Courses

We offer a variety of courses, ranging from half-day sessions to learning experiences of two hours spread over eight weeks. From information sessions that enhance knowledge to opportunities to share and reflect on personal experiences of mental health, we hope we have a course to interest or inspire you.
  • 17 October 2019

    Walking Naturally

    Going for a walk can do amazing things for your mental wellbeing. It can improve self-esteem, boost our mood and help us sleep better.

    Evidence suggests walking also lowers stress and anxiety and helps combat fatigue. Spending time in nature has been proven to have similar positive effects on our health and happiness.

    We invite you to discover the benefits of simply walking and spending time in nature.

    Join us for an Autumnal stroll around the Gala Policies and feel the benefits of “walking naturally” for yourself.  The walk will include a few stops and simple activities to help deepen your appreciation of the natural surroundings and explore how developing a connection with nature can help positive wellbeing.

    The activity will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, then we invite you to join us back at the Wellbeing College hub for a cuppa, cake and a chat.

    Please wear appropriate footwear and clothes suitable for the weather. The paths around the Gala Policies consist of uneven surfaces with gentle slopes and some short, steeper sections and steps. Please contact us if you would like more information about access.

    Please be aware we may have to cancel the walk in light of bad weather.

    • Gala Policies

      Meet at the Focus Centre, Livingstone Place, Galashiels, TD1 1DQ

    • Annette Murray and Marc Bremner

    • 10:30am - 12:30pm

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  • 21 October 2019

    Understanding Trauma

    Trauma can be defined as a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes mental or emotional problems for a person.  Trauma could be caused by a single significant event or by a person being exposed to harm and abuse over a period of time, either in childhood or when the person is an adult.  Trauma is a normal response to abnormal events, but the impact of trauma can be difficult to live with.


    This course is suitable for students who wish to gain an understanding of trauma, particularly:


    The impact of trauma
    An understanding of different types of trauma
    Common symptoms of trauma
    Positive coping strategies
    Information about services that might be able to offer help to someone living with trauma


    Please note, although this course is open to students who have experienced trauma, the course does not offer direct support to someone living with trauma and is not a therapeutic intervention.  The course is designed to provide a theoretical overview of trauma and is purely educational.

    • The Hive

      Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT

    • Les Newington and Rachel Fraser

    • 10:30am - 12:30pm

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  • 22 October 2019

    Recognising and Responding to Stress

    Do you feel flat, tense and anxious?  Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the smallest task? Have you noticed your sleep being affected by worry?  Have you been thinking that you can’t cope?


    If this sounds like your experience, then learning how to recognize and respond to stress could be of benefit.


    This six week course offers sessions lasting two hours, where you will gain insight into why people experience stress and the impact stress can have on day-to-day life.


    This course will provide a space for you to explore and understand your experience and offer exercises and activities designed to help you discover new ways of responding to and ultimately reducing feelings of stress.

    • The Hive

      Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT

    • Johanna Stock and Jo Highet

    • 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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  • 23 October 2019

    Exploring Confidence and Self-Esteem (Hawick)

    This four week course provides a space for students to consider the concepts of confidence and self-esteem. 

    Sessions will focus on the importance of good self-care, valuing oneself and steps we can take to feel more confident.

    Students will also explore positive communication and think about how to set healthy boundaries.

    • Room F002, Borders College

      Buccleuch Road, Hawick, TD9 0EH

    • Annette Murray and Kirsty Bremner

    • 11am - 1pm

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  • 24 October 2019

    Exploring Confidence and Self-Esteem (Peebles)

    This four week course provides a space for students to consider the concepts of confidence and self-esteem.


    Sessions will focus on the importance of good self-care, valuing oneself and steps we can take to feel more confident.


    Students will also explore positive communication and think about how to set healthy boundaries.

    • Room 1, Community Centre

      Walkershaugh, Peebles, EH44 8AU

    • Annette Murray and Kirsty Bremner

    • 10am - 12noon

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  • 21 November 2019

    Creative Writing for Wellbeing

    Do you want to create your own story?

    Over four sessions we will be looking at pictures, words, photographs and poetry for inspiration.

    Try out different forms of writing - mindful, free, descriptive, fictional, journaling and more.

    Let your imagination run free!

    Write for you - with no pressure to share what you have written.

    • The Hive

      Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT

    • Gilly Beckett and Kirsty Bremner

    • 10am - 12noon

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