Services

Gloucestershire Health & Wellbeing College

We provide courses and workshops on health and wellbeing.

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Through learning together, we provide the tools that can help you to build the skills and confidence to take control of your own health and wellbeing.

We know how closely linked physical and mental health are and how you can’t have one without the other. Our courses are tailored to consider different aspects of wellbeing.

The new College replaces the former Recovery College and Gloucestershire Self-Management.

Our courses

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mindfulness Workshop

This is a face-to-face mindfulness course aimed at developing a helpful range of techniques which is designed to support you in your recovery journey.
The course takes an educational, rather than clinical, approach to mindfulness. This helps you to identify what works best for you through group learning and sharing with fellow students, peers and the tutor.

  • Monday 22 January 2024, 1-2:30pm in the Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 9 January 2024.
  • Monday 19 February 2024, 1-2:30pm in Stroud (venue TBC) Closing date for applications is Monday, 29 January 2024.
Bitesize Steps to Recovery

This is a face-to-face course which looks at the CHIME recovery model to see how it can support you to live well with a mental health condition.
Each week we will cover a topic of the acronym CHIME, which stands for Connections, Hope, Identity, Meaning, and Empowerment.
This is a five-week course where you can learn skills and strategies to support recovery and to self-manage your condition.

  • Wednesday 24 January 2024 1-3pm each Wednesday until 21 February. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 2 January 2024.
  • Tuesday 27 February 2024, 12:30-2:30, every Tuesday until 2nd April, in the George Watson Hall, Tewkesbury. The closing date for applications is Monday, 29 January.
Living with Anxiety, Depression and Psychosis

An online course aimed at sharing about these conditions and how they can vary from person to person. Our peer support workers share their own experiences of how they manage these conditions day-to-day. Learn skills and techniques to support your own recovery and manage your condition to the best of your ability.

  • Monday, 29 January every Monday until 19 February 2024. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 2 January 2024.
Employment

A face-to-face course which can enable you to secure paid work as part of your recovery. This course looks at the benefits of work for positive mental wellbeing and enables you to learn skills on how to stay in employment. Meet our peer support workers who have experience of gaining, and sustaining, paid employment whilst living with a mental health condition. This course is delivered with the IPS Employment Services Team.

  • Thursday 29 February 2024 10:30-12pm until Thursday 21 March, at the Guildhall in Gloucester city centre. The closing date for applications is Thursday, 8 February 2024.

 

Bespoke courses for Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust Teams

Free to Talk

This course is for those who are currently receiving support from the Specialist Community Forensic Team.

  • Tuesday 16 January until 6 February 2024, from 1-3pm at the Guildhall in Gloucester City Centre. The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 December.
Free to Talk

This course is for those who are currently receiving support from the Specialist Community Forensic Team.

  • Tuesday 16 January until 6 February 2024, from 1-3pm at the Guildhall in Gloucester City Centre. The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 December.
Recovery through Activity

A face-to-face course which explores the value of activity on wellbeing. It looks at the relationship between wellbeing and the activities we need, want and are expected to do in our everyday lives and how mental illness impacts this. It involves discussion regarding the topic of the week and an activity to demonstrate benefits to recovery and maintaining wellbeing. It is designed to be fun and informal; looking at strengths and knowledge as well as areas people might like to work on. The course is facilitated by an occupational therapist and peer support workers who have lived experience.

  • Tuesday 5 March each Tuesday afternoon until 26 March in the North Cotswolds (venue TBC) .The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 6 February 2024

Physical health courses

Free to Talk

This course is for those who are currently receiving support from the Specialist Community Forensic Team.

  • Tuesday 16 January until 6 February 2024, from 1-3pm at the Guildhall in Gloucester City Centre. The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 December.
Live Better to Feel Better

This is a friendly and interactive course delivered by people with lived experience of long-term physical health conditions. Learn techniques to help manage your condition such as techniques to help with relaxation, managing pain and fatigue, getting a good night’s sleep, problem solving, managing low mood, communication tips, being active and more. This is a seven-week online course.

  • 17th January 2024, every Wednesday until 28 February 2024 1.30- 3pm online. Closing date for applications is Monday 18 December.
Mindfulness Workshop for Physical Health

Our face-to-face mindfulness course develops a helpful range of techniques designed to support you in managing your health. The course takes an educational, rather than clinical, approach to mindfulness. This helps you to identify what works best for you, both through group learning and sharing with other students and the tutor.

  • Monday 4 March 2024 from 1:30- 3pm at the Pavilion in Cheltenham. Closing date for applications Monday 5 February 2024.

Our courses are co-produced; this means we invite individuals with lived experience of mental and physical health conditions to work alongside our clinical staff to design the course content. The courses are always delivered by a peer support worker or facilitator and sometimes a clinician. Peer support workers are people who have lived experience of mental health challenges or a physical health condition to help others experiencing similar situation. We are all constantly learning from each other.

For all our courses, you will need to be aged 18 or over and registered with a Gloucestershire GP. 

Our mental health courses are open to those who are  receiving  care from a secondary mental health team.

This includes the Recovery Team, GRiP, Eating Disorders, Young Adults Team, Later Life, Perinatal Mental Health or Assertive Outreach Teams.

To apply for any of our courses, complete an enrolment form or ask a member of your clinical team to do so for you.

Physical health courses are open to those living with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, COPD, heart conditions, asthma, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME and arthritis and long COVID.

Veterans courses are open to those who have served in the armed forces or are associated with the military through a spouse or as a carer or adult child.

We offer:

  • support for individual learning needs
  • bespoke work with clinical teams – please contact us if there a course you would like to us to coproduce and deliver for your service!
  • online and face-to-face courses – we provide support and access to technology to attend an online course.
  • a countywide service – running courses in GHC and community venues
  • one-off workshops and longer courses

All courses are open to GHC colleagues and carers are welcome to attend if supporting someone under GHC services.

How to enrol on a course

For all our courses, you will need to be aged 18 or over and registered with a Gloucestershire GP.

To apply for any of our courses, complete an enrolment form or ask a member of your clinical team to do so.

Our mental health courses are open to those who are currently receiving or have in the last year received, care from a secondary mental health team in the last year. This includes the Recovery Team, GRiP, Eating Disorders, Perinatal or Assertive Outreach Teams.

Our physical health courses are open to those who have long-term health conditions.

Veterans courses are open to those who have served ay amount of time in the armed forces, associated with the military, a spouse, carer or adult child.

Please get in touch if you wish to clarify if you are eligible to attend or to register or call: 01452 894204

Support in attending courses

We understand it may feel daunting to attend a course, which is why we offer both face-to-face and online courses. We take an informal approach to the course delivery and there an opportunity to speak with one of the course facilitators before the course starts.

Please let us know if you would like an opportunity to try out using the technology for online courses in advance. We understand that some students may find it difficult to actively participate especially at the start, and that’s ok!  Carers are also welcome to attend should this be helpful.

Meet the team

Our friendly GHWC team is made up of staff from health or clinical backgrounds, peer support workers, peer facilitators and administrators. The college is also supported by Expert by Experience who get involved in projects, course planning and delivery on an informal basis.  When you contact us, we will help providing further information about the college and the courses, the enrolment process, if you are a clinician we can discuss how we can potentially support your team. 

Erin

Erin is one of our peer facilitators for our Live Better to Feel Better Programme and she supports courses and teaches self-management skills to those living with long-term health conditions.

Holly

Holly is the College Manager and Occupational Therapist she worked in Working Age and Older Age inpatient settings before joining the College. She is passionate about supporting others to reach their potential, and how peer led education can have such a positive influence on helping those with their recovery and or to live well with their long-term health conditions.

Feedback

“It was a really good experience. It reinforced my strengths, positive life choices and lifestyle, and has enabled me to move forward.”

“Fantastic courses run by very welcoming, knowledgeable and experienced facilitators. They created a supportive, nurturing and safe environment.”

“I have gained new ways in which to deal with my long- term condition and, crucially, the permission to do and be what I need when I need it.  I can’t emphasise enough how important that aspect is.  It is liberating. Thank you all so very, very much.  You imbued a good atmosphere for all participants making it feel safe to share intimately.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need to pay for the courses?

No all of our courses are free of charge.

How is the Health and Wellbeing College different to any other college?

The college differs from a traditional education college by delivering courses which enable students to learn how to manage a health condition.

Can I attend an online course without a digital device or access to the internet?

We do not want anyone to feel excluded from an online course due to not having digital access or digital skills, therefore we will be happy to work with you to provide you with the support you need to access our courses.

What additional support can you provide?
We are happy to accommodate additional needs where possible, whether it is accessible buildings, large print format for materials, support with communication or writing and reading. As long as you can tell us in advance, we will do our best to be adaptable and supportive.
How do you define a long-term health condition?
Long-term conditions can include diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, COPD, heart conditions, asthma, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME and arthritis.

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