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    Recovery College Courses

    You can book your place on any of our 13 courses using the links on this page

    1. Mindfulness

    Mindfulness can bring many benefits into your life and support you to make improvements to your mental and physical wellbeing.

    Regular practice and awareness can enable you to learn practical ways to still the mind and take momentary relief from constantly thinking and processing information.

    Is mindfulness for you?

    Our introductory course aims to allow you to explore and experience the subject of mindfulness in a safe and comfortable environment.

    Once you have completed the introduction session, you may want to develop your mindfulness practice in our six-week practical course.



    6 Week Course


    2. Stress Awareness

    Do you want to better understand what stress is?

    Raise your awareness of the causes of stress and the effects it can have on your health and wellbeing. You will review the signs and symptoms of stress on the mind and body and identify ways of preventing or reducing the effects of stress in life.

    These sessions are designed to provide you with an opportunity to experience how relaxation exercises and destressing techniques can benefit your health and wellbeing.


    3. Relaxation

    Relaxation can seem very difficult. In this introductory session you will be able to recognise how relaxation has the potential to improve your physical and mental health. You will have the opportunity to carry out and reflect on the benefit of relaxation exercises. 

    Once you have completed an introductory session, you may want to develop a better understanding of relaxation exercises. Our follow on course is six weeks long and can be enrolled into once you have completed the introduction.



    6 Week Course


    4. Five Ways to Wellbeing

    This session will provide learners with the opportunity to review the 5 ways to wellbeing and take part in a series of wellbeing activities linked to each.

    In this introduction session, learners will gain an awareness of the key themes of wellbeing:

    • Connect
    • Be Active
    • Take Notice
    • Keep Learning and Giving.

    We'll discuss how to incorporte the 5 Ways into your life could improve health and wellbeing.


    5. Dementia

    This course is designed to provide a general overview of dementia and enable individuals to
    gain an understanding of the different types of dementia.

    Through supported discussion, you will examine some of the difficulties facing people with
    dementia alongside some of the issues facing their carers.

    If you would like to understand more we are looking to introduce Dementia Friend training, let
    us know if you would be interested in exploring this in your community and raising awareness and
    support for those with dementia.


    6. Zentangle

    Zentangle is described as a form of artistic meditation and you don’t need to be the next Van Gogh to do it.

    It allows you to each create your own pattern using your own style and feelings. A teacher will help guide you throughout this process.

    Zentangle is known to relieve stress, increase focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal wellbeing.

    It is an adaptable tool which can be practised anywhere and at any time, all you need is a pen and paper.


    7. Chair Based Exercise with Drumming

    This fun and exciting session introduces a group exercise programme that is suitable for all levels of

    The exercises are chair based but incorporate drumsticks, music and rhythm, to develop posture, balance, strength and mobility.


    8. A Taste of Lancashire

    Lancashire provides an amazing range of fresh vegetables with award winning dairies producing
    cheeses, chutneys and preserves, and home reared meat from the fells.

    As well as freshly caught fish and the renowned Morecambe Bay shrimp. The county has an abundance of fresh produce on its doorstep.

    This course will show you how to prepare tasty treats and savoury dishes with a Lancashire theme.


    9. Get into Volunteering

    Volunteering is a great way to try new things, meet new people and develop your skills.

    On top of that it also makes you feel good and you can really make a huge difference to the people you volunteer with and your local community!

    This session introduces different types of volunteering and helps you identify your skills and talents.


    10. Singing for Health and Happiness

    A fun and interactive session for those who are new to singing or haven’t sung for years, this session will explore the personal and social benefits of singing, distinguish between different musical genres and work through breathing and vocal exercises to create an opportunity for the group to sing for health and happiness!


    11. Gambling - Changing Relationships

    If gambling is getting in the way of the life you would like to lead?

    Are you worried gambling may be an issue for a loved one?

    Join us for a non-judgmental look at why and how gambling can impact negatively on our lives.

    This course is for anybody who has recognised that gambling may be an issue for them. It is also for those people who are concerned that gambling is affecting the people around them.

    Learning together, we will identify what gambling is and when it becomes a problem, understand what causes a preoccupation with gambling and kindle the spark to change our relationship with gambling.


    12. Nature to Nurture

    An increase in digital technology and communication is making it harder to find time to focus and adding to the increasing number of people in the UK struggling with their wellbeing.

    Lancashire Wildlife Trust has created Wild Wellbeing days delivered by the Ecotherapy Team called Myplace.

    The aim is to help people reconnect with nature, step away from daily life, learn new skills, and work together as part of small groups of likeminded people.

    Please note that you will be outside and need to be dressed in practical footwear and clothes.

    You should not mind to get dirty.

    Don’t forget your wet weather clothing if we have rain.


    Family Sessions

    Preston 30 July 2019 1.00pm - 4.00pm

    Preston 19 August 2019 10.00am - 1.00pm

    13. Connect 5

    While one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, Connect 5 aims to take the strain off under pressure specialist mental health services by taking a preventative approach which enables people to better manage their own mental health, increase their resilience and ultimately improve wellbeing.

    Where a diagnosable mental health condition is identified, frontline staff will also know when and how to refer on to more specialist support.