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We offer a variety of courses, ranging from half-day sessions to learning experiences of two hours spread over eight weeks. From information sessions that enhance knowledge to opportunities to share and reflect on personal experiences of mental health, we hope we have a course to interest or inspire you.

As part of the college experience, we will be adding graduation events to our calendar. These events will allow us to come together and celebrate students’ achievements.

  • 10 May 2019

    Creative Music Workshops

    Come and join us to explore musical skills together and get creative!

    Absolute beginners with no background in music more than welcome.

    Running over four Friday evenings in May 2019.

    Just bring yourself and an open mind to try something new and a bit different!



    • The Hive

      Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT

    • Tim du Feu and Carla Sayer

    • 6pm - 7pm

  • 15 May 2019

    Introduction to Yoga for Wellbeing

    Designed to be practiced by people of all abilities, all fitness levels and all age groups, Dru is a style of yoga that can be quickly dipped into or learnt in more depth over a lifetime.

    What can I expect from a Dru Yoga class?

    A typical Dru Yoga lesson involves the following:

    1. A short, fun activation and stretches to warm and prepare the body for the sequences or postures (Asanas).

    2. An Energy Block Release (EBR) usually follows.  EBRs are easy and pleasant to do and, when performed correctly, they can dissolve emotional, mental and physical energy blockages.

    3. Flowing postures (Asanas) and/or sequences.  Each posture and sequence has specific therapeutic benefits for the body and mind.

    4. Pranayama or breath awareness and control to relax the body and mind.

    5. Relaxation.  To nicely round off the class, there is 10-15 minutes of relaxation that allows you real time to release pent-up tensions, giving your body a chance to balance and repair itself.

    Regular practice of Dru Yoga can help improve your health and fitness by giving you the tools to deal with the stresses of modern day living.

    • Duns Library

      49 Newtown Street, Duns, TD11 3AU

    • Annette Murray and LIVE Borders

    • 2:30pm - 4pm

  • 15 May 2019

    What is Recovery? (Eyemouth)

    This course explores the fact people with mental health difficulties can and do recover. But what does recovery mean? More importantly - what could it mean to you personally? 

    On this half day course our friendly Personal Tutors will help you explore these questions in an informal group setting.

    You will be introduced to the key recovery principles of Connection, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment (CHIME) and invited to consider these concepts from your own perspective.

    • Eyemouth Community Centre

      Albert Road, Eyemouth, TD14 5DE

    • Eva Taylor and Kirsty Bremner

    • 1pm - 3pm

  • 6 June 2019

    Read your Way to Wellbeing

    This four week course will explore how reading can contribute to recovery.

    Using a variety of literature, we will consider the themes of resilience, acceptance, humour and connection.  Students will be invited to draw  inspiration from characters and stories that have resonated with people living with mental health challenges.

    This course also provides a space for students to consider their barriers to reading and offers participants information and time to plan how to overcome these barriers.

    Read your Way to Wellbeing welcomes everyone, from avid readers to students who are curious about how reading might be able to support their recovery.


    • The Hive

      Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT

    • Bridget Dickson and Kirsty Bremner

    • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  • 10 June 2019

    Understanding Trauma

    Trauma can be defined as a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes mental or emotional problems for a person.  Trauma could be caused by a single significant event or by a person being exposed to harm and abuse over a period of time, either in childhood or when the person is an adult.  Trauma is a normal response to abnormal events, but the impact of trauma can be difficult to live with.

    This course is suitable for students who wish to gain an understanding of trauma, particularly:

    The impact of trauma
    An understanding of different types of trauma
    Common symptoms of trauma
    Positive coping strategies
    Information about services that might be able to offer help to someone living with trauma.

    Please note, although this course is open to students who have experienced trauma, the course does not offer direct support to someone living with trauma and is not a therapeutic intervention.  The course is designed to provide a theoretical overview of trauma and is purely educational.

    • The Hive

      Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT

    • Les Newington and Rachel Fraser

    • 1:30pm - 3:30pm