As part of the BIS Community Learning Mental Health project there is funding available to arrange a range of FREE courses to adults 19+ experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. These courses are available to those suffering with anxiety, stress, sleep problems or prolonged low mood. Those who have already been on a course have reported significant improvements in their wellbeing.
Bespoke courses can also be arranged for groups at your centres looking to improve your wellbeing, in areas such as: Digital Stories, Arts, Textiles, Crafts, Healthy Living, Exercise, Relaxation, Healthy Eating, Gardening.
If you need any more information regarding the project please do not hesitate to contact Louise Weller on [email protected]
The Wellbeing College offers a wide range of courses for B&NES volunteers, they will help you to build your confidence and improve your skills in your volunteering capacity.
There are also more groups and activities to be found in this great resource The Hope Guide: newhopebanes.org/hope-guide And don’t forget Banes Talking Therapies also offer FREE courses to help with unhelpful thinking: apt-banes.awp.nhs.uk/all-courses/browse/
For more information on any of our courses please go to our website at: wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk or call 01225 831 820. We also offer one to one wellbeing advice sessions to help point you in the direction.
The University of Bath has developed a free online course. Please take a look at the following for details: Technology for Children with ASD and ID - Online Course
Autism Training Programme in South Glos – delivered by BASS, the local autism services
Details of all the courses, and the dates, can be found on the South Glos Council website:
As well as the Level 1 Awareness Training there are one day courses for Social Workers and those supporting, assessing and working more closely with autistic people.
An E-learning module from NAS Ask Autism package is also offered, free of charge, for those who want the introductory level, but can’t attend the half-day session.
If an organisation has several staff who require training, bespoke sessions could be arranged. Please contact the training department to discuss [email protected]
Autism Training in Bristol and BaNES
For details of what is available in Bristol or BaNES, please look at the Council websites,
Or contact BASS, the autism service:
Autism Information Talks
A one hour introductory talk on autism is available for those who would like to have some basic understanding of autism. This is suitable for staff working in a shop or on reception to help them when they come into contact with someone with autism. This talk can be delivered by NAS branch volunteers, so please contact the Avon Branch Officer, Diana Elliott email: [email protected] or mob: 07825 227026.
The Curly Hair Project (CHP) Training Sessions
The Curly Hair Project (CHP) is a social enterprise with worldwide appeal dedicated to supporting autistic females. Much of their training is also suited for autistic males. Find out more about them and what they do at the curly hair project.
Upcoming Autism training opportunities and events can be found here.
We have lunchtime webinars - great for busy schools and professionals to learn more about Autism, and team tickets are also available. You just watch and learn, and as it's a live training session there's the opportunity to ask questions.
Bristol Wellbeing College: A place of learning - for people and carers interested in improving their mental health and wellbeing.
Our Wellbeing College offers free mental health courses, workshops and wellbeing activities across a number of locations in Bristol. These include; assertiveness, resilience, building confidence, coping with anxiety and managing depression. We also offer a range of wellbeing activities including art sessions, walking groups and careers events. All our tutors are fully qualified, and many of them have their own experience of mental health services.
How to enrol: Our courses, workshops and events are open to anyone currently using the Bristol Mental Health Service, or their carers. You can apply for a place online. If you have any queries about eligibility, please contact us on 0117 914 5498
Please go to: www.second-step.co.uk/bristol-wellbeing-college to take a look at courses
CVS South Gloucestershire Events: Adult Learning Courses
All information on this website: www.southglos.gov.uk/communitylearning.
Autism Wellbeing CIC is a social enterprise that provides Responsive Communication support to autistic people and their families. To find out more about our work, please visit our website.
The Wiggly Worm projects offer hands-on experiences and challenges in the world of food.
They work with those in our society who are vulnerable, disadvantaged or seldom heard, and relish working with people who others find difficult to engage with.
See their website for more details: