Children First Derby's latest Wellbeing Course - Referrals Welcome After the hugely successful launch of our unique 8-week interactive wellbeing programme, we are now accepting referrals for our next course of Reach for Wellbeing Workshops. The unique 8-week fun and interactive course has been designed to support parents and carers, helping to improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing. Working in partnership with Being Me, a local not-for-profit mental health support organisation, our next 8-week wellbeing programme is set to commence from Children First Derby’s Leopold Street premises, on Wednesday 25th May 2022. The bespoke workshop sessions will run each Wednesday from 10.30am – 12.15pm, offering a well-structured holistic approach to addressing mental health needs and providing general guidance and practical solutions to promote overall good health and wellbeing. Throughout the programme, participating parents and carers will develop practical skills and understanding, enabling them to establish social support networks, build resilience and learn how to create a sound and stable environment to help their children develop, progress and achieve the best possible outcomes in their lives. Working around the needs of the parents, the programme will focus on a number of key topics, including: Developing positive Mental Health strategies - looking at negative thinking patterns with practical strategies on how to minimise their impact Exercise – introducing practical exercises to help promote physical wellness, with an emphasis for the parents/carers on how to exercise with their child Social Connections – exploring ways to stay connected with friends and family Cooking – looking at ways to prepare quick, cheap and healthy meals Sleep – offering advise on how parents and children can get a good restful night’s sleep The course will also address ways in which to help build confidence, reduce solitude and loneliness issues, and look at compare and despair issues - discussing the negative and futile implications of comparison to others; giving parents and carers lots of practical help, support and advise throughout. To compliment the course, we will also be providing links to useful apps containing additional positive mental health activities, signposting to other useful services, as well as providing a selection of free self-help books and recipe bags for participants to takeaway. In addition, a free creche and light refreshments will also be available. The latest wellbeing programme will commence on Wednesday 25th May 2022 and we can accept a maximum of 10 participants. The course is provided free of charge and will run weekly over an eight-week period. After which, we will then open the course up to another 10 participants and the programme will run again. We are currently accepting referrals from relevant health professionals, and we would encourage any health professional that is supporting a family that might benefit from this programme to please get in touch. Additionally, we are also accepting self-referrals to the programme - so if you or someone you know would like to join our next wellbeing programme, please get in touch with us directly as soon as possible. For further information please contact Children First Derby Family Support Co-ordinator, Fiona Rogers, on 01332 341516 or email [email protected] The workshops have been devised in conjunction with Being Me and developed through our Family Support Service, who have found an increased need for support within families, especially those with pre-school children, following on from the pandemic; whereby wider family and friend networks that may normally have been there to offer support were no longer as accessible. Established in 2019 with the aim of tackling the mental health pandemic across the Derby area, Being Me have worked extensively in schools with pupils, parents, and teachers. The organisation delivers bespoke workshops and programmes covering a wide variety of specialist areas such as mindfulness, exercise, social connections, and diet, to provide participants with tools to help improve general wellbeing to prevent future mental health issues.