Bright Side: free friendly courses 

Free courses across the High Peak and into the Derbyshire Dales to help you take the first steps to feeling positive through learning new skills. Develop your confidence in a friendly environment.

Bright Side courses are normally 12 hours long, spread over a few weeks. They deliver a rich variety of practical and hands on skills, such as outdoor and creative activities, cooking and relaxation all in a friendly setting. These free courses are available for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties, or emotional or psychological distress. One in four of us go through this at some time in our lives. People can join Bright Side as an individual or through a support group.

New Pottery course starting in Ashbourne on Monday 4th June 2018.

For more details on this course and a range of other courses, please click on the links below.

For more information on Bright Side, please email: [email protected] or tel: 01629 536569.

Pottery in Ashbourne


When: Starts Tuesday 12th June for 6 weeks 10am – 12 noon

Where: Gardens at Charles Street, central Glossop (opposite the Library)

  • Learn how to bring a garden back to life when the weeds have taken over!
  • Learn how to spot which plants are weeds and get rid of them, dig over a bed, make choices about what crops to plant, and to make slate signage.

We are hoping to have a trip out to an established community garden or garden centre. We will finish the course with a pizza-making party in our fantastic clay outdoor Pizza oven.

The course is free to anyone who is experiencing emotional difficulties, psychological issues or mental health issues or who is socially isolated as part of DCC’s Bright Side programme.

Adult Education are planning to run accredited gardening qualifications from their Adult Education site in future, so Bright Side learners could gain the confidence and be able to progress to a hobby or future career.

For more information on this course, please contact Rachel Harman ([email protected])

For more information on othe courses available, click on the link below.

List of courses