An innovative approach to helping people manage their own health and improve their wellbeing launched in Bath and North East Somerset on 6th January 2015.
The Wellbeing College provides courses to help people manage their physical and mental health.
The government’s Measuring National Wellbeing programme highlighted the factors most strongly associated with personal wellbeing are health, employment and relationship status.
The Wellbeing College was set up to bring together organisations across B&NES to provide people with the opportunity to manage their own health and wellbeing in a move which was the first of its kind in the UK.
Sarah Prendergast, is co-manager of the College with Julia Collett. She said: “It provides opportunities and resources in Bath and North East Somerset to help people manage their health and quality of life.
“Wellbeing is about the person as a whole; physical, mental and spiritual health and their relationships with their community and environment. Wellbeing affects our happiness.
“To be able to manage your wellbeing you need to be able to access information when you need it and to be able to talk to people you trust.
“The Wellbeing College is a social prescription rather than a medical prescription.”
The website –www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk – describes courses on offer across the district by a range of organisations from Bath MIND to Sirona’s Healthy Lifestyle Service and from Julian House to Southside. There are also lots of opportunities to get involved as Wellbeing College Volunteers.
Courses and activities range from juggling life and caring, healthy eating, exercise and stopping smoking to more specific things like Living Well with Dementia (for carers), Mindfulness and Alcohol Awareness.
Enrolment is free for most courses and there may be a small fee for others.
The two year pilot project is funded by Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG) and B&NES Council.
To contact the College call 01225 831820 or email@example.com