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Social prescribing at Bath

Improve your mental health and wellbeing with our supported art, gardening and exercise programmes.

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing offers a non-medical alternative, or addition, to mental health support. It recognises that our health and wellbeing is not just a medical issue, but something that is also affected by our social and economic situation and our physical environment. It therefore enables healthcare professionals to prescribe social activities to improve mental health and wellbeing. Our social prescribing programme connects students to groups and activities that aim to improve low mood, reduce loneliness and social isolation and help manage anxiety.

What can I do?

We currently offer three social prescribing opportunities for students:

  • Museums Inspire creative group
  • Prescription for Exercise
  • Gardening for Wellbeing

Our three courses are all fully funded and there is no cost to students.

Please note you can only sign up for one course at a time.

Museums Inspire creative group

When: Every Wednesday, 2.15pm to 3.45pm, from 3 November to 10 December
Where: The Holburne Museum, Bath
Duration: Six weeks

This friendly, supported group is designed for students who are struggling with their mental health or feeling isolated, and who are interested in making creative connections.

Run in Partnership with the Holburne Museum, each week you will be guided through fun and simple creative activities inspired by objects from the Museum's wonderful collection and exhibitions. This latest course takes particular inspiration from the Holburne’s unique exhibition of Portraits by Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s and display of photographs by Sunil Gupta.

Spending time making and creating with other people can help us to manage stress, anxiety, low mood, social isolation and loneliness. No previous art experience is necessary - just curiosity and a willingness to have a go.

Prescription for Exercise

When: Available from November – dates and times arranged to suit each student
Where: Campus / Sports Training Village
Duration: Eight weeks

Prescription for Exercise (PfE) is an eight week programme designed to help increase motivation and alleviate low mood. Exercise has been shown to help reduce signs of depression as well as increase motivation. This programme is designed specifically to support students who are struggling with ongoing low mood and low motivation.

During this eight week programme you will receive access to the Sports Training Village, have three individual sessions with a personal trainer, and be supported by an “exercise mentor”. Alongside this, you will meet with a wellbeing adviser at the mid and end points of the programme to help monitor your mood and address any concerns that arise during this time.

An exercise mentor is a friendly face to support you during the programme. They will join you for an activity once a week, helping you to find activities you may want to try and encourage you to continue exercising during and after the programme. You personal trainer will offer bespoke guidance, advice and support throughout the duration of the program, and help you identify and work towards your gym and fitness goals.

The sessions will not necessarily need to take place inside the gym. We use all indoor and outdoor areas of the Sports Training Village, and it is important to us that you feel comfortable in the environment you will be exercising in. The programme caters for gym users of all abilities from complete beginners to intermediates.

Gardening for Wellbeing

When: Gardening for Wellbeing will be back soon. This course usually runs every Saturday, 2pm to 4pm
Where: Cotswold House Garden, on campus
Duration: Four weeks

Gardening for Wellbeing runs every Saturday in partnership with Bath Mind, for students who are struggling with their mental health or feeling isolated or lonely.

Over the four weeks, you will learn a range of gardening skills, from maintaining a vegetable patch and growing plants in the greenhouse to making unique planters and garden crafts. Activities vary depending on the weather and season!

You will have the opportunity to enjoy the wellbeing benefits of gardening and being outside in nature, such as reducing stress and anxiety and improving your mood and sense of wellbeing. You will meet new people in a supportive outdoor environment, and have the chance to make new friends and connections.

How do I book onto a course?

If you would like to access any of our social prescribing courses, please book a wellbeing appointment.