New Leaf College courses in July - sign up now!

We have lots of FREE courses for you in July! Sign up for yours now at

  • Borehamwood – Daring to Dream
  • Hatfield – Daring to Dream, Living Skills, Understanding Self-Management, Using Creativity for Wellbeing
  • Letchworth – Coping With Pressures of Daily Living, Using Creativity for Wellbeing, Learning for Your Wellbeing
  • Stevenage – Daring to Dream, Learning for Your Wellbeing, Using Creativity for Wellbeing
  • Ware – Learning for Your Wellbeing, Living Skills
  • Watford – Coping With Pressures of Daily Living

New Leaf College Team

Tel 01442 864966

New Leaf 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' Course

Our ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ course runs in Stevenage in the evenings starting 26th April. Book your FREE space now before all the spaces are taken!

Five Ways to Wellbeing - The Healthy Hub, Lytton Way, Stevenage

Mental health should be everyone's business and this course gives practical ideas of how to connect with others; keep learning; take notice and give back. The course helps build on the things you already do and learn new skills. 

This course encourages you to plan ahead and take control of the ups and downs of daily living. 

The course runs in four parts:

26th April
3rd May
10th May
17th May

It will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

To book on this course or any of the FREE courses call 01442 864966 or visit

Child Sexual Exploitation Conference - events in March

A series of half day workshops to raise awareness of the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and men.

For providers and carers who work with support, vulnerable, children and young people in Herts.

We would like to invite you to book on to one of the following events we are hosting in March at Police HQ in Welwyn, the events will be aimed at raising awareness of CSE and will be attended by stakeholders and providers,  we  ask that you book on to the date that you would like to attend using the Eventbrite booking links below (booking via Eventbrite is a simple 2 minute process) as this will allow us to keep an eye on numbers.

We have a guest speaker attending all of the events from the Blast project who specialise in delivering workshops and raising awareness of Male victims of CSE.

Please feel free to contact the CLA and Safeguarding commissioning team with any questions you may have at:

Please note that spaces are limited so we would ask that you confirm attendance as soon as possible.

Booking Links below

  1. Monday 20th March 09:00-12:30 click here to book

  1. Monday 20th March 13:30-16:30 click here to book

  1. Monday 27th March 09:00-12:30 click here to book

  1. Monday 27th March 13:30 -16:30  click here to book



New Leaf - The Hertfordshire Wellbeing College

Could you bring your own lived experience to the new
Hertfordshire Wellbeing College; New Leaf?

‘New Leaf’ opens its doors in October 2016 offering a range of courses to Hertfordshire residents to help support their wellbeing.

The Wellbeing College is built on the Recovery College model which is already in operation in many parts of the UK. It will operate on college principles, be self-selecting for students and solely focused on educational programmes, in contrast with therapeutic services
provided within mainstream health services. The core principles of this model are based on:-

• Collaboration & co-production between people with personal and professional
experience of specific health challenges;
• An educational rather than a therapeutic approach;
• Recovery oriented, strengths-based and person-centred values;
• Inclusivity for people with mental health challenges, their relatives/carers and staff
• Helping people identify and reach their own goals.

All college courses are designed and delivered in partnership with people who have
experience of living with different health conditions. This is to ensure this expert experience
forms part of the curriculum of the college.
We are now recruiting people to be:

• Approved co-producers in helping to design courses.
• Peer Tutors to co-deliver college courses

If you feel you have the skills and experience to bring to this project, either in relation to designing courses or providing training/learning please get in touch now to register your interest!

Payment is available to both course designers and tutors, and we are also happy to provide this as a volunteering opportunity if preferred.
You can register your interest now online at
However if you would like to speak with someone first from one of the partners involved in organising the college, please see contact details below:

James Holland (HPFT) 07770 701543
Sharn Tomlinson (Mind in Mid Herts) 01438 369216 Ext. 204
Melanie Dean (Druglink) 01442 864966
Leslie Billy (Viewpoint) 07505 156109
Sarah Williams (Carers in Hertfordshire) 01992 58 69 69

Spot the Signs - Save a Life workshops 10th Sept

Spot the Signs & Save a Life campaign would like to invite the general public, including service users and carers, for a free 2 hour workshop in Stevenage and Watford on World Suicide Prevention Day falling on the 10th of September 2016. Alongside the workshops, we would like to invite all individuals and organisations to join our online thunderclap campaign (via Twitter, Facebook or Tumbler) to raise awareness and break the stigma around suicide.

Please could you kindly disseminate this to any individuals you feel would be interested. If you would like to advertise our workshops/ online media campaign, please do not hesitate to use the attached posters. The focus of our workshops will be to bust myths, signs of suicide and depression and to advise of the referral process in Hertfordshire. Individuals can sign up to our workshops via Eventbrite.



Venue: The Healthy Hub, Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1LZ

Time: 10:00am – 12:00noon


Venue: Wellbeing Centre, 501 St Albans Road, Watford, Herts, WD24 7RZ

Time: 14:00pm – 16:00pm

You can sign up via Eventbrite or email

Social Media

You can join our thunderclap campaign by visiting Tweet us or keep up to date on the day by following our hashtag #SpottheSignsWSPD16.

Spot The Signs, Save a Life is a Hertfordshire suicide prevention campaign, launched by Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust working in partnership with Mind in Mid Herts and Hertfordshire Mind Network – to find out more about this campaign please click here                           

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Charuni Perera, Project Co-ordinator: Spot The Signs, Save a Life Campaign, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, 99 Waverley Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5TL

Mobile Number: 07789 747275         

Email:  (Working Days: Monday, Thursday, Friday 8am – 4:00pm) 

Please visit this website to learn more about suicide prevention:

Fully funded classes for your service users

Don’t miss out on this funding, book before Christmas!!


SMILE can now offer the below four programmes to your service users for FREE! These programmes are being offered fully funded in partnership with Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service. You can book onto any of these for a group of up to 10 people by emailing


Read more here.

Be Mindful

Be Mindful Website




Everyone's talking about mindfulness. Follow this online course and experience for yourself the life changing results that the practice of mindfulness brings.

If you really want to change your life and open up opportunities, learning to practice mindfulness is one of the most dramatically effective things you can do.

Practising mindfulness is a mind-body approach to life that helps us to relate differently to experiences. It involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings in a way that increases our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices.

It's free to start the course and it's easy-to-follow with step-by-step guidance throughout. In as little as 4 weeks you'll be rewarded with mindfulness skills that'll last a life-time! 

GIRES Gender Variance e-learning course



The Gender Variance e-learning course, developed and funded by the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES), is available to use on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) website.

This resource is designed to help GPs respond to the needs of adults and young people experiencing gender dysphoria.  The numbers of trans people presenting for medical help are rising rapidly with waiting lists for access to specialist providers growing longer.  The mental health of those unable to access treatment is likely to deteriorate gravely. GPs have a crucial role in providing appropriate medical care, leading to very positive outcomes.

The course will also enable all trans people, including those who are non-binary or non-gender, to engage positively with their GPs when seeking medical help.
GIRES is immensely grateful to the RCGP and the many individual contributors to this project.

The resource can be accessed here:

This quick link should take the learner to the summary page of the course and if they select ‘Start Gender Variance’ the page will route them through to a login page – if the learner is not registered with the eLearning Platform they are given the option to register for free after which they will be able to access the course (free of charge).  Although the registration form asks for GMC or NMC number this is not a required field and can be left blank allowing any one to access the course.


Special Offer Free Courses available for volunteers who support improvements to Health and Social Care!

NHS England Pilot: Special Offer Free Courses available for volunteers who support improvements to Health and Social Care!!!


Who is the offer for?



·         Patients/carers/public voice representatives who are involved with NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups of other healthcare organisations

·         Voluntary and community group members involved in health and social care

·         Healthwatch staff and volunteers

·         Patient Participation Groups

·         Other interested individuals

What are the courses?

There are three free courses on offer, all offered by a Department of Health funded partnership called “Engage for Change”. You can choose ONE of the courses to take part in.

1.    “Understanding the Health and Social Care Environment” (UHSCE) is a course exploring the stakeholders in the current health and social care environment. Course participants will learn about influencing change and undertake a practical project as part of the course. 

2.    “Facilitation and Engagement in the Health and Social Care Environment”(FEHSCE) is a course covering the engagement of seldom heard groups, facilitation skills.  Course participants will have to plan and carry out a practical engagement exercise

3.    “Using Data in the Health and Social Care Environment” (UDHSCE) is a course focusing on key terms used in data, and where to get data to support a case for change, and course participants will have to plan a report and find data to back it up on the health and social care subject of your choice.

The courses are delivered online, courses 1 and 2 above also have a face to face assessment day.  The six attachments above have more information about EACH course and a separate REGISTRATION FORM for each course.

NHS England is running these courses as a pilot to assess their usefulness for those involved in supporting participation in healthcare and NHS England’s work. For this reason we ask all learners to commit to attending an evaluation day after the courses to give their feedback. This will take place on the 15th December 2015.

Application process and criteria:

·         Applicants should already be involved in some volunteering activity in the health and social care field and should be interested in developing their participation skills

·         Please be sure to complete the right registration form the course that you are interested in.  You can fill in the interactive pdf form, save it and return it to us. You should do this in Adobe Reader.

·         Applications should be returned to Alice Williams:

·         You can only apply for ONE course.

·         Deadline for applications: Friday 4th September 2015.

·         Start Date for all courses: Tuesday 15th September 2015

·         If you are applying to do the Understanding the Health and Social Care Environment course (UHSCE), you must be able to attend a face to face assessment on the 8thDecember 2015

·         If you are applying to do the Facilitation and Engagement in the Health and Social Care Environment course (FEHSC), you must be able to attend face to face assessment on the 9th December 2015

·         There is no face to face assessment for the Using Data in the Health and Social Care Environment course (UDHSCE)

·         All course participants must also be available to attend an evaluation day onTuesday 15th December 2015

·         Travel and accommodation costs for the face to face days and the evaluation day will be covered.

Please apply early as places are limited and if the course becomes full we will close to further registrations prior to the given deadline. Places will be given on a first come first served basis but as this is a pilot and we are interested in having a wide diversity of participant backgrounds, we reserve the right to limit participant numbers form individual organisations.

What will I gain from these courses?

Accredited by the Open College Network of Yorkshire and Humber, the result for learners will be to gain a 3 credit level 3 module which is roughly that of an “A” level. This can form part of your CV or resumé. The courses will also provide an excellent way to meet other people working or volunteering in similar fields and give you practical experience.

How are these courses assessed?

Over 12 weeks you will be expected to complete about 30 hours of study, which will be delivered online. For the UHSCE and FEHSCE courses you are also required to attend a full day in London at the end of the course to present your learning. For the UDHSCE course there is no end day, the course is entirely online. Participation in all courses for this pilot also necessitates all participants attending a full day evaluation session in London on Tuesday 15th December 2015.

What will this course cost?

There is no charge for this course, however we ask for a £50 deposit cheque from each learner to secure their place on the course. This will only be banked in case of non-completion of the course, otherwise, it will be returned on completion. If this prohibits you from taking part, please contact us.

If you have any questions, please contact Alice Williams. t:  07500124113

Managing Anger - A Mind in Mid Herts Course

A 6-week CBT course in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, supported by an experienced and qualified facilitator.

The topics will include:

  • Understanding anger and how it differs from other mood disturbances
  • Learning how to accept, tolerate and change difficult emotions
  • Developing strategies to effectively manage anger.


Tues 30 June - Tues 4 August

10am - 11.30am

Free Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City



Course Outline


Telephone: 01707 326065

or email:

An introduction to working Systemically with Couples and Families


Mind In Mid Herts

Mind In Mid Herts

The course will be an opportunity to learn about skills and techniques used in family / couple therapy but also relevant to working with individuals.

Develop skills in engaging people in conversations and dialogue that are enabling. In particular we will look at solution focussed brief therapy and appreciative models of therapy. We will use the experience of the group participants, to create a context, for mutual learning and collaboratively develop skills and techniques for on-going practice.

The course is designed for: parents, carers, students, teachers, managers, professionals and all those who would like to find out more about systemic thinking and practice, whether for career purposes or out of general interest.

What will you gain from the course?
• a new/different way of thinking - moving from a focus on individuals to an ability to think about families and networks of relationships
• translating new ways of thinking into action/practice
• Understanding the importance of patterns from previous generations and the influence on family dynamics
• an opportunity to think and talk about: social difference - gender, race, religion, class, culture, age, abilities and sexual orientation within a diverse and multicultural society

The Course Leader:

Sharn Tomlinson is a UKCP registered Systemic Family Therapist and trainer.  She works at Mind in Mid Herts managing the psychological therapy service which is funded by The Wellbeing, part of the joint commissioning team. Sharn has experience working in the NHS both with children and adults, as part of the mental health team, as a Family Therapist.  Sharn has an MA in teaching, training and supervision and has taught Systemic Psychotherapy at Post graduate level on a master’s programme at the University of Bedfordshire and Relate.

Time:      6 to 9pm Wednesdays starting on 1 October 2014 – through to 10 December 2014
Venue:   The Wellbeing Centre, Stevenage
Fee:        £240.00 for people outside Mind in Mid Herts - Free to volunteers and staff at MiMH

Tel: 01438 369216
email: or