Customers in our ILS communities have been getting taster sessions of Wellbeing College activities that could improve their wellbeing.
Over the course of the summer Wellbeing College staff will be visiting all of our ILS schemes to talk to customers about wellbeing activities and to run some taster sessions with them. The Wellbeing College is a partnership between ourselves and local organisations including Second Step, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, South Gloucestershire Council and more. It aims to help people improve their mental or physical health by taking part in courses and activities.
“As one of the key partners of the Wellbeing College in South Gloucestershire, we want to make sure that as many of our customers have access to it as possible,” said Community Insight and Investment Officer Claire Willis. “So we’re visiting our ILS schemes to find out what the people living there would like. We know everyone is different so it may be that customers in one scheme want different sessions to customers in another scheme.
“Already we have requests for dance classes, chair aerobics, computer skills and one customer has an interest in crocheting and has volunteered to run classes for other customers. Once the roadshows are complete we’ll start up classes that meet the needs of customers.”
Analysis by the Community Insight and Investment Team of previous wellbeing activities we’ve run at ILS schemes has revealed they can have a huge effect. Eighteen months ago we starting running sessions at ILS schemes, which were attended by 164 people. Of these, 70% reported an increase in their wellbeing.
The Wellbeing College is open to all. For more information visit www.sgwellbeingcollege.org