This course is about learning, sharing and doing. In each session we will look at a different topic to improve your wellbeing. First you will learn about the topic; then explore this with the teacher and others in the group; then practise to develop your skills; and finally discuss how it went.
At the start of the course you will develop a personal action plan, which will be completed weekly with hints and tips to help you reach your wellness goals.
At the end of the course, you will have a personal 1-1 tutorial, at a time of your choice, to discuss your action plan, your next steps and how we can support you further.
The course will be delivered over six weeks for two hours per week. We have a variety of times available to suit your needs. There are online and face-to-face options.
There are no entry requirements.
Personal targets will be set in the form of a personal wellbeing plan, which will be evaluated.
There are no additional costs.
You could consider further courses in physical or mental wellbeing.
A knowledge of wellbeing is useful for you in any career choice.
Aero-engine worker Jamie Quince-Starkey used creative writing skills learned at Derby College to create a pilot documentary about his ambitious city environment project.
Rolls-Royce employee Jamie, 26, who was brought up in Allestree, founded The Down to Earth Project as a result of the conflict he felt between his job and the natural world. He had also always had a love for reading, writing and story-telling.
Jamie enrolled for creative writing evening classes at the Roundhouse to “get back into learning things” and to develop his ideas. He found the course gave him the toolkit to plan out a pilot film documenting The Down to Earth Project.
It was screened at the Quad venue in front of an audience of 150 people, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Derby. The pilot documents the community aspects of the project’s allotment off Markeaton Street. Jamie said he launched the project to help people reconnect with the natural world.
He created the pilot with the help of (Nottingham Trent University) photography student Jason Sheehan and other volunteers. Jamie feels the documentary fills a community niche missed by major documentaries.
Now he hopes to create a series of documentaries about the project and pitch them to TV, or to run them online as a webseries.
I was so happy how the pilot went at Quad: people I knew from school in Allestree bought tickets and said they wanted to get an allotment. Derby College helped 100 per cent. It doesn’t matter what it is: it could be a book, or a movie or a documentary, there’s always a story being told and a way to get it across. The course taught me how to approach the planning and writing. It’s a buzz when you find you have a creative side. I’d recommend it highly.
Without the support of Derby College, and the support of my lecturer Tina Jay, I don’t think I’d be at the point that I am with The Down to Earth Project.