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
If you attend the course on WEDNESDAY at the Chapel, please click the link below and request to join the group
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
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!
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.”
Dates and details for your diary. Keep in Touch Days for people who no longer attend WELLIES but would like to keep in touch
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!
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.”