What is Living Well?
Living Well is a five week course for people with any long term health condition (for example diabetes, lung disease, pain etc.) who would like to work on improving their wellbeing (feeling able to cope and enjoy life). All of the courses are led by trained volunteer tutors who themselves have long-term conditions. Support and clinical governance is provided by the Clinical Health Psychology Service.
What does it involve?
The course involves attending five meetings, each lasts about two hours, and they are once a week. Usually the group size is between eight and ten people and there are two tutors, all of whom have a long term health condition such as diabetes, arthritis, lung problems etc. Each meeting includes a mixture of discussion and tutor led topics relating to wellbeing and managing long term health problems. Participants are enabled to:
- Identify their own wellbeing aims
- Set small steps each week towards their goals
- Think about using and gaining energy, relaxation, communication, activity and eating for wellbeing
- Meet others, learn, share information and experiences
All participants receive a folder of information and a relaxation CD so they have a reminder of what is covered.
How do I get to attend Living Well?
Living Well is organised by the Clinical Health Psychology Service of Lancsahire Care Foundation Trust. Anyone with a long term health condition who wants to improve their wellbeing can be referred to take part in a course. Your G.P., specialist or community nurse or consultant can refer you via email firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively you can phone Sue Kelly on 01704 387252 with your details and she will contact your G.P practice to confirm the referral.
Once referred, we will contact you to let you know the dates, times and location of the next group.
What do people say about it?
‘The programme was a great resource for me and has helped me realise I am a work in progress and to focus on achievements and get a lot more confidence back.’
‘The course has provided me with lots of helpful ideas, connections, socialising, all seeing me off in the right direction.’
We ask people to complete some brief questionnaires before and after attending ‘Living Well’. The results show that people have:
- An increased sense of wellbeing
- More hope for the future
- More positive emotions
Living Well Plus+
There are monthly meetings for those who have completed the course so people can keep in touch and keep ‘Living Well’. The meetings last 2 hours and are a chance to share challenges and successes, hear interesting speakers and practise relaxation techniques.