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Stepping Stones

The Stepping Stones project offers support to people who experience mental health needs, through an exciting range of low-cost courses that vary each term.

“I feel confidence in myself and am more independent after doing the course.”

About the Stepping Stones Project

The Stepping Stones Project enables service users to move into mainstream courses, leisure activities and volunteering, giving them greater control over their lives and renewed confidence and independence. It offers a tailored course programme for adults with mental health needs. The courses offer the chance for people to attend group discussions, look at new ideas, build new friendships and learn new skills.

Stepping Stones courses – autumn term 2020

Online courses, free of charge, starting in September 2020

Find out here how to join Stepping Stones online courses running during the autumn term 2020.  These courses are open to all Harrow residents with mental health needs.  We understand that these are challenging times and apologise that we are not able to run any face-to-face courses at the moment because of social distancing requirements.

All our Stepping Stones autumn term courses will now be offered free and online using Zoom video conferencing with tutor guidance.

Please note that you will need to have the technology required to access these courses; a smartphone, iPad/tablet or computer/laptop with Wi-Fi internet access for Zoom video calling so that you can view our tutors teaching a live class. 

You will also need to have an email address so that we can send you a link to join the class.  You will need to download Zoom first to your device to be able to participate.  In the pre-group session we will show you how to use Zoom so that you can make the most of the course.

The autumn 2020 Stepping Stones online courses on offer are:

Yoga for Men and Women

Mondays and Thursdays 11.30am-1.00pm

You will be taken through gentle stretches to relieve stress, breathing techniques to promote calm, yoga poses to improve posture, and periods of meditation and relaxation.

Tell Your Story Through Photography

Mondays and Thursdays 3.30pm-5.00pm

A fun Digital Photography course designed to enhance creativity and mental wellbeing with your camera. Meet other learners online and share your photo journey from fun photo projects.  One week will include video.  This course is suitable for learners who have attended a Beginners or Next Steps course. You will need a digital camera or smart phone.

Doodle Art for Wellbeing

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10.00am-11.30am

A course where you will learn to translate complex shapes into simple line drawings using logic and creativity.  Doodle Art helps to reduce anxiety, improves focus and boosts memory.

Stepping Stones to Confidence

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12.30pm-2.00pm     

A brand new and exciting course which will equip you with the tools to build your self-confidence and resilience.  Topics will include developing assertiveness, managing stress and anxiety, improving sleep and nutrition.  It will help you to set goals for your self-development, whilst gaining insight and support from one another.

These online courses run over an 8 week period.  There will be a pre group session the week before courses start from 21st September and a post group session the week after the courses end.  It is important that learners attend these sessions.  The courses then commence from 28th September and 5th October until November 2020, and will include two sessions of 1.5 hour long each week for 6 weeks, followed by the post session.

How do I join Stepping Stones online courses?

Step 1: Email us your course preference choices as soon as possible

At: SteppingStones@mindinharrow.org.uk with the following information:

  • Your full name.
  • Your first and second choice of course preference.
  • Please let us know if you would like to do one or two courses.
  • Have you completed a Stepping Stones course with us before?
Step 2: Enrol on Stepping Stones online courses via Learn Harrow
  • Please click on webenrol link listed below the course you wish to join to fill in the online enrolment form to be redirected to the Learn Harrow website.
  • Once you see the course you wish to enrol on, click on ‘Course information’.
  • Have you registered for a course before?  Sign in using your previous password if you remember it, or click ‘Forgot password’ and they will email you a link to reset it.
  • Not registered yet?  Then please click on Sign up.
  • Please note that you do not have to fill in the section ‘Why are you interested in doing this course?’ unless you wish to.
  • You may register for up to two courses, but first please check that you can make the commitment to attend them.
We will then confirm whether we can offer you a place on your chosen course/s.  This will depend on the number of applications we receive.

Yoga for Men and Women

Mondays and Thursdays 11.30am-1.00pm

Tell Your Story through Photography

Mondays and Thursdays 3.30pm-5.00pm

Doodle Art for Wellbeing

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10.00am-11.30am

Stepping Stones to Confidence

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12.30pm-2.00pm
Step 3: We will contact you to confirm your place

We will let you know which course/s you have been successful in enrolling on.  Please note that we cannot guarantee any places, even after completing a Learn Harrow online enrolment form.

We will try and ensure that all applicants get a place on at least one online course.  If there are places left we will try and offer you a place on a second course, if you have requested this in your email to us.

For any enquiries please call Gita: 07940 003354 or Tracey: 07940 002977 or email us at SteppingStones@mindinharrow.org.uk

 

“My anxiety has disappeared.”

“It was great to meet new people. It brought me out of my shell.”

90%

of learners felt they have made new friends and acquaintances as a result of participating in a Stepping Stones course

95%

of learners felt the Stepping Stones project helped them to meet their personal goals

85%

of learners felt more comfortable being with other people as a result of the Stepping Stones course

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