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23/02/2015

Local Wellbeing College launches

A local Wellbeing College has been set up to bring together organisations across B&NES to provide people with the opportunity to manage their own health and wellbeing in a move which is the first of its kind in the UK. This two-year pilot project is funded by Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (B&NES CCG) and B&NES Council. The Wellbeing College is a 2-year pilot project which will try to determine whether people manage their health and wellbeing better by doing a course or activity. Everyone taking part will be asked about their wellbeing at the start and again six months later. If it is shown that people feel better after attending the college, there could be funding for a permanent college in the future.

A dedicated website will be the hub of the College, with Wellbeing Advisors available to offer one-to-one, face-to-face or telephone advice and help with enrolment on courses in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton or Radstock.

The website – www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk  –  describes courses on offer across the district by a range of organisations from Bath MIND to Sirona’s Healthy Lifestyle Service and from Julian House to Southside. There are also lots of opportunities to get involved as Wellbeing College Volunteers. Access to the courses and activities are available to anyone over the age of 18 who is a resident in B&NES.

Courses and activities range from Juggling life and caring, healthy eating, exercise and stopping smoking to more specific things like Living Well with Dementia (for carers), Mindfulness and Alcohol Awareness. A broad range of subjects is included: physical health conditions, mental wellbeing, exercise and fitness, diet and social support. Enrolment is free for most courses and there may be a small fee for others.  

You can contact the advisers on 01225 831820 or email enquiries@wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk to arrange a face-to-face appointment or to get advice on appropriate courses over the phone.