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Winter Wellbeing Journal: A Collective Wellbeing Activity

Have you heard about journaling? Journaling is super simple, and involves keeping a written notebook to explore your thoughts and feelings surrounding a topic or the events of your life. 

There are really not any rules although most journaling is a daily exercise, but it is not a planner or a diary. 

Journaling is a really useful check-in tool. There are times in our lives when we feel balanced and motivated, and other times when we’re stressed and overwhelmed. Taking time each day to put pen to paper and just letting your thoughts flow helps you to reflect on it all and feel better.

Journaling has well known benefits, like a boost in mindfulness, wellbeing, memory and communication skills. But studies have also found that writing regularly in a journal can lead to better sleep, a stronger immune system, and more self-confidence!

Some people just like to let their thoughts out each day by writing about whatever comes to mind, but some people like to write around a ‘journal prompt’. A journal prompt is a thought or a question for you to specifically think about that day. It could be something like ‘What makes you a good friend?’ or ‘What would your letter to your teenage self say?’, then you let your thoughts run free around that topic. 

Using prompts is a great way to start your new journaling habit as it removes the problem of ‘what should I write about today?’. So for our Winter Wellbeing Journal activity we will be providing you with a prompt each day for you to use.

Look at your journaling time as a personal relaxation time, and a time to get to know yourself a little bit more. It’s a time when you can de-stress and wind down. Choose to write in a place that’s relaxing and soothing, maybe with a cup of tea. Look forward to your journaling time. And know that you’re doing something good for your mind and body.

So how will our Winter Wellbeing Journal daily activity work?

Every day we will post a simple journal prompt on our both our Derbyshire Mind Facebook and Instagram pages. You are then invited to write this down into your journal notebook. It will be written in the form of a question and is designed to start you thinking! You can then find time that day to get comfy with a cup of tea and explore the question by letting your hand write. It is a great idea to set aside a dedicated time to write each day.

Then, each week on a Friday afternoon at 1.30pm you are invited to join me on Zoom for a virtual cup of tea, to have a chat, and discuss how we have got on with our journaling that week. Stay as long as you like! I look forward to connecting with you all.

What do you need to take part?

All you need to take part in our Winter Wellbeing Journal activity and to start your daily journaling practice is a notebook, a pen and a comfy chair (and maybe a cosy hot drink!).
You might like to find a new blank notebook and a pen that feels nice to write with. Maybe you have a fancy notebook tucked away somewhere from an old christmas present. Starting your journal is a great opportunity to dig it out!

If you want to join in with our Friday virtual meet ups, then you will also need either a laptop or a phone that you can use to click on the Zoom link, or type in the meeting code and password:

Zoom Meeting: Derbyshire Mind Winter Wellbeing Journal Coffee
Afternoon
To Join the Zoom Meeting on Fridays at 1.30pm:
https://zoom.us/j/95670481820?pwd=MFJzRnNTS1VtZkdHVExvSFgwZVp4UT09

Meeting ID: 956 7048 1820
Passcode: WWJ2020
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Top Tips to help you:

  • Try to find time to write every day. Set aside a few minutes every day to write. This will help you to build up the new habit. We will be posting the new prompt each day at 10am.
  • Make it easy. Keep a dedicated pen and notebook handy. Then when you want to write down your thoughts, you can. You could also keep a journal in a computer file if that’s better for you.
  • Write whatever feels right for you. Your journal doesn’t need to follow any certain structure. It’s your own private place to discuss whatever you want. Let the words flow freely. Try not to worry about spelling mistakes or what other people might think. 
  • Use your journal as you see fit. You don’t have to share your journal with anyone. If you do want to share some of your thoughts with trusted friends and loved ones, you could show them just parts of your journal.
  • Try different environments. You could take your journal outside and sit on a bench to write. Try a local park, or space in nature. Your garden works well too. A bit of fresh air will help your brain.
  • If you don’t like the prompt that day, feel free to write something else. You could even draw pictures or make a collage to support your thoughts if you would like to.

I hope you feel inspired to join in with our daily journaling activity and find it a useful way to support your wellbeing this winter!

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Derbyshire Mind gains new Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM)

 

Derbyshire Mind has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi).

The QPM is the UK’s only independent quality performance mark for organisations offering independent advocacy; an essential service for people who need support to express their needs and have increased choice and control in their lives.

To gain the QPM, independent advocacy providers have to undergo a rigorous self-assessment process and policy review.

This is followed by a structured site visit for NDTi assessors to meet advocates and the people they support.  As well as it being good practice for Local Authorities to provide advocacy to people at risk of exclusion, commissioners are required to provide statutory independent advocacy under the Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act, and more recently the Care Act.

 

The Advocacy QPM provides them with a robust benchmark to measure independent advocacy services, ensuring they select the very best providers.

 

Sarah Harrison, Service Director said “On behalf of Derbyshire Mind, I am delighted with the recommendation that we are awarded the QPM for a further 3 years in recognition of the high-quality support provided by our dedicated team of advocates.”

 

Gail Petty, QPM Manager and Lead for Advocacy and Rights at NDTi said:

The Advocacy Quality Performance Mark is only awarded to advocacy organisations who can demonstrate that they are providing excellent services to people often experiencing challenging situations in their lives.  It indicates that they have the training and policies in place to ensure people’s rights are upheld and their preferences are heard and responded to.”

Originally developed by Action for Advocacy (A4A), the Department of Health funded NDTi to review and revise the QPM in 2014, working with providers, users and commissioners of advocacy services. The application process was streamlined to be as straightforward as possible, while retaining the rigour required to ensure that high standards are met.  It is available to organisations providing independent advocacy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Further information can be accessed and applications can be made via www.qualityadvocacy.org.uk.

Mindful Crafts at Quad, Derby

Mindful Crafts is a creative group taking place 1-3pm on the second Monday of each month during Spring / Summer 2019 at Quad, on the Market Place, Derby.

Each month there will be a different theme. All workshops will be delivered in a relaxed and supportive environment, suitable for adults to learn new skills whilst improving confidence and self esteem.

These workshops are free to attend and all materials are provided on the day, just bring yourself! You are welcome to bring a bottle of water with you, with other refreshments are available from the on-site coffee shop.

Booking is recommended as places are limited.

Delivered in partnership with Quad as part of their Year of Wellbeing, Derbyshire Mind’s Enjoying Derbyshire project and Step Ball Change.

 

To book:

Call Derbyshire Mind: 01332 623732

Email: enquiries@derbyshiremind.org.uk

 

When:

1:00pm – 3:00pm on Monday 8th April 2019
1:00pm – 3:00pm on Monday 13th May 2019
1:00pm – 3:00pm on Monday 10th June 2019

 

Where:

QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS

www.derbyquad.co.uk

 

What can I expect from the session?

Each session is set out to be welcoming and supportive, with different themes. If you’re not sure about trying something out, please ask a member of staff for more information about what it is to help you decide what you would like to participate in.

Quilting for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Derby

A small and supportive group using quilting as a tool to explore Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Discover how the slow-paced and soothing process of quilt-making can be a rewarding and relaxing activity for individuals with lived experience of PTSD and their supporting family and friends.

This course is designed and delivered by Derby Adult Learning Service in partnership with Derbyshire Mind.

This 8 week course starts Thursday 9th May 2019

1:15pm to 3:15pm
At the Village Learning Centre, Browning Street, Derby, DE23 8DN

Free to attend

This workshop is free to attend and is suitable for adults with mild – moderate mental health difficulties and individuals supporting someone else.

All materials are provided and no previous experience is needed.

 

To book a place:

Booking is recommended as places are limited.
T: 01332 717 900
E: enquiries@derbyals.org

Herbs for Health, Buxton

A practical and fun course, learning how to safely harvest, dry and use the medical herbs around us; building your confidence to benefit from their medical properties safely.

Take steps towards feeling more positive through joining this small, friendly group and learning new skills. You will make small pots of creams and oils which you can take home or give as gifts.

Free to attend

This workshop is free to attend and is suitable for adults who are currently experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues, or feeling socially isolated.

Where

Buxton Fairfield Adult Education Centre
Victoria Park Road
Buxton
Derbyshire
SK17 7PE

When

10am to 12:30pm for 5 weeks
Starting Thursday 28th February 2019


To book a place:

Booking is recommended as places are limited. Please call in at the Buxton Adult Education Centre, or
T: 01629 533 385
E: Brightside@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

Kedleston Hall Trails with Jog Derbyshire (5k or 10k routes)

Jog Derbyshire and Kedleston Hall host a fun and friendly monthly trail run (or jog or walk) around the beautiful Kedleston Estate to raise money for Derbyshire Mind whilst promoting the benefits of outdoor exercise.

For £2 entry you can sign up to do a 5K or 10K route. Registration starts opens from 8:30am and includes a group warm-up before the 10K set off first at 9:00am.

The route starts off with an uphill which allows regular runners a challenge whilst enabling walkers to enjoy the scenery more! Dogs are welcome too.

At the end you can collect your 20% off voucher for the café and relax with other participants.

This event is run by volunteers who take registration, set up markers for the route and lead the way. If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Jog Derbyshire for more information.

Please be aware that if the main entrance gates are closed, an alternate entrance to Kedleston hall is available off Mercaston Lane.

Tai Chi and Qigong for Health, Wellbeing and Relaxation, Derby

Explore and experience a range of health, wellbeing and relaxation exercises and methods tailored to improving mental wellbeing.

You will join a small, friendly group supported by two qualified staff members. During this course you will learn what core strength is and through gentle exercises learn how to develop your strength and flexibility. Participation is voluntary and exercises are tailored to the abilities of the group. No previous experience is required.

This course is designed and delivered by Derby Adult Learning Service in partnership with Derbyshire Mind.

Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

 

Free to attend

This workshop is free to attend and is suitable for adults with no previous experience, who would like to improve their mental wellbeing.

 

Where

Rycote Centre
Parker Street
Derby
DE1 3HF

 

When

7-9pm for 10 weeks
Starting Thursday 17th January 2019


For more information or to book a place:

Booking is recommended as places are limited.
T: 01332 717 900
E: enquiries@derbyals.org

Rebuild and Relax – Matlock

You will develop helpful strategies including communication techniques, decision-making and resilience. Your tutor will support you to develop your confidence and self-esteem, making you better able to relax and take on life.

This course is designed and delivered by Brightside in partnership with
Derbyshire Mind.

 

You will join a small, friendly and supportive group, with support from a tutor who will support you and give you feedback to help you asses your own progress.

Free to attend

This workshop is free to attend and is suitable for adults who are currently experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues, or feeling socially isolated.

 

Where

Matlock Adult Education Centre (The Ritz)
Steep Turnpike
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 3DP

 

When

10am-12noon for 6 weeks
Starting Thursday 31st January 2019


To book a place:

Booking is recommended as places are limited. Please call in at the Matlock Adult Education Centre (The Ritz), or
T: 01629 535 895
E: Brightside@derbyshire.gov.uk

Beat the Winter Blues – Glossop

To lift your mood and spirits, you will learn new skills and take part in activities such as seasonal crafts, walks, cookery for comfort and relaxation.

You will join a small, friendly and supportive group taking steps towards feeling more positive and learning new skills.

This course is designed and delivered by Brightside in partnership with Derbyshire Mind.

Free to attend

This workshop is free to attend and is suitable for adults who are currently experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. No skills are needed.

 

Where

Glossop Adult Education Centre
Talbot Street
Glossop
Derbyshire
SK13 7DG

 

When

1-3pm for 6 weeks
Starting Tuesday 22nd January 2019


To book a place:

Booking is recommended as places are limited. Please call in at the Glossop Adult Education Centre, or
T: 01629 535 895
E: Brightside@derbyshire.gov.uk

Mindful Crafts at Quad – Spring 2019

 

Mindful Crafts is a creative group taking place 1-3pm on the second Monday of each month during Spring 2019 at Quad, on the Market Place, Derby.

Each month there will be a different theme. All workshops will be delivered in a relaxed and supportive environment, suitable for adults to learn new skills whilst improving confidence and self esteem.

These workshops are free to attend and all materials are provided on the day, just bring yourself! You are welcome to bring a bottle of water with you, with other refreshments are available from the on-site coffee shop.

Booking is recommended as places are limited.

Delivered in partnership with Quad as part of their Year of Wellbeing, Derbyshire Mind’s Enjoying Derbyshire project and Step Ball Change.

 

To book:

Call Derbyshire Mind: 01332 623732

Email: enquiries@derbyshiremind.org.uk

 

When:

1:00pm – 3:00pm on Monday 10th December 2018

 

Where:

QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS

www.derbyquad.co.uk

 

What can I expect from the session?

Each session is set out to be welcoming and supportive, with different themes. If you’re not sure about trying something out, please ask a member of staff for more information about what it is to help you decide what you would like to participate in.

January

Please be aware that the January session will take place in a room upstairs, rather than the usual room downstairs. Lifts are available.