Introduction to ORC Online (1-part course)

This course is an interactive introduction to online courses with the Recovery College. It is a chance to practice the online technology and provide students with a better idea of what to expect from an online course with us, and how they will work. This is an information-based introduction, but it will work as an interactive group as we will also look at the benefits and potential challenges of online courses.

5 Ways to Wellbeing (5-part course)

This five-part course will look in detail at the benefits of incorporating the Five Ways to Wellbeing into our lives, and how we can use these as simple and effective ways to help improve and maintain our psychological and emotional health. Across the five sessions, each week we will focus on one of the five ways to wellbeing: Connect, Give, Learn, Take Notice, Be Active

Introduction to Mindful Movement and Breathing (1-part course)

This course will help students to learn a combination of easy self-help mindful movements and breath skills that students can incorporate into their daily life. We will also explore the benefits of moving mindfully and bringing attention to the present moment and look at how this can help us better manage our own mental health. After the course, there will be detailed signposting sent out, including videos of mindfulness and mediations links, as well as apps and other relevant supports for students to access.

Focusing on Small Steps (1-part course)

This course helps students to try and regain a sense of hope during the current situation by focusing on small, manageable steps. Within this group we will look together at various strategies that can help us when we are feeling overwhelmed and explore ideas of how we can break down tasks into small, manageable chunks. We will discuss what is meant by the term ‘habit’ and look at the benefits and challenges of developing and changing habits in our daily lives.

NEW THIS TERM: Adapting to the New Normal (2-part course)

This two-part course is for anyone who would like to understand more about how we can adapt to change and identify some strategies which can help us build our emotional resilience. Few of us foresaw that 2020 would involve having to adapt our lives so rapidly to a “new normal” – which has included changing plans, managing our expectations, taking care of other people and living with uncertainty. We will discuss strategies for thinking about problems from different perspectives, how we can accept that some setbacks are inevitable and identify the strengths and skills we already have to face challenging circumstances.

Coping with Stress and Anxiety (2-part course)

This two-part course is for anyone who is keen to understand more about anxiety and stress and manage it better. During part one, we will explore and share examples of stressful and anxiety provoking triggers, feelings and stories. We will work in a group together to describe what stress and anxiety is and explore what our shared and unique reactions to it can be. We will also focus on identifying and testing out appropriate tools for coping with stress and anxiety. During part two of the course we will look at whether students have been able to try out any of the strategies explored in part one and discuss how we found them as a group. We also explore the concepts of re-framing and affirmations and try out some grounding exercises. There will be handouts and signposting provided after each course with different tips for coping with stress and anxiety.

Being Creative for Wellbeing (2-part course)

Together we will explore what creativity is and look at the benefits of being creative as a group using group interaction and discussion. The first part of this course will be more discussion and theory based, and part two will incorporate a more practical element which we will share ideas about in a group in week one. There will also be an opportunity during the course to experiment with different ideas of being creative. We will introduce further creative activities and ideas that students can take away and experiment with in their own time.

Cooking on a Budget (2-part course)

On this course we look together at how we can cook interesting and nutritious meals using minimal ingredients. We will focus on the importance of what we eat and how food and cooking effects our own mental health and wellbeing. We will also discuss the best ways to help us minimise waste when cooking and share ideas on this. During week two we will look further at discussing ideas for meals or snacks that we can create using store cupboard ingredients and share ideas within the group on tips and recipes for students to takeaway with them.

Healthy Sleep (2-part course)

This two-part course is for anyone who is keen to improve their sleep and support their, or someone else’s, wellbeing. During part one of this course, together we will explore what healthy sleep is and discuss any current challenges to our sleep routine within the group. We will also explore some positive tips for improving sleep for students to try out. In part two, we will look in more depth at how sleep affects our mental health. We will discuss as a group what helps and hinders healthy sleep and have a look at further tips and techniques that students can try out. At the end of each part of the course, students will be sent round a signposting sheet which will go through tips and techniques discussed, as well as providing details of additional resources, websites and apps for you to try out.

If you have any further questions about any of the above courses, please don’t hesitate to contact the ORC Team on:


Telephone: 01865 779613

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