Enrol in better health and wellbeing this winter

People can now benefit from free recovery-focused, educational courses to help them improve their health and wellbeing.

Following a successful first semester, the Health and Wellbeing College, run by Pennine Care, is now accepting enrolments for the winter semester.

The courses are for anyone over the age of 18 years, who lives in Bury, Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside or Glossop.

Health and Wellbeing College team

They are designed to support people to recognise their potential and make the most of their talents and resources, through self-management.

This semester a range of new and exciting courses have been added to the programme to offer a mix of mental and physical health topics and life skills.

These will help people to deal with any health challenges they may experience and achieve the things they want in life.

Every single course is jointly developed by someone with professional skills or knowledge (known as experts by profession) and someone with skills or knowledge gained through living with the condition (known experts by experience).

These aim to be fun and interactive and will include a number of different learning styles, to ensure there is something for everyone.

The winter semester begins on 9 January 2017 and will run until 7 April 2017. Some of the new courses available for the winter semester include:

  • Coping with change – aimed at helping people to explore how they can prepare for change and deal with stressful situations.
  • Eat well be active – for those who want to live a healthier lifestyle and make better choices about the food they eat and their level of activity.
  • Healthy relationships – this aims to increase people’s awareness about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
  • Preparing for you future – how to write a CV, complete application forms, search for jobs and learn basic interview techniques.

Katie Kay, Health and Wellbeing College Project Lead, said: “After what was a very successful first semester, we’re excited to invite new and existing students to enrol on our winter courses.

“We had students from a real mix of backgrounds last semester, up to the age of 70 years old, which was great as the college aims to be for everyone.

“Our focus is to move away from the clinical angle towards an educational approach - feedback has shown that it’s making a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing.”

This semester, some courses will be delivered at a new campus based at Stockport College, Wellington Road South, in Stockport. Courses will also continue to be delivered at Maple House, Southlink Business Park in Oldham.

People can enrol for this semester from now until 6 January 2017, by calling 0161 716 2666, emailing hwcollege.penninecare@nhs.net, or coming into the Oldham campus between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

For more information and to see the prospectus, people can also visit www.mhmc.penninecare.nhs.uk/HWCollege or search @healthandwellbeingcollege on Facebook.