Health and Wellbeing 

Our It’s My Life programmes are designed to help you take control of your life, exploring areas of your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing that could be holding you back. All of our courses run in small, friendly groups with experienced mentors, who will take each session at a gentle pace and help you build a circle of support while giving you practical ways to improve your wellbeing.

Over 8 sessions this programme helps you develop the skills to deal with situations you find challenging, giving you tools to become more confident and effective in your everyday life. We will cover topics such as:
• Understand what is meant by ‘mental health’ and ‘wellbeing’ and factors that can affect you; identify sources of support and what may stop people
accessing support; identify ways to foster your own positive mental health and wellbeing.
• Symptoms and effects of stress; what may be making you stressed;
strategies for relaxing during stressful times; reducing and managing stress, techniques for managing and relieving tension.
• Emotional resilience – what is it? Exploring your reactions to various situations that could challenge you, and develop ways to cope with these in a resilient way.
• Understand what is meant by ‘assertive behaviour’; explore ideas of
passive and aggressive behaviour; identify challenging situations and ways you could be assertive to achieve the desired outcome. 

The old saying ‘A healthy mind in a healthy body’ is still true – it’s hard to feel good if you’re not sleeping well or getting the right food and exercise. This programme includes 5 sessions and covers 3 topics as follows:
• Understand what sleep does for our bodies and the relationship between sleep and wellbeing; Understand how sleep deprivation impacts you and how to address it. 

• Ways a healthy diet contributes to physical and mental wellbeing; the importance of balance, moderation, variety and fluid intake in your diet; planning meals to account for personal needs and requirements.
• Identify food groups for a balanced diet and how much to eat; identify different types of exercise, how much is needed and how food and exercise help with a healthy lifestyle. 

Spending time in the fresh air is fantastic for your mental and physical wellbeing and this 2 day workshop will give you a great excuse to get out into nature within a small group. Based at our Parkfield centre, you’ll learn some basic gardening techniques, for example:
• Identifying plants and weeds
• Knowing what different garden tools are used for and how to take care of them
• Identifying containers to use for planting
• Choosing plants for planting and preparing the soil • Learning how to care for plants 

Join our programme and re-energise at Parkfield – an idyllic community enterprise offering an inspiring yet peaceful journey that enables people to be the best they can. 

This is a voluntary practical-based programme working out of the Parkfield site offering vocational training in both horticulture and conservation along with the transferable skills that many employers look for, such as team work and communication in the workplace. 

Practically, you will be working with our experienced tutors to improve the garden areas to grow fruit and vegetables for our community shop and for the lunch club at The Pad. We will also be working on re-generating a wooded area to increase its wildlife and community value. 

Worrying about money and debt is not good for your peace of mind! We know it can be hard to make ends meet, so this 2-day workshop will help you get to grips with your incomings and outgoings and see how you can identify any
areas for change. 

To get the most from this workshop, it is essential to bring along some financial information, such as amounts you currently pay on bills – though you will never be asked to share your bank details or anything
confidential. Your mentor should contact you before the session with a checklist of info that would be useful to bring. 

This 3 day workshop will give you the tools to move forwards and start applying successfully for jobs in your chosen area, such as: 

  • Creating your own CV in a suitable format to showcase your skills and experience, and check it for accuracy.
  • Discover different ways of applying for a job and why these methods are used.
  • Completing job application forms accurately
  • How to write appropriate cover letters to accompany job applications
  • Presenting yourself at an interview – what to wear, body language and
    non-verbal communication.
  • Answering questions at interview – what to say and what not to say! 
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