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
June 2019

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 26 June

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 venue/tutor charge.

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

Healthworks Reception

0191 372 8710

1pm - 4pm

Wednesday 26 June

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 26 June

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 26 June

Get Connected

A safe space for those with mental health issues to socialise and enjoy themselves. Meets weekly.

 

 

 

 

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

Please register your interest via Healthworks Reception on 0191 372 8710 as places are limited.

 

 

12:30pm - 2pm

Friday 28 June

Yoga

Feeling stressed?  Want to do a calming workout?  Then give our yoga class a try.  £3.00 tutor/venue charge

 

 

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

Jan Burnham




To book your place, please ring Healthworks Reception on Monday morning after 8:30am – 0191 372 8710.

9:30am-10:30am

Saturday 29 June

July 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 01 July

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 03 July

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 03 July

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 03 July

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 08 July

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 10 July

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 10 July

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 10 July

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 15 July

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 15 July

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 17 July

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 17 July

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 17 July

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 22 July

Events in North Durham

Event Event Venue Event Team Further information Time Date
June 2019

Exercise to Music

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Leadgate Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday 10:30 to 11:30

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 11:30

Wednesday 26 June

Exercise to Music

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Leadgate Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 11:30

Wednesday 26 June

Gentle Circuits

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Great Lumley Community Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:30 - 14:30

Wednesday 26 June

Pilates

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Ebchester Village Hall

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

18:30 - 19:30

Wednesday 26 June

Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Langley Park Miners Welfare Institute

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:30

Wednesday 26 June

Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Durham County Hall

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

12:30 - 13:00

Wednesday 26 June

Get Creative – Coffee & Colour

Have fun, learn a new skill and make friends at arts and crafts sessions in your local community venues and libraries.

Sessions vary, so please contact us for further details.

Consett Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:00 - 11:00

Wednesday 26 June

Get Creative – Arts & Crafts

Have fun, learn a new skill and make friends at arts and crafts sessions in your local community venues and libraries.

Sessions vary, so please contact us for further details.

The Lodge at Blackhill and Consett Park

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

Voluntary Donation

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 16:00

Wednesday 26 June

Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Gala Theatre, Durham

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:15 - 11:45

Wednesday 26 June

Yoga **Waiting List**

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Bullion Hall, Chester-le-Street

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Wednesday

£4 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 11:00

Wednesday 26 June

Reading Group -**VISUALLY IMPAIRED**

Relaxed sociable groups for people who love to read. Come along, have a cuppa and discus the latest book. Join any time. New books are issued every month and then discussed at the next session.

Spaces may be limited, so please contact us for availability.

Belmont Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Monthly, every last Wednesday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 16:00

Wednesday 26 June

Exercise to Music

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Chester le Street Parish Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

15:00 - 16:00

Thursday 27 June

Swing Fit

Swing Fit is a dance fitness class for the young at heart. With dance steps and music from the swing era, you’ll forget you’re exercising as you dance along to the Lindy Hop, Charleston and Jive.

Sessions begin 9th May.

*The first session is free and in the month of May classes will be at a subsidised cost of £3.00

*please note normal price for this session is £5.00 per class.

Meadowfield Leisure Centre

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

*£3 per session in May and then £5 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

10:30 - 11:30

Thursday 27 June

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 27 June

Gentle Circuits

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing.

Group Exercise

A range of activities to help improve your health, feel fitter or just get out of the house and meet new people.

Ushaw Moor Baptist Church

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday 11:00 to 12:00

£3 per session

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

11:00 to 12:00

Thursday 27 June

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 from 14 February 2019

10:30-12:30

Thursday 27 June

Health Walks

Short led walks in the local community. Each walk is between 30-90 minutes.

A full list of our walks can be found at:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/walkdurham

For futher information please contact:

e mail: sportandleisure@durham.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 266 555

Fulforth Centre, Sacriston

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

09:30 - 11:00

Thursday 27 June

Get Creative – Sewing Group

Have fun, learn a new skill and make friends at arts and crafts sessions in your local community venues and libraries.

Sessions vary, so please contact us for further details.

Esh Winning Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

13:15 - 15:00

Thursday 27 June

Reading Group

Relaxed sociable groups for people who love to read. Come along, have a cuppa and discus the latest book. Join any time. New books are issued every month and then discussed at the next session.

Spaces may be limited, so please contact us for availability.

Consett library

Ways to Wellbeing

Monthly, every fourth Thursday

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

14:00 - 15:00

Thursday 27 June

Get Creative – Knit & Natter

Have fun, learn a new skill and make friends at arts and crafts sessions in your local community venues and libraries.

Sessions vary, so please contact us for further details.

Stanley Library

Ways to Wellbeing

Weekly, Thursday

FREE

03000 262539

www.durham.gov.uk/waystowellbeing

11:00 - 12:00

Thursday 27 June