Mental Health & Wellbeing

FACE Forward is a service that provides free health and wellbeing courses to residents of the Knowsley area and beyond.

Since we started in 2015 we have welcomed over 1000 students through our doors who have participated in courses.

All of our courses are co-designed and co-delivered by volunteers and people with lived experience of mental health issues. By doing this we aim to empower the people in our communities to play an active role in generating better health and wellbeing outcomes for themselves and future generations.

We aim to provide person and community centred health approaches that enable the people in our communities to live healthier and more fulfilled lives.

FACE Forward offers both social and educational prescribing to help alleviate symptoms of poor mental health that complements medical interventions provided by GPs or mental health services. Social and educational prescription is an extremely important and effective way to combat some of the personal, social and economic issues that can lead to poor mental health.

We are continually expanding our mix and breadth of courses to make our services more accessible to as many people in our communities as possible.

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in and supported this successful partnership and look forward to welcoming anyone new who wishes to engage with the project.

Apps and IT for Wellbeing

1–3 Hour sessions, for as many sessions as its required

Learn how to use a computer or improve your IT skills which can help reduce the everyday stresses of day to day life in many ways.

Whether you would just like to set up an email account or learn how to shop online, Computing for Beginners as well as Digital Skills courses are aimed at supporting individuals with little or no experience with computers.

There are many apps available to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing so why not come and learn how to access them.

Our tutors are also trained in supporting people through the rigours of making claims for Universal Credit, and registering and bidding for properties on property pool.

The Art and Well-being Project

2 Hour sessions, 8 sessions

Learn about the Five Ways to Well-being Framework by participating in art activities in the hope that it can help enhance mental health and wellbeing for the future.

Evidence suggests that creativity can have positive impacts on our overall health and wellbeing; improving mood, increasing self-esteem and boosting confidence.

You do not need to be a skilled artist to participate in these classes. All abilities are welcome.

Aromatherapy

2 Hour sessions, for as many sessions as its required

Aromatherapy is a pure and natural way to find balance in the body and mind, with no side effects provided it is used with care. Come on a journey of smell, use your brain to stimulate positive memories and create new ones whilst boosting your immune system. Learn how truly powerful a tool your sense of smell is, for your benefit.

Aromatherapy aids memory, recall and relaxation physiologically by stimulating the brain and endocrine system. You will make aromatherapy products and learn about the wonderful world of these plants as well as how they are nature’s way of helping us with all aspects of health – mental, physical and emotional!

Learn how to use essential oils safely, have a practical tool to use on a daily basis to support your immune system and give your mind a rest. Tap into your brain’s natural chemistry to help create a healthy positive good feeling for you. Make bath oils, shower gels, shampoo and personalised aromatherapy essential oils just for you to use whenever needed.

Believe and Achieve

2 Hour sessions, 8 sessions

Did you know by writing down your dreams it turns them into goals. Would you like to know how to turn your dreams and goals into plans? 

Through planning and a positive mindset you can take steps forward to achieve your dreams whatever they may be. Our Believe and Achieve course helps you plan the steps to help you progress in life and achieve your dreams and life-long goals by developing a visual image of how your dreams look.

All Sorts of Crafts

2 Hour sessions, Ongoing course – drop in format

Our craft courses include activities such as Card Making, Jewellery Making, and Pottery. Courses provide individuals with the opportunity to make personal greetings cards or gifts for your loved ones. You will have the opportunity to use a range of materials to create artwork and designs.

Opportunities are available to progress to accredited courses.

Creative Writing

2 Hour sessions, 12 sessions

This creative writing course will give you the confidence to set pen to paper by opening your imagination and helping you to find your unique writing voice. Come and enjoy the opportunity to meet like-minded people and enhance your creativity. You will develop your personal writing style as you learn about the writing process. 

This includes how to write characters and dialogue; and techniques for bringing your writing to life whether it is a short story, poem or blog etc. Lots of practical exercises to help you start writing straight away!

Discover yourself through Local/ Family History

2 Hour sessions, 12 sessions

Explore Knowsley and Liverpool’s local history. Enjoy trips out to places of local interest and much more. Discover ancestors and where you came from and learn to use the internet to find that missing link in your family tree. 

Our Local and Family History course is extremely popular with all ages. Discovering your family history can enhance feelings of belonging, create a connection with your roots and improve self-esteem. Progression is available to an accredited course.

Improving Confidence and Communication

2 Hour sessions, 8 sessions

Improving Confidence and Communication sessions are designed for people who may feel they lack the confidence to attend a new class on their own and would like to develop the skills to achieve this.

An introduction to basic communication skills will give you more confidence in many different social situations both formal and informal including; rapport building, active listening, dealing with difficult conversations and barriers to communication. These sessions will be delivered in an informal though informative way.

FACE Forward Through English and Maths

3 Hour sessions, 12 sessions

Improve your English and Maths skills in a friendly and informal environment and gain a nationally recognised qualification at Entry, Level 1 or Level 2.

Our English/Maths courses are designed to be fun as well as improve confidence. Learning takes place in small groups with plenty of peer support and is focused on the individual needs of each person.

FACE Forward Through Flowers

2 Hour sessions, 8 sessions

This course teaches individuals about different floral techniques and how to create unique elaborate floral arrangements using silk, dried, and fresh flowers. Floristry courses are extremely popular and have proven therapeutic benefits.

Focusing on activities such as floristry can be a lovely distraction from everyday stress whilst learning new skills and creating amazing pieces of work that will impress your friends and family. Progression is available to an accredited qualification.

Highway to Health

2 Hour sessions, 8 sessions

Highway to Health is a board game designed to improve the health and wellbeing of families through education and exercise. Our bespoke board game covers subjects such as mental health, nutrition, exercise and the dangers of unhealthy choices. Highway to Health also encourages communication between participants. 

Evidence suggests that when people are enjoying the educational activity they are participating in, information is retained much easier. During the course participants will choose to make their own ‘healthy steps’ and monitor their progress each week. Highway to Health can be played as either a one off session or a 6 week course where subjects are discussed in much more depth.

Improve Your Mood with Food

2 Hour sessions, 8 sessions

Did you know that some foods and drinks can actually help improve your mood?

Our Food and Mood course explores the relationship between diet and mood whilst also educating on how you can still prepare and cook a healthy balanced diet on a small budget.

Music

2 Hour sessions, duration TBC

Research has shown that music has a profound effect on your body and mind. In fact, there’s a growing field of health care known as music therapy, which uses music to heal.

Those who practise music therapy are finding a benefit in using music to help people with many different illnesses and generally improve mental and physical wellbeing. Why not come along and join in even just to sing or bang along on the bongos!

Tai Chi

2 Hour sessions, weekly

Tai Chi is a non-competitive martial art known for both its defence techniques and its health benefits. As an exercise, it comprises gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness that advocates claim help alleviate stress and anxiety.

It has been shown to improve balance control, fitness and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls in older people. It can also reduce pain and the symptoms of depression.

Refresh Your Mind (Mindfulness)

2–2.5 Hour sessions, 8 sessions

Mindfulness: a big word for a really simple process: stay present in the moment! We experience this when dancing or laughing then when we stop, all of a sudden thoughts of the future or past flood in and we rush back headlong into everyday life. Let’s learn some really simple tips to bring us back to the moment.

Science now shows a calm mind lowers blood pressure, aids concentration, improves problem solving and even allows the immune system to work better.

Healthy minds equals healthy bodies.

Understanding Me

2 Hour sessions, 8 sessions

Our Understanding Me course is designed to boost self-confidence and motivation as well as identify strengths. Understanding Me will encourage people to work towards personal goals and assist in making informed life choices.

This course will also help people understand the principles of assertiveness and present a positive image. Understanding Me also helps people to analyse and understand their own mannerisms and behaviours which can help people battle mental health or addiction issues.

Volunteering

6 Hour sessions, 1 day

Volunteering with FACE Forward is an excellent way to gain experience in many different areas of mental health by getting involved with education, health and activity groups. Volunteering and helping others not only helps personal recovery and well-being but provides an opportunity to gain an insight into many different career opportunities.

People with lived experience of mental health issues are able to provide invaluable peer support for mental health sufferers and offer them hope in the knowledge that they are not alone. An accredited course is available. All expenses for volunteers are reimbursed.

To find out more or to enrol on our course

Enrolling on a FACE Forward course could not be easier. You can either phone Alex on 0151 443 5400 or Barbara on 0151 443 5399 to find out more about our courses and where and when they are delivered.

Alternatively you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter and keep an eye out for information about new courses.