Enrol in better health and wellbeing this spring

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

The Health and Wellbeing College, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, is now accepting enrolments for the spring semester.

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

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

Every 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.

Enrolment for the new semester runs until April 13 and courses will run from May to July. Some of the new courses available for the spring semester include:

  • Living With Pain – a course for people living with persistent pain or caring for someone who does. It explores strategies to manage pain effectively.
  • Loss and Bereavement – considering the impact of loss, adjusting to change and strategies to cope with grief.
  • Assert Yourself – helping people to use positive communication skills, know their rights and become more confident.

Katie Kay, Health and Wellbeing College Project Lead, said: “We’ve had two fantastic semesters so far and we’re delighted to be able to deliver courses at new campuses in Bury and Rochdale and to expand the range of courses on offer.

“Students have told us they like the friendly, positive nature of the college courses and we know they’ve made a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing.” 

Susan Forde, 58, from Radcliffe is a peer mentor and helped produce a course on budgeting.

She said: “I want to help others using my 28 years lived experience of mental health difficulties.

“I can take an active part in reviewing the courses, sharing what has worked for me in the past and what helps me currently.

“Interacting with college staff and students helped me realise that I am not the only person who experiences difficulties at times.”

In Bury, courses are delivered at Bury Adult Learning Centre, 18 Haymarket Street and in Oldham courses are at Southlink Business Park.

The other college campuses are Stockport College, Wellington Road South and Sudden and Brimrod Community Centre, 11 to 23 Cheltenham Street, Rochdale.

People can enrol for this semester 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.