New academy set to improve health and wellbeing

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Residents in the Ribble Valley can now access a range of free courses to help improve their health and wellbeing thanks to the launch of a new innovative academy.

The Healthy Minds Academy has been formed by a range of health and education organisations to provide training opportunities for residents within East Lancashire to improve their health and wellbeing.

The virtual academy, which is managed and co-ordinated through Lancashire Women’s Centres, has a packed programme of courses that are run in venues throughout East Lancashire. The programme includes:

l Personal development courses to enhance skills for life and build self-esteem

l Therapeutic groups

l Wellbeing programme (cognitive behavioural therapy) run by psychological wellbeing practitioners

l Practical courses aimed at improving home and family life

l Accredited learning courses which lead to the achievement of recognised qualifications

Tracey Arden, Training and Development Lead at the Healthy Minds Academy, said: “The wide range of partners that make up the Healthy Minds Academy are all specialists in a variety of fields and so as a group we are able to offer residents a wide range of courses.

The courses are accessible to everyone and people can self-refer by phoning the Healthy Minds Academy on 07475 480735 or by visiting their GP, who will refer them onwards. Once referred, individuals will chat to one of the team about the courses available and choose the one most suitable for them.