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Remember the simple things that give you joy.


Remember the simple things that give you joy.

Instagram challenge

Looking for some creative inspiration and a way to share some positivity whilst on lockdown?  We have the perfect challenge for you!  Tag your Instagram photos with #BWDAL so we can share (click the PDF icon on the right to find out more).


If you don't have an Instagram account you can email pictures to and we will share them on our account.

 Lockdown Instagram Challenge

  Click here to see all the tagged photos so far!

Julie's virtual world tour

Julie's Virtual World Tour

One of our ICT and Employability Tutors, Julie has combined her love of travel with some great photography and multi media skills to produce a beautiful montage of places she has visited.  Although we cant travel right now we can join her from our sofa!  How many have you been to?

Get growing!

Get Growing!

Spring is a great time to learn some new horticulture skills.  Whether you have a garden, yard, doorstep or windowsill you still have space to have a go at growing something. 

Growing plants and vegetables can lift our spirits when times are tough.  Seeing life evolve and caring for something are good for wellbeing and nature has a calming influence.  Check out our step by step guide to growing plants from seed here.

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Plants in Boxes

Want to connect with with nature?


Our good friends from Lancashire Wildlife Trust have some great ideas for both adults and children who want to  connect with nature on their Youtube channel.

30 Days Wild (June 2020)


Thousands of people have signed up for the Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild campaign. Each day has a "random act of wildness" to benefit your health, wellbeing, and the planet. Download your free pack from

The Guardian wrote about the campaign here.


In the garden with Chris

Join Chris for a look around the Bank Top Community Garden.

Find out more about how wildlife and nature can help with our wellbeing:


Lynette's upcycling craft ideas
New video - Plant pot cats!, 1st June

Our very own Lynette guides you through some of her favourite upcycling and craft ideas that  can be done at home. Upcycling is a great mindful activity that can enhance your home and give you that sense of achievement.

If you missed any previous videos, they are all in her playlist.​

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Zentangle with Jackie
Follow along as Jackie draws a relaxing Zentangle pattern every day! New videos will be added to the playlist.

Visit to find out more.​


Also, check out the Ornation Creation group on Facebook. The Files link has outlines to print.


Apps to help you relax, sleep and keep positive

Here's a good list of free apps which have been recommended by the NHS:

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Book folding

As many of you know, we love to upcycle old books to create something new. Join Jackie out in her garden to make a bookfold hedgehog and mouse. It's easy when you know how!




NEW! 11th May - we've now uploaded videos of all our favourite origami projects. Click the images below or see the full playlist.

Origami is great fun, for adults and kids alike. You don't need many resources - plain or scrap paper is fine. To start off, watch Jackie show you how to make an origami heart.

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For more ideas visit or check out this excellent booklet [PDF] by OrigamiPulse.


Mindful Breathing

Take a deep breath in and a long exhale out – feels good, doesn't it? Try this mindful breathing exercise video to help you feel more calm and present.

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