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Online Masterclass - Resilience for veterans

Online Masterclass - Resilience for veterans

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 12:34

We CAN'T always control what happens to us We CAN learn to be resilient

A new, free, online masterclass in resilience exclusively for Somerset military veterans, reserves and their families, including people living with PTSD, launches on Wednesday 29 September. The inspirational, informative and interesting masterclass is funded by the NHS. Designed and led by Bernard Genge, former Royal Navy medic, trainer, coach and published author, it will help you:

• Take control of excessive worrying

• Become more decisive and confident

• Respond more effectively to challenges

• Adjust to life outside the military

• Prepare for the next unpredictable event that comes along.

Reactions and responses will be explored. Practical, easy-to-use tools will be shared that can be very helpful in everyday life. There will be time to reflect and try out new techniques. All in a safe space, with the opportunity to connect with people who have similar experiences.

The course will run fortnightly for around 1.5 hours each time, over a total of 17 sessions. Former service people will be in one group; families in a separate group. It would be really helpful for everyone who signs up to attend the first session as this gets you thinking about how resilient you currently are; thereafter, you can choose to join specific sessions if you wish. Please spread the word to anyone who could benefit.

While in the Royal Navy Bernard served before, during and after the Falklands conflict. Being a medic made him very interested in helping people develop their resilience to cope with challenges. Since then he has run over 100 marathons, completed the ironman triathlon, trekked across the Namib Desert, cycled across Vietnam, from John O'Groats to Land's End, through Europe and helped build a community school in Tanzania. For the last 13 years he has managed a not-for-private profit social enterprise learning and development company.During the coronavirus pandemic he set up a voluntary phone buddy service for elderly and vulnerable people in his local community.

Bernard looks forward to warmly welcoming you and supporting you to improve your personal resilience. To book a place on the resilience masterclass:

• Login or register on Somerset Recovery College website – visit https://somersetrecoverycollege.co.uk/login/ OR • Call the Somerset Recovery College admin team on 07342 063 735

For full course outline and any queries, please email Bernard: bernard.genge@gmail.com

See launch notes above.

Emergency Preparedness talk by SCC

Mon, 04 Oct 2021 17:00

Somerset's residents are invited to sign up to free, interactive online training with emergency responders and volunteer organisations throughout October, organised by the Somerset Prepared partnership.

The fourth annual Resilience event starts with live talks on Monday 4 October and aims to help communities become better prepared for emergencies as well as looking at wider preparedness measures that anyone can take.

Anyone who registers will receive an information pack, event pack and weekly emails signposting to videos and toolkits on a variety of subjects. Interactive training sessions with national training provider Communities Prepared are on offer, alongside live online presentations from emergency and community organisations, as well as national flood resilience expert Mary Dhonau.

As well as the online training, face-to-face events include an open evening for Langport and Huish Episcopi Flood Group, and Avon & Somerset Police beat surgeries around the county. Sessions will be led by a range of organisations including the Environment Agency, South West Ambulance Service Trust, Communities Prepared, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Avon & Somerset Police, Somerset Rotary, Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit, Spark, and Community Council for Somerset.

Participants are encouraged to share their experiences throughout October by tweeting Somerset Prepared (@SomersetPrepare) and using the hashtag #ImSomersetPrepared

To attend this free event, people can register their interest and book training sessions on the Somerset Prepared website www.somersetprepared.org.uk.

Somerset Prepared (website link enclosed)


Sun, 10 Oct 2021 13:00

Scrambling event for Winter 2021.

Knowle Hill, Worth
Networking for Somerset Social Enterprises

Networking for Somerset Social Enterprises

Thu, 21 Oct 2021 13:00

An opportunity for social enterprises to meet together, network and share successes, ideas and challenges.

Online via Eventbrite

Wander the Mendip Woodlands Guided Walk

Sat, 30 Oct 2021 10:00

"Have you ever wondered about some of the Mendip ancient woodlands and what lies beneath? Join our Volunteer Rangers who will share their vast wealth of knowledge on the weird and wonderful ecology of the ancient woodlands. You will have a chance to ask questions and learn more about one of the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, our wonderful woodland combes." (Mendip Hills AONB)

5kms, Moderate walking, 4 hours. £5 donation

Book a place on the returning Guided Walks of the Mendips: 10am-1pm. Booking system through Eventbrite through the link below.

East Harptree Woods
Please follow link