has given her a purpose

Picture of a person's knitting over feet covered in knitted socks.

Knitting

Heather tells us about the Healing Power of Knitting

photograph of weston super mare at sun set

Photography

Image from Poetry Without Words Exhibition.

Zentangle Art

Vicky tells us about the healing power of zentangle art

Banner: From little acorns oak trees grow

Creative Writing

photograph of signet asleep

Photography

Banner: Labels hold me back

Creative Writing

Beth talk to us about how creative writing has helped her.

photography of pink spring flower

Photography

This lovely story shows the power of nature and photography.

painting of seluded beach, sky, sea and a treee

Art

Andy tells us about how his art is his escape.

Heavy wooded gates with large handles

Poetry

Bethany closes the campaign with this thought-provoking poem.

News, resources and things to know

One of our volunteers Kara, has written a series of Covid-related blogs called 'Dear Friend' answering some of your mental health and wellbeing questions. You can find her blogs in the useful resources and ideas section below.

If you have any questions, please get in touch nswellbeing@second-step.co.uk or 0333 023 3504