Virtual Recovery College Prospectus January to March 2022

The Recovery & Wellbeing college offers educational courses to support mental, physical and emotional wellbeing in shared learning environments in the community. Enrol now on free health and wellbeing online workshops knowledge, skills, strengths and supporting each other

Publication date:
08 December 2021
Date range:
January 2022 - March 2022

Timetable - Creativity

Healing poetry

A course for both beginners and experienced writers, exploring different ways of expressing ourselves using the written word. Lots of opportunities to share, reflect and enjoy poems written by yourselves and others.
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn several ways of writing poems
  • Explore feelings on a suggested topic
  • Experiment with different styles of writing
Healing poetry
Day Start date Time
Monday 10 January 2022 11-12am

Haiku poetry for wellbeing

Writing is good for expressing your feelings, but it can also help to distract you from any unwanted thoughts or feelings. This workshop will help you write a Haiku – a short form of simple poetry, taking nature as the subject – to help you with your mental wellbeing.
Learning Objectives

  • Discover the origins of the art of Haiku
  • Gain the techniques used for writing a Haiku and a Haibun
  • Practice writing a Haiku
Haiku poetry
Day Start date Time
Monday 17 January 2022 11-12am

Writing for wellbeing

On this two-week course your will learn how to create a colourful setting for a story. Through therapeutic and fun exercises you will then be encouraged to explore your imaginative setting and meet the characters who live there.
Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to create a world setting for storytelling
  • Experiment with sensual descriptions and imagery to bring the setting to life
  • Explore the setting landscape and meet some characters who live there
Writing for wellbeing
Day Start date Time
Tuesday 11 January 2022 11-12am

Make and mingle

Bring along an art or craft project or idea that you are already working on, and we can connect, work on our project and share new skills.
Learning Objectives

  • Discover the joy of working in a group
  • Share your work with others
  • Learn a new craft or skill
Make and mingle
Day Start date Time
Monday 24 January 2022 1-2pm

Arts and words reflection

Relaxed conversation and gentle, guided exercises in response to art and museum collections. No prior knowledge of art or museums is needed to enjoy these reflective sessions.
Learning Objectives

  • Express own ideas about Art/artists
  • Take a ‘mindful, deep-dive’ into a painting/sculpture/art installation
  • Reflect on feelings/responses around Art in different settings and contexts e.g. community, galleries, own art.
Art and words reflection
Day Start date Time
Thursday 10 February 2022 11-12am

Reading for relaxation

Join our relaxed reading session to enjoy a selection of short stories and extracts from novels to inspire, comfort and support your wellbeing. Discuss your favourite stories and poetry with others. All reading extract materials will be emailed to you for the session.
Learning Objectives

  • Read and listen to stories and extracts from novels
  • Share your thoughts and opinions about our choices for the session
  • Reflect on your favourite books, stories and poetry and explore new reading material to inspire, comfort and support your wellbeing.
Reading for relaxation
Day Start date Time
Wednesday 16 March 2022 11-12am

Seasonal creative writing - Spring

Write in response to a selection of seasonal-themed prompts. There is no expectation to produce polished, complete pieces of writing, but there will be an invitation to share your thoughts, words and reflections about the season we are connecting with.
Learning Objectives

  • Connect with the season through mindful and sensory writing exercises
  • Explore and share your favourite aspects of the season
  • Reflect on your personal feelings about the season
Seasonal creative writing - Spring
Day Start date Time
Wednesday 9 March 2022 11am-12pm