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New Leaf Wellbeing College - opening its doors to a brighter future

04 Apr 17 - 03 Apr 18

More than 70 guests attended the launch of New Leaf College at The Colonnades. Speakers at the event included Tom Cahill, Chief Executive of HPFT, Sarah Clark from Druglink, and Dr Audrey Kempson, from the University of Hertfordshire.

New Leaf College offers a range of free educational courses to help people take better control of their wellbeing. It actively supports everyone to benefit from the opportunities the college can provide. It offers courses to students with a lived experience of both mental and/or long-term physical health issues, enabling them to take better control of their wellbeing, learn practical skills and provides an opportunity for reflection.

Irma Mullins, New Leaf College Development Manager, said: "The college is based on the belief of individual strength, co-production and self management. Co-production makes sure people with lived experience are equal partners in the college and support course development and delivery."

Dr Audrey Kempson, who spoke about her experiences both as a student, studying hard to achieve her goals and as a tutor, inspiring future generations, said: "It's one of the joys of my work to be involved in colleges such as this."

Two students, who had already benefitted greatly from the courses on offer, spoke movingly about their experiences.

"Wellbeing for me is about being happy and feeling that I’m a valuable member of society."

"I didn't think I was creative until I did one of the courses."

"Whilst I've been at the college I've done some peer support work and I'd like to continue."

"Doing these courses gives you hope. You realise you’re not the only one on this journey."

There were opportunities to network, learn more about what was on offer from the tutors and to sign up for courses. Tom Cahill remarked: "What a fantastic evening. Thank you and well done to all of you who have been involved with this project and this event."

Courses currently on offer include:

  • Daring to dream
  • Life skills
  • Using creativity for wellbeing
  • Five ways to improving your wellbeing
  • Learning for your wellbeing
  • Life skills
  • Understanding self-management
  • Coping with the pressures of daily living

The courses are free of charge and range from three hours to 12 hours (over four sessions) in length. They are based at various locations in Hertfordshire. The college is open to anyone aged 16 and over living in Hertfordshire. To find out more, contact New Leaf College:

Tel: 01442 864966

Email: info@newleafcollege.co.uk


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