A new, free BCHA Learn course which aims to help people improve their health and wellbeing has received glowing recommendations from its first group of participants.

The one-day-a-week All Being Well course comprises five modules: Mental Health and Wellbeing, Healthy Lifestyles and a Balanced Diet, Understanding and Managing Stress, Building Confidence and Self Esteem, and Money Matters, which are taught over a six-week period.

The first course began at Boscombe Engagement Hub on September 18th and participant Daniel Matthews said it has helped him better identify and deal with stress.

He said: “I have had severe problems with my mental health and as a result I lost my long-term job and have been living in supported accommodation for a year.

“All Being Well has helped me learn to recognise and hopefully deal with things and situations which trigger my stress levels. Stress is something I really struggle with.

“I’ve also found it has boosted my confidence about being around other people. Mark and Irwin, the tutors are great - really understanding and patient and good at helping everyone engage. The course is also helpful in signposting you to other help which is available out there once you have finished these six weeks. I would highly recommend it.”

Daisy Scott-Ambrose agreed: “I have been on BCHA Learn courses before and this one has been very good for my personal wellbeing. I am a single mum and suffer with low mood and anxiety. All Being Well has helped me look at that and develop healthy ways I can improve my mental health.

“I’ve enjoyed being part of the small group over the six weeks and Mark our tutor has been incredibly patient. I’ll be taking away everything I have learned and using it. I’m also looking at other BCHA Learn courses I can join to grow my skills.”

Phoenix Ford enjoyed the healthy eating and budgeting aspects of the course. He said: “Like many people, my rent and bills have gone up and I think I’ll be able to use a lot of the tips I’ve learned on this course around shopping for affordable healthy food and batch cooking.

“This isn’t the first BCHA Learn course I have done. I’ve also taken a digital skills course and it’s good to know there are more free courses out there to help you in all areas of your life from mental wellbeing to employment.”

Delivered in a small group at a relaxed pace, All Being Well offers a holistic approach to improving your health and personal, social, and general wellbeing.

Tutor Mark Shaw said: “Our first group comprised of an interesting mix of people who all contributed and benefited in different ways. Their feedback has been very positive and will help us adapt and perfect the next course when it starts in January.

“All Being Well provides you with everyday skills and knowledge to help you become more self-aware, to build confidence and self-esteem and most importantly to help you believe in yourself and to not limit yourself in what you can achieve.

“Whether you would like to use the course as a gentle way to get back on track, or as a helpful route into work, we look forward to hearing from you.”

BCHA Learn is the employability arm of the charitable housing trust BCHA.

All Being Well is being run in partnership with BCP Skills & Learning Adult Education.

Anyone aged 19 plus and resident in BCP can attend All Being Well. Half of travel expenses will be paid, and participants will also be offered a free loaded SIM card and a free Health MOT from a local NHS practitioner.

To enrol visit BCHA LEARN, 3-5 Palmerston Road, Bournemouth BH1 4HN, phone: 01202 410575 or fill in the online form at: BCHA Learn | BCHA




Media information on this release from Debbie Granville at: hello@debbiegranvillepr.co.uk

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