Blackpool Sixth has launched the first in a series of podcasts to help support students, staff and the wider community with their sense of wellbeing. The podcast is part of a wider project at Blackpool Sixth called ‘Thrive’. This project is coordinated by a group of students and staff and aims to provide inspiration and resources to boost mental and physical health in these extremely challenging times.
In the first podcast of the series launched today, Dave Williams, Head of Additional Learning Support and Steve Legge, Sport and Enrichment Development Officer, talk about some definitions of wellbeing and describe what the term means for them. They then go on to talk about some strategies they recommend students and others can try out in their own lives.
You can listen to the podcast here:
Or you can simply download the Podbean app to your phone (Apple or Android) and listen on the go. Further episodes in the series will explore further aspects of wellbeing, looking for example at the challenges of life in the time of Covid and at how to use technology in a way that doesn’t lead to anxiety and burnout.
The five key themes of the ‘Thrive’ project are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn and Give. The project has its own portal at https://www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/thrive with plenty of resources already uploaded. These will be added to in the coming weeks and months
The idea behind the podcasts came from Blackpool Sixth’s Route3 Lead, Alex Gardner. Alex commented, “The concept of the Thrive podcast was that I wanted an audio platform that people could listen to that was a change from a screen. The idea is that people can share their own experiences and their tips to support good mental and physical wellbeing. It’s important that we all know that we are not alone and sometimes others feel just like we do.”
We would also like to thank Callum Barnes from our Maths department for his excellent work in editing the Thrive podcast series.