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Bright Side: 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

Bright Side 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 Bright Side as an individual or through a support group.

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

  • herbs for health
  • creative journaling
  • aromatherapy
  • healthy cooking for one

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 Bright Side 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 Bright Side representative or with your tutor.

Find out more about Bright Side

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

Please note that some of our Bright Side representatives work part-time and will respond to your contact as soon as possible.

Courses at Bolsover ACE Centre

Brightside – flowers and crafts for wellbeing

  • Day date and time: Wednesday 2 March to Wednesday 6 April, 10am to midday
  • Weeks: 6

Book a course on flowers and crafts for wellbeing.

Courses at Clay Cross ACE Centre

Bright Side - introduction to digital photography

Are you feeling in need of something to support your mental health? Do you want to learn how to use your camera’s controls and settings?

  • Day date and time: Wednesday 2 March to Wednesday 6 April, 2pm to 4pm
  • Weeks: 6

Book a course on introduction to digital photography.

Courses at Derbyshire Eco Centre

Brightside flourish garden project

For anyone that is looking to build their confidence and self-esteem in a calm, friendly and supportive environment whilst working with nature.

  • Day date and time: Tuesday 22 March to Tuesday 10 May, 11am to 1pm
  • Weeks: 6

Book a course on gardening.

Courses at Long Eaton ACE Centre (Community House)

Bright Side meditation

For anyone looking to find a way to calm their mind, control negative emotions and improve focus and concentration.

  • Day date and time: Tuesday 25 January to Tuesday 8 March, 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Weeks: 6
  • Course fee (Fee A / Fee B / Fee C): Free
  • Additional materials fee: No
  • Venue: Community House ACE Centre

Book a course on meditation.

Online courses

Bright Side creative writing - the castle

Be inspired to use your mind imaginatively to produce a piece of writing that will make you feel good.

  • Day date and time: Thursday 13 January to Thursday 17 February, 4pm to 6pm
  • Weeks: 6
  • Type of online course: Live video lesson

Book a course on creative writing.

Bright Side poetry as therapy

Enjoy reading and discussing themes within poems and expressing ideas and emotions by writing your own poetry.

  • Day date and time: Thursday 3 March to Thursday 7 April, 4pm to 6pm
  • Weeks: 6
  • Type of online course: Live video lesson

Book a course on poetry as therapy.