Virtual WELLIES is LIVE

Virtual WELLIES is LIVE

Tutors and WELLIES staff have been working hard behind the scenes for learning to carry on in a positive way. We have set up separate Facebook groups for each course. This will enable us to carry on with WELLIES in a new and innovative way. Each day in the separate groups, the tutors will set tasks for you. Please request to join the appropriate group depending on the day you attend, for example, if you attend the Tuesday and Thursday course you can join the two separate groups.
If you attend the course on TUESDAY, please click the link below and request to join the group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/498433974183222/
If you attend the course on WEDNESDAY at the Chapel, please click the link below and request to join the group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/194711021966398/
If you attend the Sewing course on WEDNESDAY, please click the link below and request to join the grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/659329674854003/
If you attend the Woodwork course on THURSDAY, please click the link below and request to join the group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/601406560719941/
We as Tutors and Staff really hope you participate in the activities and look forward to seeing what you have made/created and accomplished each day in the Facebook groups.The WELLIES Project page will carry on as normal. It’s going to be a team effort but if we work together nothing will stop us from learning, communicating and ultimately enjoying ourselves. This is a fantastic diversion from all the negative things that are going on at this moment in time. Do not forget to ‘WAKE UP FOR WELLIES’ as each week will be a new set of tasks that will be posted first thing in the morning.Any questions or queries please contact any member of staff.Thank you from the WELLIES team.Welcome to WELLIES online!

Recent feedback

Recent feedback

A sample of the participant feedback following a 12 week Woodwork and a 6 week Floristry course, Autumn 2019:

“Excellent course, learnt an array of new skills, met some fantastic people, improved my mental health and wellbeing tenfold. Loved every second I was here, best therapy I’ve done, and I’ve done a lot J

“I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it to others to do, definitely would like to do it again sometime.”

“I have produced some items that I never thought I could.” “Going to WELLIES helps me manage my anxiety and mood by giving me something to focus on and keep me occupied.”

“It has given me confidence to try different projects, improved my head.”

“I have enjoyed attending the project a great deal. I have learned a lot about people and feel that this is a project that works. I find the activities cathartic and would say my own wellbeing has improved as a result of attending.”

“Doing this course has been amazing! The opportunities and knowledge we are given blows my mind. It has stopped me being isolated at home. It’s been a life saver and I am truly grateful.”

January 2020 Courses

January 2020 Courses

See what great things are planned for WELLIES in the New Year. January to March courses are all listed on the flyer and referrals are now being taken. Looks like it’s going to be another busy year!

Keep in Touch Days

Keep in Touch Days

Dates and details for your diary. Keep in Touch Days for people who no longer attend WELLIES but would like to keep in touch

Christmas Floristry Workshops

Christmas Floristry Workshops

The ever popular festive floristry workshops are back for that fab,fun, friendly event where Julie teaches us to make a door swag that will proudly adorn any house for the whole Christmas period. You will amaze yourself at what you can create whilst enjoying mulled wine and mince pies and a few hours of laughter. Book now as spaces are limited!

Autumn 2019 Programme

Autumn 2019 Programme

A great selection of courses and activities planned at WELLIES for the coming months. See this latest poster for all the information

What does WELLIES mean to me?

What does WELLIES mean to me?

As we come to the end of another term at WELLIES we asked this question to our participants and the answers we got were amazing. As Julie White says “It makes it all worthwhile”. Below are just a few of the ways people described WELLIES:

A place of comfort and safety; confidence booster; personal independence; sharing of ideas and being creative; my second family

One participant said “WELLIES is my safe place. A place I always feel welcome. Friendship – I was completely isolated before starting at WELLIES. I’ve learnt lots of new skills. I now have other things to talk about that are positive, rather than concentrating on depressing feelings. Learning healthy habits like good food, gardening and being out in the countryside. WELLIES is everything – it’s given me my life back.”

OPEN AFTERNOON

OPEN AFTERNOON

At WELLIES HQ, Chapel on the Hill, on 19th July 2019 from 1pm to 4pm. All welcome to come and see what we do and the beautiful setting we do it in. Light refreshments and stalls selling WELLIES’ wares available

Ceramic Course May 2019

Ceramic Course May 2019

In May this year, WELLIES participants enjoyed a Ceramics Course. Watch this video to see what they made and what they enjoyed about the course.

Help us Build a Therapeutic Garden

Help us Build a Therapeutic Garden

We have just launched a CrowdFunder campaign to improve the outdoor space at WELLIES and need your help!

WELLIES is crowdfunding for a therapeutic garden

The Project plan is to approach a landscape/garden designer and task them with creating a tranquil yet useable area that will be suitable for practical activities and reflective purposes. The garden will include a covered decking/veranda area for potting, pricking out, planting and craft activities; an outdoor cooking area; a large communal table with benches for sharing food or working at; a pond/water feature; a tree sculpture; an edible hedge; secluded seating and continued use of the raised beds.

There is a need to increase the useable space as participant numbers are constantly increasing and indoor space is finite. There are c.100 people attending on a weekly basis and there is always a waiting list. The demand for mental health provision in the region is rapidly rising. Work on the project would be scheduled to start September 2019, carried out by the WELLIES participants, volunteers and an experienced PM from within the organisation. January 2020 decide what seeds to buy and crops to plant, the tree sculpture will be ongoing and the pond ready for filling with fish in the Spring. Summer 2020 will see a beautiful outdoor space used for cooking, crafting on the decking, lunches outside, bountiful crops and areas available for reflection and peaceful contemplation.

To pledge your support, simply head to our CrowdFunder page before 29th July 2019 and give what you can. No amount is too small and you will be helping us continue to make a real difference to adults recovering from poor mental health.

CrowdFunder