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Brightside: free friendly courses

Come along and take those first steps towards feeling positive through learning new skills. Develop your confidence in a friendly environment.


Bright Side

Brightside courses are normally 12 hours long, spread over a few weeks. They deliver a rich variety of practical and hands on skills, such as outdoor and creative activities, cooking and relaxation all in a friendly setting.

These free courses are available for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties, or emotional or psychological distress. One in 4 of us go through this at some time in our lives. People can join Brightside as an individual or through a support group.

Some of the types of courses that are being offered are:

  • healthy eating / cooking on a budget
  • creative journaling
  • Tai Chi
  • willow weaving

If you want to gain confidence and improve your self-esteem then let us know what else we could offer you.

Run your own group

We're running Brightside peer support group training for people who are confident enough to run their own group.

If you're interested then discuss this with your local Brightside representative or with your tutor.

Find out more about Brightside

If you are interested in the Brightside programme for yourself, a friend or for a service user, please contact your local Brightside representative to find out more information and what's on offer in that area:

Or you can email brightside.mailbox@derbyshire.gov.uk and one of our Brightside representatives will get back to you.

Some of our Brightside representatives work part-time and will respond to your contact as soon as possible.

Courses in Alfreton

Creative art for wellbeing (Bright Side)

  • Day, date and time: Tuesday 13 September to Tuesday 25 October, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Weeks: 6
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Alfreton adult community education centre

Find out more and book on Creative art for well-being (Bright Side) from Tuesday 13 September to Tuesday 25 October, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Courses in Chesterfield

Brightside junk journaling

  • Day, date and time: Friday 16 September to Friday 21 October, 10am to 12noon
  • Weeks: 6
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Hunloke adult community education centre

Find out more and book on Brightside junk journaling from Friday 16 September to Friday 21 October, 10am to 12noon

Online Courses

Brightside creative writing - the fairground

  • Day, date and time: Thursday 15 September to Thursday 20 October, 6pm to 8pm
  • Weeks: 6
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Type of online course: Live video lesson

Find out more and book on Brightside creative writing - the fairground from Thursday 15 September to Thursday 20 October, 6pm to 8pm

Brightside poetry as therapy

  • Day, date and time: Thursday 3 November to Thursday 8 December, 6pm to 8pm
  • Weeks: 6
  • Course fee (fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Type of online course: Live video lesson

Find out more and book on Brightside poetry as therapy from Thursday 3 November to Thursday 8 December, 6pm to 8pm