Recovery College through Social Media and ‘Virtual Classrooms

The Somerset Wellbeing and Learning Community (Recovery College) are pleased to announce that they now have a Facebook page. From this page people can join the Facebook group, this is a closed group and membership is dependent on having registered as a student or tutor with SWALC or being a member of Somerset partnership Staff.

There is already a lot of information on the page that may be of interest to you and your clients – a daily live Guided Meditation at 9am by Jade Lucas, a daily Isolation Art Class by Sally Clark, information about “Self Care when the news is terrifying” etc. plus the opportunity to join conversations with other students. We will soon be launching an interactive webinar course on maintaining a mental wellbeing journal through the pandemic and other podcasts and interactive courses are being prepared. From our Facebook page you or your clients will be able to find information on the North Yorkshire Recovery College with whom we are collaborating and sharing resources in order to continue to promote personal recovery based education and support at this very difficult time. We are planning an increasing number of interactive teaching and learning sessions to support everyone with wellbeing and personal recovery.

To access the page go to: 

Please like and join us as well as recommending this to your clients/patients/service users.

 We hope that everyone benefits from the Facebook page and the interactive courses we are starting to make available. The closed group can be of great support for people to feel connected with like-minded others, particularly at this time when things are so uncertain and there is so much that can feel beyond a person’s own span of control.

If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this effort please contact the Recovery College on the SWALC mobile 07342 063735 and leave a message if you get the answerphone.

South Somerset Wellbeing Directory

Wellbeing South Somerset is our local Health & Wellbeing Directory. It features a huge range of local support, including social meet-ups, regular walks, condition-specific support groups, befriending services and even housing and debt services. Visit

Important information regarding changes to Mind services in Somerset.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note all Mind in Somerset services have moved to virtual operations, we are supporting people via phone and online. Our helpline Mindline 01823 276 892 has increased its hours to include 0900-2300h Monday to Friday to offer the community additional support, as well as Saturday & Sunday 2000-2300h

WATCH working in conjunction with SSL

The Watch Project is currently in the process of delivering a series of exciting and informative courses funded by our friends at Somerset Skills and Learning. Covering such subjects as basic cookery skills, budgeting for healthy meals and the 5 ways to wellbeing, there’s something for everyone who is looking to make a positive change in their lives.

Here’s a quote from Michelle who recently attended several of the courses on offer.

|”I attended both the Money Management and the Healthy Food, Healthy Lives courses. With regards to the Healthy Food course –  I wanted to learn more about having a healthy diet and a cost effective way of achieving this. With regards to Money Management –  I have always been happy to budget, but was interested to see other ways to help me improve my financial situation.

I found that both courses helped my confidence and made me feel more relaxed around other people. It also made me feel more confident that I was dealing with things okay. Other people’s ideas also helped me. It was good to be able to talk with others and share ideas.

I would definitely recommend the courses as there is always something more to learn and it is reassuring to know you are on the right track.”

Somerset Skills and Learning are also holding an excellent one day course exploring careers and training opportunities in childcare. You can find the details below.

Chard School Donation


We were pleased to welcome the ‘Watch Project’ to our school assembly today. The ‘Watch Project’ is a charity in Chard which works to support the mental health of local adults and children and is the charity that, as a school, we chose to support this academic year. In assembly the Student Council were delighted to present a cheque to the charity following collections at our Christmas performances last term. Our thanks to the school community for their generous donations to this worthy cause.


Chard School Donation

Once again Chard School have been very generous and have donated £251.70 to WATCH. This money was raised from Christmas events at the school including their Nativity Play.

Thank you so much for your generosity.