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Free wellbeing programme launched to help improve mental health

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Free wellbeing programme launched to help improve mental health

SHAW has teamed up with FSC Slapton Ley to bring back the popular (and free) Wellbeing Programme.

South Hams Area Wellbeing (SHAW) and Field Studies Centre (FSC) Slapton Ley are building on the success of last year’s programme, and this year’s programme will start next Tuesday, 13 April. It is free of charge.

The programme, which will be run by a tutor over eight weeks, will focus on the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’; Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. Evidence suggests that by adopting these principles it can improve an individual’s health and wellbeing.

The sessions will be weekly, approximately two-hours-long, between 10am – 12pm, and will be in groups of six to 10, adhering to COVID safe procedures.

Participants need to be able to walk comfortably around Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, which includes some uneven ground and inclines. It is anticipated that all sessions will be held outside. If weather is inclement the centre has the facilities to deliver the course indoors, adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.

The FSC is an environmental education charity specialising in outdoor learning experiences. Sessions will be held around Slapton Ley and give participants the opportunity to engage in the natural environment, built around the principles of the. Further information can be found HERE

Sessions are open to those who feel that they would benefit from the programme; needs could be, but not limited to, those suffering with anxiety and depression, those who have been recommended physical and mental activity, those experiencing loneliness. Referrals can come from; self referral, GP or practice staff, or those from other organisations.

The tutor will call participants prior to the sessions beginning to confirm attendance and ensure any queries or concerns can be addressed – please ensure that on the information sheet the box is ticked to enable this phone call to happen.

In the first instance, please complete a referral form and send back to Helen Hamilton, SHAW Community Builder, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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