Wellbeing courses

Our new course guide is now available. Please call 01253 478131 or 01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk (including your full name and postal details) to request your free copy. 

Choosing your course

All our well-being courses are designed to support recovery, build confidence and promote positive self-help while offering social interaction. Explore new ways of coping with everyday situations whether at home or at work and try some of our new taster workshops.

Most of our courses are free of charge and only available to Blackpool residents except where indicated and include any necessary resources etc. These courses are designed for anyone who wants to improve their physical and mental well-being.

You may self-refer or be referred by a GP, a carer or your well-being advisor.  A family member or friend is free to support you on your first session.  For your comfort, courses will commence with a ‘get to know’ both your tutor and the rest of the class and to determine if the course is the correct one for you. 

We are here to support you

We know that when you feel anxious it can be difficult to make the first step into something new - If we can help by arranging for somebody to meet you at the door please let the team know. Confidentiality exists at all times.

Attending a course

Please contact 01253 478131 or 01253 478032 to book your place. Booking is essential.

You are able to attend a maximum of two courses per academic year, 1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019. Learners must be over the age of 19 on or before 1 August 2019.

Courses

Building resilience

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to remain calm in the face of disaster while others appear to come undone? This course will help you gain an understanding of how natural resilience is helpful for managing pressure and how relaxation in what ever form, can help you with this.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Frustration and anger management

A course specifically designed to support individuals who have been identified as having issues with frustration and anger. You will gain strategies to recognise the signs of anger.

  • Course Code: LH45
  • Start Date: 17 January 2019          
  • When: Thursday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP         

A healthy new me

A course to help you rethink your lifestyle, identify areas to change and make a personal plan for a calmer life.

  • Course Code: LH76
  • Start Date: 14 January 2019
  • When: Monday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

Improve your well-being with mindfulness

Mindfulness can help in reducing stress, anxiety and depression, as well as helping people manage a wide range of physical conditions and for general well-being.

Please note: before enroling on this course, you must attend an information session either @The Grange or Palatine Library. For more details, please look at our Course Information Sheet or ring us on 01253 478131/01253 478032.

  • Course Code: LH81
  • Start Date: 11 January 2019          
  • When: Friday
  • Time: 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm
  • Location: @The Grange, Bathurst Avenue, Blackpool, FY3 7RW      

Stress awareness, management and well-being

This course outlines strategies and techniques for coping with and controlling pressure and reducing the impact on the individual. It will allow you to gain some ideas that may help improve your resilience and reduce anxiety.

  • Course Code: LH77
  • Start Date: 7 March 2019          
  • When: Thursday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Location: Palatine Library and Learning Centre, St Anne’s Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AP         

Beginners knitting

Would you like to learn to knit and build your craft skills? Join this course to develop not only your skills but also make friends and improve your well-being.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Low mood

This course will help you to better understand and manage your low mood/depression by teaching you a number of skills and techniques.

  • Course Code: LH82
  • Start Date: 15 January 2019
  • When: Tuesday
  • Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

Beginners crochet

Learn the basic skills and techniques to get you started. Build on your basic crochet techniques to develop your skills further.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Exploring the art of decoupage

Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper on to an object and combining with special paint effects.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Creative pathways

A course for those who want to manage their well-being through the media of art.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Make your own rag rugs

Are you creative? Are you looking to improve your wellbeing? Have you ever wanted to know how to make a rag rug? If so, then this may be the course for you. Learn how to make a rug out of recycled rags. All resources provided are free of charge.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Volunteering - understanding what's involved

Volunteering can be a very rewarding activity that will utilise and enhance your skills and experience. Previous experience is not necessary, but a volunteer does need to have patience and empathy. The topics covered range from: understanding what volunteering is, health and safety, communication and team working skills.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

5 ways to improving well-being

This course will explore the five main elements of positive well-being. Through this interactive workshop you will develop the skills to be more resilient in your every day life.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Be more confident

This informal and supportive course is suitable for adults wishing to make a change in their personal lives. It is suitable for anyone who is lacking confidence in their abilities and wants some positive direction enabling you to make choices by encouraging the building of self-confidence and self-esteem through the recognition of your skills, qualities and interests gained from life experience. 

  • Course Code: LH79
  • Start Date: 10 January 2019          
  • When: Thursday
  • Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

Getting the balance back

This course is for anyone who is feeling out of balance and stressed. The aim of the course is to provide a structured space to explore how well we look after our mental wellbeing and learn some techniques to reduce stress and improve mood.

  • Course Code: LH78
  • Start Date: 11 March 2019          
  • When: Monday
  • Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

How to survive Xmas

Does the thought of Xmas bring you out in a sweat? Jobs to complete, handle the kids and your guests. Do you struggle to cope of thinking of lost loved ones? Then join this short course to look at ways to cope.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Positive futures

The aim of this course is to continue to learn and grow as a person and to support you on your journey to recovery and a more fulfilled lifestyle. You will cover the following topics - confidence building, condition management, looking after your physical and mental health, volunteering, education, employment.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Community knit/crochet Xmas crafts

Do you want to make Xmas crafts for either yourself or the community to decorate tables, trees and windows? Can you create something to sell on our artisan market or produce for charity? Come along and join this 4 week course.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

How to deal with worry

This course will help you to understand worry and learn about how certain behaviours and thoughts can lead to the maintenance of worry and increased stress levels. It will teach a range of skills and techniques to help you manage and control your worry and anxiety.

  • Course Code: LH84
  • Start Date: 12 March 2019        
  • When: Tuesday
  • Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Location: Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

How to use your emotions to solve problems (emotional intelligence)

Are you emotionally connected to others? Can you convoy how you feel and does your mood affect the way you feel? This course will help you to do something to help either yourself or others who have conflicting emotions.

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Knitting - following a pattern

Build on your skills from the beginners course by singing up for this course and learn to develop enhanced knitting skills and to read a knitting pattern - make a great gift for someone for Xmas!

Unfortunately, there is no availability on this course. To be kept informed and to be added to our waiting list, please call us on 01253 478131/478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

Workplace well-being

1 in 6 people will be off work through mental health issues including stress, depression and anxiety. If we can be of help in your workplace contact the adult learning team on 01253 478131/01253 478032 who will be able to offer bespoke courses for your employees.

We can also provide resilience and relaxation training to combat people going off sick with a mental health issue.

If you would like some sessions for your workforce contact the adult learning team. Courses can be accommodated during the day or an evening.

Volunteering with Blackpool Council adult learning

Volunteering can be a very rewarding activity that will utilise and enhance your skills and experience. Volunteers are a valuable resource bringing with them enthusiasm, skills and experiences, flexibility, fresh ideas and new ways of working. Previous experience is not a necessity, but volunteers do need to have patients and empathy. Volunteering is a chance to meet new people and gain vocational experience if you are interested in a career as a Learning Support Assistant or in teaching adults.

Anyone who has good levels of reading, writing and counting can get involved. A regular time commitment is required, because consistency is important to our learners. Classes often take place in the evenings so full time workers are often still able to volunteer with us.

All volunteers are DBS checked and trained before being matched with a learner; you will receive continuous supervision and support. To ensure best practice we have a number of policies and procedures covering areas such as confidentiality and safeguarding. 

Please contact adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

If you have any ideas you wish to discuss, do not hesitate to contact us by calling 01253 478131/01253 478032 or email adult.learning@blackpool.gov.uk.

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