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Blackpool - Year 1 Well-being report

Blackpool Adult Community & Family Learning

Hello world of bloggers

Hi everyone

My maiden blog at last. It is lovely to have finally got to the point where I feel confident enough to enter this. I have very much enjoyed reading everyone elses contributions so here is mine.

MIND organisations not welcome........?????

Hi Folks

Just heard that Local Authorities will get additional funding to continue with the Community Mental Health Learning courses but that they are not allowed to sub-contract any of the work out to other agencies including Local Mind groups.  As our local Mind group here in Darlington have run the courses for last 16 months and more than 188 people with mental health have benefitted, we are gutted to say the least that someone within the programme has decided we are not worthy partners?

Can someone explain to me the rationale for this odd decision?


Smile:)MK Review

Well, apologies that this is my first (and last) blog entry.  I'm a little late to the party on this one but I thought I would give you a brief overview of our experience of the MHFE pilot at Community Learning MK (CLMK) since September 2015.

Mindfulness and the Five Steps to Wellbeing

By Andy Paice

I’ve been teaching Mindfulness on the Learning Well pilot scheme for the past year. Learning Well is an adult education community learning project to help people with mild to moderate mental health issues and is run by the City of London. It operates in five London boroughs.

5 ways to wellbeing on Southall Radio

Recently, I got the opportunity to talk on a radio station called Southall Radio on a  regular slot called ‘care to share’  . Having had a close friend take part in an interview a week before - I took the opportunity to give our project and the MHFEi some airtime.  I chose the topic of 5 ways to wellbeing and it was given in English.

Moving on

Well - in my new role as Project lead  -


I have had a master class on the MHFEi web site and adding work to the Padlet - Thank you Catina - I have managed to link my first blog - SO chuffed about that ... despite my poor internet probelms....

The Learning Disability Mental Health Challenge

It is estimated that between 25-40% of people with learning disabilities also suffer with mental health problems.

RACCs work with volunteers in the wellbeing project

RACC setup a wellbeing project volunteer role description and recruited its first volunteers in January, this was successful for its first term which led us to a second round of recruitment for term 2 which took place in April with volunteers looking to start over the Summer and help out at open days. We now have a total of 7 volunteers taking part in the following activities

1. Providing clerical and project support to the administrator and project manager of the project team.

Workforce Wellbeing - Working with the local of chamber of commerce

With this terms emphasis on workforce wellbeing RACC has developed a partnership with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to co-create a workshop in work-life balance.

Engaging with employers on the subject of work/life balance has proved complex, in discussion with the chamber CEO we felt it most appropriate to offer a workshop for chamber members on work/life balance as a way to raise awareness amongst the local workforce of the reseach project we are undertaking.


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