It’s now one year since the first coronavirus lockdown. This Facebook Live was our first attempt at offering our creative mental health sessions online. We hadn’t yet learned to use Zoom! Since then we have continued to support mental health and combat social isolation with socially distant groups, outdoor retreats and online sessions. There is a rich archive of 45 videos on our Facebook page if you want to try mindful art at home, for free, at any time. We offer creativity and company to anyone struggling in the Plymouth area, in Devon, in these difficult times.
In this video Peggy reads out live comments from people reacting to their very first day in UK lockdown, and viewers share different experiences of their first socially distanced Mothers Day.
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As lockdown begins to ease we are able to start two new support groups next week, bearing in mind the ongoing restrictions.
Sunflower Women’s Centre
On Monday afternoons we are starting a small, socially distanced group for four women at a time, thanks to new funding from Comic Relief. These will be at The Sunflower Women’s Centre, 29 Sutherland Road, Plymouth PL4 6BW. To secure your free place on a six week mindful art course call The Sunflower Centre on 01752 977614 and leave a voicemail, asking to be put on the waiting list for Mindful Art Club.
The Clipper, Union Street
The Clipper is Omnium Radio’s Community Hub, at 65 Union Street, Plymouth PL1 3LU.
We will be holding weekly sessions at The Clipper from 9.30am to 11.00am every Friday thanks to Community Sparks Funding from Stronger North Stonehouse. These start on Friday 19th March and you can come to one session at a time, rather than committing to a six week course.
We will be holding the first couple of sessions as non-booked sessions, however bear in mind under current COVID rules we can only have 15 participants in the support session. We will adjust any rules along with COVID restrictions changes. You must bring your own food and drink, and face mask during current guidelines. Once guidelines are eased, The Clipper cafe will be open for refreshments.
Listen to Emma’s interview on Omnium Radio to find out more about this new group.
We also continue to offer Zoom on Tuesdays funded by your individual donations.
Mindful Art Club:
- Improves mental health
- Improves social connection
- Teaches new skills: mindfulness and art for self care
To find out about when our next online courses and real life groups are launching join our mailing list now. As a thank you for joining, we’ll instantly send you a mindful colouring bundle with meditative art activities inside, to try at home.
Are you wary of support groups?
Do you hate people looking at you?
Dislike feeling pressured to speak?
We get it.
Listen now: Trace Jared-Davis and Emma Sprawson talk about why Mindful Art Club is different, and why social connections are now more important than ever. You will also learn why you don’t need to be Van Gogh to join in with this art club.
This interview was first broadcast on Omnium Radio, Plymouths Community Radio on o5th March 2021. The full interview is below.
The new group launches Friday 19th March 2021.