Get Support: Improve Your Life!

Yesterday Emma and I enjoyed visiting The Mannamead Wellbeing Hub; part of a network of neighbourhood hubs, connecting the local community to information and activities that support their wellbeing. They also work in partnership with a range of organisations in the city who can provide additional health and wellbeing support.

You probably already know that being more involved in your community can be good for you, and that joining a group or club and connecting with others can improve your life. But it’s not always easy to know where to go, or how to get started. The Community Advisor at the hub can help.

Wellbeing Hubs Aims

  • To improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for local people
  • To reduce inequalities in health and wellbeing
  • To improve people’s experience of care 
  • To improve the sustainability of the health and wellbeing system

Community Advisor

The Community Advisor is based at the Mannamead Wellbing Hub and provides advice and support to local residents in Mannamead, Higher Compton, Hartley, Peverell, Mutley and Eggbuckland (south of the parkway) to help them engage in the community and to improve their wellbeing. Support can be provided in the following way;

  • One to one advice sessions
  • Identifying and achieving wellbeing goals
  • Connecting to activities and services in the community (like Mindful Art Club.)

If you want to be referred to the Community Advisor fill out a quick form on their website.

If you want to try Mindful Art Club just come along to one of our drop-in sessions. No need to book.

Featured in Plymouth Chronicle

We are happy to be featured in The Plymouth Chronicle this month (March 2020). However, please note that our Monday venue has changed its name since this was published. ‘The Pig Bar and Grill’ is now called ‘Jack n Mols’.

The Plymouth Chronicle is delivered door to door, in four local areas, to 90,000 homes per month.

The article describes why we started Mindful Art Club, and also reports that we have received National Lottery funding to start an art group at The Harbour Drug and Alcohol Service.

Our unique combination of mindfulness and art promotes mental health and wellbeing. If you would like to offer a mindful art club to your clients or employees please get in touch with Peggy and Emma.

Well-Being Pop-Up Shop

Have you been meaning to come along to Mindful Art Club?

Are you busy in the mornings and would prefer an afternoon?

Would you like to try the group for free?

This well-being pop-up shop is just what you are looking for!

1.30pm Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 65 New George Street.

Seetecpluss are a company that help people with health conditions and/or disabilities back into work. They have been running a pop-up shop in the town centre since 12th February 2020. At the moment they are currently running a wellbeing Wednesday where they have invited people to join them for a walk, make over or creative activity.

Next Wednesday 26th the creative activity will be Mindful Art Club with Peggy Melmoth and Emma Sprawson.

New Group: At Harbour Centre

Thanks to the #NationalLottery Community Fund we were able to launch a mindful art club at The Harbour Drug & Alcohol Treatment Service yesterday.

Peggy, Emma and Julie Howes, (Harbour).

We started with a “check in”, and ten minutes of guided mindfulness meditation. Then we helped ourselves to coffee and tea (included). For the rest of the session we did an easy art project and had a chat. All art materials were provided.  Read more: What Happens at The Club?

To see the kind of art work we create have a look at our Facebook page. The idea is to focus on having fun, rather than judging your artistic ability.

Create Your Recovery is for people in recovery from alcohol dependency or other substance misuse, and is offered at the reduced rate of £2.00 per session, thanks to our funding from The National Lottery.

This new class takes place on Fridays, 1.00pm – 2.30pm.

At: Harbour Drug & Alcohol Services, Hyde Park House, Mutley Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6LF

Cost: £2.00 per session.

Not ready to come to a class in person? That’s OK. Grab some free mindful colouring pages here.

[Listen] Porter’s Playlist

This relaxed interview with Peggy and Emma is 52 minutes long because there is lots of chatting and a few tunes, so when you’ve got time, grab a coffee and some mindful colouring, get comfortable and have a listen.

  • What happens at Mindful Art Club?
  • Why do they do it?
  • How did Emma and Peggy meet?
  • Plus: World Exclusive – hear a song that Peggy has recorded, called Cardigan.

Ferndale Community Radio is an online based community radio station operating out of the Ferndale Community Hub in Plymouth. They are on the air 24 hours a Day 7 days a week. Get the App for easier listening.

Mike Porter’s playlist is on every Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm and you can text song requests to Mike at 07451223412 (Free Text in the UK for use during the shows.)

[Listen] MAC on BBC Radio Devon

BBC Radio Devon Breakfast show host, Caroline Cook, asks:

  • How does a mindful art class differ from any other?
  • Why did you want to help recovering addicts and alcoholics?
  • Do you have to be good at drawing to join in?

At the moment we have three weekly classes in Plymouth.

(Edit: Since this interview was recorded The Pig Bar and Grill has changed it’s name to Jack n Mols, 133 Armada Way – Monday group.)

Not ready to come to a class in person? That’s OK. Grab some free mindful colouring pages here.

[Listen] Art Club on the Radio

It was great to get a mention on Ferndale Community Radio on Tuesday 28th February, thanks to Mike Porter. Find out:

When do we meet?

What do we do?

Do you need to be good at art?

Listen now:

Ferndale Community Radio, FCR for short, is an online based community radio station operating out of the Ferndale Community Hub. FCR is dedicated to providing information and entertainment to the local communities in and around Plymouth, while also being open to entire UK and other countries. 

You can listen to Mike Porters Playlist with co-presenter Steve from 3pm to 5pm every Tuesday.

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