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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Are you feeling stressed or anxious? Are you feeling low in confidence?

Would you benefit from some time to relax and learn new skills?

Would you like to improve your wellbeing?

Signpost to good mental health and wellbeingWhy not join us on a FREE* five week course exploring a range of topics? These three hour sessions over 5 weeks will focus on improving your wellbeing within a friendly and supportive group.
This course is aimed at residents of Luton, with a focus on carers, people with long-term illness or health conditions and physical disabilities, who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

Courses can include:
Mindfulness and Relaxation
Meditation, mindfulness and relaxation can help you learn to cope better with the stresses of life, helping you to relax and unwind.
Healthy Lifestyles
Try different ways to stay active and have a healthy lifestyle. Explore the benefits of these changes.
Empowerment
Learn how to manage stress and changes in your life. The aim is to improve confidence and motivation to take the next steps.
Art for Wellbeing
Developing your skills in a range of art and craft techniques can help to reduce everyday pressures, stresses and anxieties.
The course will support people experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions such as low confidence, anxiety, and stress. Different techniques and strategies aim to improve mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
Working in partnership with Luton Adult Learning as part of a government funded mental health research project we will explore the positive impacts that learning can have on your wellbeing.

For more information call our health, learning and work team on 01582 470900 or email hlw@drcbeds.org.uk
*(subject to eligibility)

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Health and Fitness

Get Healthy and Happy in 2017 with:

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Come and join us if you have reduced mobility.

Come and join us if you need to lose some weight.

This specialist weight management programme by BIG Health and Fitness has been created to be disability-friendly and is ideally suited for wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility.

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This popular weight loss course is accessible to people with reduced mobility and those who need to use their wheelchair at all times.
The BIG Health and fitness team will be on hand to advise, encourage and support you on your weight loss journey.
We understand the additional challenges that can face people with disability in weight management if they have impaired mobility and that’s why we have these little extras to help you on your journey:

  • Scales that can weigh you in your chair.
  • Body weight and body fat analysis.

Join us on our specialised weight management programme.
Venue: Poynters House, Poynters Road Dunstable. The venue is fully accessible with good parking and disabled facilities.
Cost:  A 6 week course of 3 sessions per week costs £120  (possibly subsidised by your GP).
For more dates and more information on content call 01582 470900 or email hlw@drcbeds.org.uk or contact BIG Health and Fitness.

 

Health and Wellbeing

Community Wellbeing Workshops

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Join us on a programme of free* ‘wellbeing workshops’
The Community Wellbeing Project aims to support your physical, social, and emotional state to provide a tailored package of learning. It offers a series of ‘wellbeing workshops’, allowing you to choose sessions to build your own programme of support.

It will develop your skills and techniques to aid wellbeing, support change, help you to manage your health condition and improve self-esteem. Once learned, these skills can be applied at any time.

This programme is aimed at residents of Central Bedfordshire and Luton, with a focus on carers, people with long-term illness or health conditions, physical disabilities, or those experiencing mental health difficulties.

Wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy with many elements that affect how well we feel.

The Community Wellbeing Project aims to support your physical, social, and emotional state to provide a tailored package of learning. It will develop your skills and techniques to aid wellbeing, support change, help you to manage your health condition and improve self- esteem. Once learned, these skills can be applied at any time.

Group workshops include:

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Healthy Eating
  • Staying Connected
  • Stress Management
  • Confidence Building

One-to-one support is available along the way to help you plan your next steps. 
For more information or to book a place call our Health, Learning and Work team on 01582 470900 or email hlw@drcbeds.org.uk

Download our flyer for more information.

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* Free sessions are subject to eligibility

Money Management (SUM)

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Do you want to improve your financial health?
Would you like advice on how to manage money?
Are you interested in learning new skills?

Our FREE friendly and supportive course offers one-to-one coaching and group support, helping you to take control of your financial wellbeing. The course could lead into further training and work.
We will assess you current situation and agree practical actions that you will take forward. Workshops will include managing your money, employment support, IT and welfare benefits advice.

Who can attend the course?
This programme is aimed at residents of Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Northampton who have a physical disability or health condition.
You must be unemployed or economically inactive and have a right to live and work in the UK.

One-to-one and group support includes:

  • Welfare benefits advice
  • Money management skills
  • Changing financial behaviour
  • Employability skills
  • IT
  • Managing change
  • Better off calculations

Course background: The funding for the project is provided by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund. The ‘Support to Understand your Money’ (S U M) project is to support unemployed or economically inactive financial capability and tackle poverty that may be the result of being out of work. Training will enable people to be more job ready and, in the longer term, to move into work.

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For more information or to book a place call our Health, Learning and Work team on 01582 470900 or e-mail hlw@drcbeds.org.uk.

Download our flyer for more information.

Employ~ability

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Are you unemployed and looking for work?
Are you hoping to increase your household income?
Do you have a physical health condition?
Could you benefit from help and assistance into employment?
Why not join our FREE friendly and supportive course offering one-to-one coaching and group support that will help prepare you for employment.
The course will improve your confidence and teach new skills to develop your job-hunting techniques. We will provide you with the support that you need to get back into work.

Our ‘Employ~ability’ course will provide a tailor-made package of support to residents* with physical and work-limiting health issues who have a desire to return to work.
Your course will combine development of personal, social and employability skills. We will explore suitable work options, and can help find you apply for jobs.
Training can include:

  • Managing change
  • Confidence building
  • IT Skills
  • CV writing
  • Interview skills
  • Action planning and setting goals
  • Career directions – helping you to identify areas of work and hours suitable to your needs
  • Support to search for job vacancies, including access to ways of searching for jobs
  • One-to-one support to apply for jobs
  • Calculating how much better off will you be when in work

For more details, please call our Health, Learning and Work team on 01582 470900 or e-mail hlw@drcbeds.org.uk.

Download our flyer for more information.

The Building Better Opportunities “Support into Employment” project is funded by the European Union European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.
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* Luton, Bedfordshire, Northampton, Kettering, Daventry, Aylesbury and Cherwell