What's new this season

This May, we're focusing on mental health.

Mental health doesn't get talked about enough. People are starting to become more open about talking about mental health and it's had some much needed, high profile attention in the media lately. But there is still work to be done. No one should feel ashamed to talk about how they are feeling or about emotional issues that their loved ones face. That's why we are using the month of May to celebrate and talk about it.

Five ways to wellbeing

Here are 'five ways to wellbeing' developed by the New Economics Foundation.


There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.

Be active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

Take notice

Reminding yourself to take notice can strengthen and broaden awareness.


Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.


Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Many of our learners have identified mental health issues or have struggled with their mental health. They tell us that learning new things and connecting with other people helps them to feel better whatever course they have chosen. With our 'Get active and healthy' programmes we offer a range of subjects that help both mental and physical wellbeing. You can take care of your body and feel good too. 

During May, we'll also be offering a range of free courses as part of Bright Side. These courses run across the county and are available for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties, or emotional or psychological distress. They're fun, friendly courses that can make a real difference.

Courses in May include:

  • Give it a go… cookery
  • Give it a go… silk painting
  • Taster silk painting
  • Taster Outdoor learning (spring has sprung!)
  • Outdoor learning (spring has sprung!)
  • Taster… cookery
  • Taster… confidence building
  • Pottery for mental wellbeing.