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A project set up to help improve the health and wellbeing of families in the Forest of Dean is now offering courses provided by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

The Lydney Cluster (TLC) project, which is based in Lydney Community Centre, is offering courses provided by the Trust’s Let’s Talk service – with topics including stress, anxiety and low mood all available.

Kate Newell, Project Manager for TLC, said the courses were proving popular and there were still spaces available if people wanted to enrol.

She said: “The TLC project was initially open only to parents and carers within the Lydney cluster of schools, but we are now expanding to welcome a wider range of people from across the Forest.

“We run a full timetable of courses, including computing, healthy eating, parenting, self -defence, literacy and numeracy and even Zumba, plus much more.

“We’re really pleased to work in partnership with ²gether to offer some of the ‘Let’s Talk’ courses to the community. These excellent and accessible courses are aimed at improving emotional wellbeing and helping people to overcome conditions such as stress, anxiety, and low mood. These courses also provide an excellent refresher and reminder to all of us to help us manage stress in our lives more effectively.

“They are proving popular, and we can accept bookings from people across the Forest who would like to access these courses locally.”

Most of the courses provided under the TLC project, and all of those provided by Let’s Talk, are free of charge.

The project was set up in June 2013 with funding from the National Lottery, and also involves organisations such as GlosCol and Family Lives – a national family support charity.

Full details of the courses on offer through TLC as well as information on how to contact the project can be found through their website.

The Let’s Talk courses are delivered by Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and are educational. While they do take place in a group, there is no obligation to share personal information in front of others.

The Emotional Wellbeing course was initially run as a pilot from Lydney Community Centre and focuses on the broader aspects of what it is to improve emotional wellbeing, including through having a healthy diet, meaningful day to day activity and looking at our relationships with others.

This course can be used as a foundation to access further support from Let’s Talk including specific courses that aim to lessen low mood, anxiety, anger and poor sleep.

One to one support is also available through a guided self help programme. A brief telephone conversation with a Let’s Talk therapist will register you with the service and give the opportunity to discuss your preferences of how support can be offered. 

To find out more about Let’s Talk courses and the service, please visit https://www.talk2gether.nhs.uk/ or ring 0800 073 2200.