If you look up wellbeing in the dictionary it says

‘the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy’.

Sometimes we all need to pay more attention to our own wellbeing, especially when we’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. At GL11 we feel it is important for everyone to aim for that state of comfortableness. There are several ways we can work towards this and we know that everybody’s path is different.

Your Way to Wellness

Your Way to Wellness aims to help you focus on personal health and wellbeing. Our Volunteer & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Sandra Longstreth, can help you find activities to suit you, or support in the right area, with an aim to get you feeling back on track and a healthier happier version of yourself. Maybe that means helping you find voluntary or paid work; offering support for housing and benefits issues; taking up a new form of exercise; meeting new people with similar interests to yourself.

To find out more please contact Sandra on 01453 548530.

“I went to the doctor’s to get a letter about me not driving any more, and me still wanting to. The GP said, “I’ve got a man who can help you with that and more,” and since then he has helped me with so many things. I don’t know what I would have done. I have my driving licence sorted, I have got help with caring for my husband and I even have a new circle of friends.”

Gill, Your Way to Wellness participant

Seated Yoga

These classes, seated on chairs, are designed for people who may find traditional yoga classes unsuitable because of impaired mobility, or who simply enjoy a gentle, meditative class. Jala, who leads the class, encourages people to take the movements and intensity at their own pace, adapting where needed.

This course is a FREE course delivered by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Mondays, 10.30 – 11.30am (term time only) – £1 optional donation requested by GL11 to help sustain the Hub.

Starts 12th August.

Expressive Writing

Expressive Writing is back by popular demand – having been much loved by many attendees last term!

Learn the art of expressive writing. It is personal and emotional writing without regard to form or other writing conventions, like spelling, punctuation, and verb agreement. It literally comes from our core.

This course is a FREE course delivered by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

10.00am – 12.00pm (1st & 3rd Tuesdays), term time only

2.30pm – 4.30pm (2nd & 4th Tuesdays), term time only

10 week courses start 1st Oct, 21st Jan & 21st Apr.

Doing Diabetes Better

Join our qualified dietitian for this relaxed informative session for pre-diabetics and Type 2 diabetics.

Last Tuesday of each month, 2.00 – 4.00pm – Free

Re-starts on 30th April.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

Learn to cope better with stress, anxiety and difficulty and live well.

Booking essential.

Contact Amy for more information.

Invisible Illnesses Group

Share your experiences of invisible illness (such as depression, fibromyalgia, M.E. arthritis etc) in a supportive, small group space. Each week there are different arts and crafts on offer as well as puzzles and quizzes. Everything is optional, so if you just fancy a cuppa and a chat then please don’t be wary of popping in.

Mondays, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, term time only – £2

Starts 2nd September.

Hobbies & Activities

Take a look at our range of hobbies activities here which many people find help improve their wellbeing.

Walking Group

Explore Cam, Dursley and surrounding areas with like minded people while getting some gentle exercise. We have dedicated group leaders who know the way and are not afraid of most British weather! Just drop by on a Monday morning if you fancy joining.

Monday, 10.00am – 12.00pm – £1

Starts 12th August.

Mindfulness Meditation

This course is designed to help relieve stress and anxiety. You will be guided through meditation where there is a focus on the sensations of breathing and mentally scanning your body to bring awareness to each area.

This course is a FREE course delivered by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Mondays, 11.30am – 12.30pm, term time only – £1 donation requested by GL11 to help sustain the Hub.

Starts 12th August.

Music and Singing

It is said that both playing an instrument and singing can help improve your wellbeing in many different ways. So why not join our GL11 Voices Choir, or take up the ukulele? Take a look at our hobbies & activities page for more information.

Hearing Aid Clinic

A free monthly service run and provided by Gloucester Deaf Association which offers free cleaning and re-tubing of your hearing aids.

1st Thursday of the month, booking is essential. Please contact Gloucester Deaf Association on 01452 372999 to book an appointment.

Starts 5th September.

Feel-Good Yoga

Join Amy, from Birdwings Yoga, in a joyful style of flowing yoga, with a focus on practising a mindful, compassionate awareness of the body.  This includes understanding that everyone’s body is unique and that people feel yoga poses in different ways.

Thursdays, 6.00 – 7.00pm AND 7.15 – 8.15pm

Starts 15th August.

Fridays, 9.30 – 10.30am

Starts 16th August.

£48 for flexible booking 6 classes