A HOST of new groups has been set-up across the district to boost people's wellbeing this winter.

Activities catered for range from walking to crafts and writing.

The initiative is being spearheaded by the MyWellbeing College, in conjunction with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust's Champions Show the Way service.

College manager, Gayle Porter, said the groups could prove invaluable in raising people's moods.

She added: "By encouraging and helping people to get out socialising and keeping active it can really improve mental wellbeing, help with relaxation, teach new skills and reduce feelings of loneliness – especially during the darker months."

The MyWellbeing College – run by the care trust – already offers various projects, from online sessions which people complete at home to group courses designed to help participants manage stress and anxiety.

The college is open to anyone aged over 16 registered with a GP in Bradford, Wharfedale, Airedale or Craven.

Catherine Jowitt, who manages Champions Show the Way, said: "I am delighted that through working with the MyWellbeing College we are going to help even more people to get out, learn skills and make new friends.

"A lot of members that access our different groups have said how much of a difference it has made to their lives.

"The new groups can support people who may not feel like they want to attend or complete a course, but instead just need a boost to their mood or wellbeing."

For more details and to join a group or enrol on a course, visit bmywellbeingcollege.nhs.uk or call 0300 555 5551.