Improving Mental Wellbeing

The Wellbeing for Life team can support you to improve your mental wellbeing.

Your mental health is important. Some mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, are common. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.  If you have such an illness, it’s important to get the right treatment. However, there’s more to good mental health than avoiding or treating mental illness. There is also positive mental wellbeing.

Mental wellbeing is important as we all want to feel good about ourselves and the world around us, and be able to get the most from our lives. There is also evidence that good mental wellbeing is important for our physical health, and that it can help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing. Self-esteem and self-confidence are, too. So is a feeling that you can do the things you want to do. Mental wellbeing can take many different forms, but a useful description is feeling good and functioning well. Our team will work with you to increase confidence and self-esteem and engage with the community around you.

Having good mental wellbeing does not mean that you will never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult. But it does mean that you feel you have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual.

Take these five steps to improve your mental wellbeing today. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life. It is definitely worth a try so keep an open mind

  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
  • Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
  • Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
  • Take notice – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Enjoy the simple things in life.

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Events in East Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
August 2019

Walking Football

Walking Football is a slower version of the game; it’s football at a walking pace. Adults all over the country have begun playing the game of Walking Football for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer.  It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into fitness.

Cost – £3:00

Peterlee Pavilion, 7-12 Helford Rd, Peterlee SR8 1ER

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

7:30pm-8:30pm

Monday 19 August

Walking Netball

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it’s netball at a walking pace. Adults all over the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into fitness.

 

Cost – £3:00

Seaham Leisure Centre, The Recreation Ground, Deneside, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 8NP

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

7:30pm-8:30pm

Monday 19 August

Arts & Crafts

In addition to our regular programme, we also provide a variety of new taster sessions leading into weekly sessions. For the most up to date information about taster sessions and events in your area, please contact us.

Social Activity Groups are friendly over 50s groups. A wide range of activities are on offer – from illustrated talks and demonstrations to workshops and excursions. No booking required.

 

 

 

Blackhall Community Centre

Hesleden Road,

Hartlepool

TS27 4LQ

Ways to Wellbeing

Contact Ways to Wellbeing 03000 262 539 for information.

 

 

12pm-1:30pm

Wednesday 21 August

Arts & Crafts

In addition to our regular programme, we also provide a variety of new taster sessions leading into weekly sessions. For the most up to date information about taster sessions and events in your area, please contact us.

Social Activity Groups are friendly over 50s groups. A wide range of activities are on offer – from illustrated talks and demonstrations to workshops and excursions. No booking required.

 

Wheatley Hill community Centre

Wheatley Hill, Durham

DH6 3JS

 

 

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Contact Ways to Wellbeing 03000 262 539 for information.

2pm-3:30pm

Wednesday 21 August

Arts & Crafts

In addition to our regular programme, we also provide a variety of new taster sessions leading into weekly sessions. For the most up to date information about taster sessions and events in your area, please contact us.

Social Activity Groups are friendly over 50s groups. A wide range of activities are on offer – from illustrated talks and demonstrations to workshops and excursions. No booking required.

 

 

 

 

Horden Youth & Community Centre

Eden St,

Horden

Peterlee

SR8 4LH

Ways to Wellbeing








Contact Ways to Wellbeing 03000 262 539 for information.

10am-11:30am

Wednesday 21 August

Better Fit

FREE 8 week programme commencing Thursday 25 July 2019.

Do your talk to your friends and they tell you how they are getting fit through the gym to do spinning, Metafit or boot camp?

Does this fill you with dread? Here at Healthworks we are offering Better Fit – a free programme which will introduce you to the gym and its equipment, build your confidence, working at your pace in a fun and comfortable environment.

We will provide you with the tools which can improve your physical and mental wellbeing. This will be a small private group, led by an experienced trainer.

If you are interested in this programme you will need to complete a gym eligibility form which you can do at reception or over the telephone on 0191 372 8710. Once completed and signed off you can enrol on the programme and start your pathway to fitness!

Our café Juiceworks will be open from 9am if you want to call first for a free tea or coffee.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, Co Durham SR8 3EX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Collins

Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710

2pm-3pm

Thursday 22 August

Walking Netball

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it’s netball at a walking pace. Adults all over the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into fitness.

 

Cost – £3:00

Seaham Leisure Centre, The Recreation Ground, Deneside, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 8NP

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

 

7:30pm-8:30pm

Monday 26 August

Walking Football

Walking Football is a slower version of the game; it’s football at a walking pace. Adults all over the country have begun playing the game of Walking Football for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer.  It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into fitness.

Cost – £3:00

Peterlee Pavilion, 7-12 Helford Rd, Peterlee SR8 1ER

 

Ways to Wellbeing

Please call 03000 262 539 for further information or to book a place or email waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk

7:30pm-8:30pm

Monday 26 August

Arts & Crafts

In addition to our regular programme, we also provide a variety of new taster sessions leading into weekly sessions. For the most up to date information about taster sessions and events in your area, please contact us.

Social Activity Groups are friendly over 50s groups. A wide range of activities are on offer – from illustrated talks and demonstrations to workshops and excursions. No booking required.

 

 

 

 

 

Blackhall Community Centre

Hesleden Road,

Hartlepool

TS27 4LQ

Ways to Wellbeing

Contact Ways to Wellbeing 03000 262 539 for information.

 

12pm-1:30pm

Wednesday 28 August

Arts & Crafts

In addition to our regular programme, we also provide a variety of new taster sessions leading into weekly sessions. For the most up to date information about taster sessions and events in your area, please contact us.

Social Activity Groups are friendly over 50s groups. A wide range of activities are on offer – from illustrated talks and demonstrations to workshops and excursions. No booking required.

 

 

 

 

Horden Youth & Community Centre

Eden St,

Horden

Peterlee

SR8 4LH

Ways to Wellbeing








Contact Ways to Wellbeing 03000 262 539 for information.

10am-11:30am

Wednesday 28 August

Arts & Crafts

In addition to our regular programme, we also provide a variety of new taster sessions leading into weekly sessions. For the most up to date information about taster sessions and events in your area, please contact us.

Social Activity Groups are friendly over 50s groups. A wide range of activities are on offer – from illustrated talks and demonstrations to workshops and excursions. No booking required.

 

Wheatley Hill community Centre

Wheatley Hill, Durham

DH6 3JS

Ways to Wellbeing








Contact Ways to Wellbeing 03000 262 539 for information.

2pm-3:30pm

Wednesday 28 August

Better Fit

FREE 8 week programme commencing Thursday 25 July 2019.

Do your talk to your friends and they tell you how they are getting fit through the gym to do spinning, Metafit or boot camp?

Does this fill you with dread? Here at Healthworks we are offering Better Fit – a free programme which will introduce you to the gym and its equipment, build your confidence, working at your pace in a fun and comfortable environment.

We will provide you with the tools which can improve your physical and mental wellbeing. This will be a small private group, led by an experienced trainer.

If you are interested in this programme you will need to complete a gym eligibility form which you can do at reception or over the telephone on 0191 372 8710. Once completed and signed off you can enrol on the programme and start your pathway to fitness!

Our café Juiceworks will be open from 9am if you want to call first for a free tea or coffee.

 

 

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, Co Durham SR8 3EX

Sue Collins

Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710

 

 

2pm-3pm

Thursday 29 August

September 2019

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00 per month venue/tutor charge.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

1pm - 4pm

Wednesday 04 September

Chairobics

Improve your fitness and mobility in our fun, chair-based exercise class.  All abilities welcome, over 18’s only.  £1.00 tutor/venue charge

 

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Mick Killeen

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

11am-12pm

Wednesday 04 September

Creative Writing & Crafts

Come along to a friendly, comfortable environment where you can share your creativity with like minded others.

Every Friday

£2.00 per session.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, Peterlee SR8 3EX

Jaynie Dixon-Hand

Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710

1.00 - 2.30pm

Wednesday 04 September

Better Fit

FREE 8 week programme commencing Thursday 25 July 2019.

Do your talk to your friends and they tell you how they are getting fit through the gym to do spinning, Metafit or boot camp?

Does this fill you with dread? Here at Healthworks we are offering Better Fit – a free programme which will introduce you to the gym and its equipment, build your confidence, working at your pace in a fun and comfortable environment.

We will provide you with the tools which can improve your physical and mental wellbeing. This will be a small private group, led by an experienced trainer.

If you are interested in this programme you will need to complete a gym eligibility form which you can do at reception or over the telephone on 0191 372 8710. Once completed and signed off you can enrol on the programme and start your pathway to fitness!

Our café Juiceworks will be open from 9am if you want to call first for a free tea or coffee.

 

 

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, Co Durham SR8 3EX


Sue Collins








Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710

2pm-3pm

Thursday 05 September

Artworks

Are you interested in having fun and learning or improving your art skills?  Why not come along to our friendly group, all abilities welcome.  Over 18’s only.

£5.00 per month venue/tutor charge.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

1pm-4pm

Wednesday 11 September

Chairobics

Improve your fitness and mobility in our fun, chair-based exercise class.  All abilities welcome, over 18’s only.  £1.00 tutor/venue charge

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham SR8 3EX

 

 

Mick Killeen

Healthworks Reception – 0191 372 8710

11am-12pm

Wednesday 11 September

Creative Writing & Crafts

Come along to a friendly, comfortable environment where you can share your creativity with like minded others.

Every Friday

£2.00 per session.

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, Peterlee SR8 3EX

Jaynie Dixon-Hand

Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710

1.00 - 2.30pm

Wednesday 11 September

Better Fit

FREE 8 week programme commencing Thursday 25 July 2019.

Do your talk to your friends and they tell you how they are getting fit through the gym to do spinning, Metafit or boot camp?

Does this fill you with dread? Here at Healthworks we are offering Better Fit – a free programme which will introduce you to the gym and its equipment, build your confidence, working at your pace in a fun and comfortable environment.

We will provide you with the tools which can improve your physical and mental wellbeing. This will be a small private group, led by an experienced trainer.

If you are interested in this programme you will need to complete a gym eligibility form which you can do at reception or over the telephone on 0191 372 8710. Once completed and signed off you can enrol on the programme and start your pathway to fitness!

Our café Juiceworks will be open from 9am if you want to call first for a free tea or coffee.

 

 

Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, Co Durham SR8 3EX

 

 

Sue Collins


Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710

 

 

2pm-3pm

Thursday 12 September

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
August 2019

Men’s Group

Catered for Men, come and find out how to improve your health, happiness and overall quality of life.

Including games and trips out with like-minded people.

Delves Lane Village Hall

Consett

DH87BH

Wendy Scofield Marlowe

Every Thursday

For more information contact 07825 196 656

13:30 - 15:00

Thursday 22 August

Healthy Eating Group / Let’s Cook Together

In fortnightly rotation Wellbeing staff present information about healthy foods and how to incorporate them into your lifestyle.

Cooking a healthy lunch together – preparing, cooking and eating the lunch.

Cost – £3.50 to eat the lunch but haven’t helped prepare it

£2.00 if you have helped prepare the lunch

 

Waddington Street Centre

3 Waddington Street, Durham DH1 4 4BG

Dawn Roe

07827 981 736

0800 8766 887

Every Thursday

Let’s Cook Together 16th May and then every fortnight.

Healthy Eating group 23rd May then alternate Thursday’s.

 

10:30 - 12:00

Thursday 22 August

Wellbeing for Life Social Group

Meeting up with friends and new people in a friendly environment and enjoying group games and events such as Bowls, Bingo and Quizzes along with a chat over a cuppa.

Stanley Bowls Centre

Front Street

Stanley

DH9 0HU

Caroline Cranston & Laura Hood

07826 530 851

07826 884 693

0800 8766 887

Every Thursday

10:30-12:30

Thursday 22 August

September 2019

Durham self-improvement group

Join us in this group to expand your approach to improving yourself through mindfulness.

Sessions will be monthly

March 2nd – Explanation of service.

April 6th– Mindfulness  10am

June 1st – Seated yoga  11am

July 6th – Food and mood  10am

August 3rd – Mindful walk  10am

September 7th – Mental wellbeing 11am

October 5th – Health checks & Mindful colouring  10am

Belmont Community Centre,

Gilesgate Moor, Durham DH1 2LL

Julie Stobbart & Wendy Scofield Marlowe

07717 320 074

07825 196 656

0800 8766 887

First Saturday of the month (Apart from May)

10:00 or 11:00 am start for 2 hours

Saturday 07 September