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How to be a Mindful Drinker – Free workshops in Exeter

November 15 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Exeter free mindful drinking workshop

We are offering two free workshops as part of a day run by a Good Age in Exeter. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. More details below and you can book for free here.

We all know that getting older can be a challenge – but we also know that by having opportunities to connect with others and taking advantage of all of the different organisations offering a wealth of support locally, we can really help older people to get the most out of life. We want to share personal stories that will inspire and motivate as well as give our local organisations the chance to shine and show off the great work that they do. And as the Drink Wise Age Well service comes to an end, we want to share our learning with as many people as possible.

We want to make sure that the legacy of Drink Wise Age Well goes on beyond the end of the programme in March 2020 – we have worked with lots of different organisations locally who we know make a positive contribution to the quality of life of older people and we want to give them the opportunity to let everyone know what they do and how to access their services. We also want to share some of the lessons we have learnt and help people to feel confident in talking about drinking in older age. Most of all, we want to get away from labels and jargon and emphasise that, at the end of the day we are working with people who may have difficulties due to their age, health, isolation and other factors and by pulling together we can do so much to enrich their lives. We will have a number of short presentations from a range of partner agencies, 4 workshops and a number of information stalls. All refreshments and lunch will be provided.

We will be running 4 workshops simultaneously in the morning and 4 simultaneously in the afternoon so we must ask everyone to select their choices of workshop. Attendees are able to sign up for one workshop in the morning, and one in the afternoon. Workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshops taking place are as follows:

Dementia Friends – how to understand and relate to people with dementia and simple ways in which we can help them make more sense of what is around them. Everyone attending this workshop will become a dementia friend. Facilitated by Mary Sherwood – 4 Dementia Friends

How to be a mindful drinker with Laura Willoughby from Club Soda
Changing your drinking habits can take a bit of work, especially as alcohol is such a huge staple of our social occasions. This fun and interactive workshop will take you through the top behaviour change techniques to help you succeed with your goal – whether you are looking to do a sober sprint, drink more moderately, or join the alcohol-free trend.

The workshop, which includes a tasting session of the best alcohol-free drinks available, is run by Club Soda, the mindful drinking movement.

Working with People Affected by Early Trauma – this is a topic we come across a lot in Drink Wise Age Well and has been an issue in the lives of many people who later develop difficulties with alcohol and other destructive behaviours. This workshop looks sensitively at some of the challenges facing people affected and those of us trying to help them.Facilitated by Hattie Miller, Lead for trauma-based approaches, Drink Wise Age Well, and Fee Scott, CEO Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services

One Small Step to Wellbeing – an exciting introduction to the brand new One Small Step Service that was relaunched on 1st November. Hear what the service plans are and tell them what you would like to see. Facilitated by Bethany Albutt, Everyone Health


November 15
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Drink Wise Age Well Devon


Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel
Queen Street
Exeter, EX4 3SP
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