Health and Wellbeing - Minster rd Group

Ref: C3670751

The course teaches non-invasive therapeutic skills in massage (fully clothed); mindfulness techniques to improve focus, calm the mind, develop patience, respect and benefit health and well-being. The course teaches students simple exercise to aid flexibility, mobility, co-ordination and balance. Learning about healthy food choices, tasting and evaluating new food experiences and exploring different cultures and practices offer the opportunity to develop a broader knowledge of different cultures and tastes. Developing communications skills verbally and through British Sign Language (BSL) offers student the opportunity to socialize and communicate in ways that include equality and diversity within the classroom for all. The course is run in a friendly environment where friendship and teamwork is encouraged.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to health and well-being through the practice of mindfulness, therapeutic skills, simple exercise, healthy food choices, learning about different cultures and developing communication and socializing skills which can be used to develop self-esteem, confidence and respect for self and others.

Who is the course for?

Closed group

What topics will this course cover

Mindfulness practices in meditation, movement and therapeutic techniques to promote health and well-being for all. Learning non-invasive massage (fully clothed) to develop mutual respect and learn the benefits of relaxation. Learning about the benefits of being active (mentally and physically); includes learning simple and individually adapted exercises. Learning the benefits of healthy food choices, where appropriate tasting and evaluating new and familiar foods and exploring where food come from and about different cultures that grow the foods. Developing communication skills to aid socialization skills, build friendships and promote teamwork.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Communicate and listen to others verbally and through the use of basic British Sign Language (BSL) during group discussion time. Perform mindfulness practices and maintain focused attention during different tasks thereby recognising the benefits to personal health and well-being. Perform guided therapeutic massage (fully clothed) to develop respect for self and others and to aid personal relaxation. Perform simple individually adapted exercises which will benefit balance, co-ordination and flexibility. Identify healthy food choices by gaining knowledge of where and how food is produced. learning about different cultures and where appropriate taste and evaluate new and familiar foods.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Initial assessment is completed with each student and/or through carer/volunteer at the beginning of the term. Health Assessment is completed at the beginning of each term to assess student's needs (ILPs can be changed at any point if health and/or students needs change). Feedback is continual and verbal feedback is given during and after each task by tutor and through peer review during therapeutic massage. Feedback from students is encouraged after tasks to ascertain the benefits they have gained or difficulties they may have experienced. Students are encouraged to try new experiences. ILPs can be adapted according to individual needs to encourage learning, progression and success. Mid-term assessment is completed through discussion with individuals and as a group. Mid and End of term asssessment is given as part of the ILP (verbally to those who cannot read and through basic signing for some students).

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

All equipment sis provided by the Centre or the tutor.

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

The course is aimed to teach and provide students access to information, techniques, skills and experiences that will benefit their health and well-being, promote respect, tolerance, equality and diversity whilst exploring their own needs and those of different cultures. Each student is encouraged to take skills and knowledge learned into the wider community, share with their family, friends or within their residential establishments.

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Health and Wellbeing - Minster rd Group Course Outline


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