Welcome to the True Colours project!

To explore our website, click on the black ‘menu’ icon in the top right of your screen.

For a list of upcoming courses, please click here.

True Colours is a vibrant new partnership project that brings together WEA East Midlands, Bright Ideas Nottingham, Making Waves and BME Cancer Communities. It aims to develop a series of short courses on a variety of topics  that will help to improve the mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of those who attend….[READ MORE]

One of the main themes of the project is co-production – suggesting ideas and designing learning together. So we really want to hear what sort of topics & courses you would like to see happen!

Ways to interact with us:

Facebook True Colours Project

Twitter @truecoloursproj

Phone/text – 07989 302571

Email – truecolours@brightideasnottingham.co.uk


All True Colours Learners are welcome to join a number of FREE Workshops!

If you have taken part in the True Colours programme you can except a letter through the post with a list of workshops you may want to attend!


  • Bolly Beats
  • A Guide to Becoming Self Employed
  • Time Management
  • P.M.A – Music and Life
  • Mindfullness
  • Setting up Nottingham’s Black History Society
  • Working with Acrylic Paint
  • Fun and Laughter with Patty Dumplin

And much more!


Healthy Bodies help create Healthy Minds

The importance of health & fitness for a person’s wellbeing, both physical and mental, has been recognised for thousands of years.

The Ancient Greek’s introduced the first Olympic Games around 3000 years ago – these were designed as a celebration of the human body AND spirit.

They also helped to stop hostilities between warring sections of the Ancient World. Truly, health & fitness inspires peace, wellbeing and unity.

In September, the True Colours project is hosting a short course on basic Fitness & Nutrition for Mental & Physical Wellbeing. In this, we will explore topics such as healthy eating, how to prepare and store healthy meals, how to enjoy exercise, how to eat healthily on a budget and basic fitness tips & routines.

If this sounds like something you would like to take part in, please let us know – there ares till places left!!

The course runs on Wednesdays (10am-12.15pm) starting on 16th September and running for 6 weeks.

To book a place, contact matt@brightideasnottingham.co.uk

‘300 Voices’ project – exploring Mental Health

Here is a interesting piece on the ‘300 Voices’ project, which shows the great work that is happening there.

The project explores the experience that African and Caribbean men have when accessing Mental Health services, and shows the positive impact the work is having:


Autumn short courses

We now have over ten short courses running in the Autumn – these are all based on what local people have been asking for!

We still want to hear your ideas though, so please keep letting us know!

For a full list of the courses, visit the ‘Courses’ tab in the menu, or click here.

To book a place on one of the courses, contact Bright Ideas Nottingham on 07989 302571 or 0115 837 9474.

Co-production event


We recently held a successful Co-production event that brought together project partners, local organisation, tutors, learners and volunteers.

The event saw us all explore what co-production means, the values of working together and to sharing our life experience.

Participants at the event took part in several activitiCo-prod3es that helped us share our thoughts, opinions, knowledge and values and also helped shape the future of the project.

There were lots of ideas for short courses and lots of people signed up to attend these, to help plan them or to volunteer on the project as a whole.

All in all, a very enjoyable, positive and worthwhile Co-prod2experience!

Latest course ideas

We have had lots more responses from local people with their ideas about what short courses they would like to see. Here’s a few of the ideas:

  • ‘Being Happy & Positive’
  • History of Sherwood Forest
  • Hands-on (practical courses)
  • Creativity through art
  • Therapy through practical work
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Basic Nutrition for health & wellbeing

Keep your ideas coming in!!

Archaeology courses – coming soon!

We are in the process of setting up a short course as an Introduction to Archaeology. The course will explore what archaeology is and the many ways in which people can get involved in their own local archaeology here in Nottingham.

The course will be led by Matt Beresford, a professional archaeologist who runs MBArchaeology and has undertaken several local Community Archaeology projects in the region.

Topics will include:

  • What is archaeology?
  • How did it start and who studies it?
  • What can the past tell us?
  • What methods can be used to learn about our past?
  • How can we carry out local research of our own?
  • How can we get involved?

Many people think that archaeology is all about digging holes in the ground – but it is far from this! Carrying out local research, using old maps and documents, examining old buildings, visiting sites, looking for signs above ground in the local landscapes, examining artefacts, undertaking surveys and fieldwalking – there are numerous ways to get involved without ever putting a spade in the ground!

We are currently discussing our ideas with local organisations in and around Nottingham, and exploring a couple of sites where we may be able to get involved in some research of our own.

We are also looking at working in partnership with the University of Nottingham Archaeology Museum, where lots of artefacts are stored (and displayed) from sites around the County.

We are aiming to start the first course in September – in the meantime, please let us know if you are interested in the course and what you would like to see covered in it.