How is this evening different to other mindfulness sessions?
The focus of our work is social connection and support, and the art and mindfulness come second to that. Quiet reflection takes place during the guided mindfulness, but for the majority of the session participants will be encouraged to talk.
As a small grass roots community group, over the past two years we have consistently offered mental health support and social connection to the Plymouth community during these unprecedented challenging times.
69% of mindful art course participants said it had helped them with anxiety.
44% said a mindful art course helped them with depression.
40% said it helped them with another mental health issue.
59% said it helped them with loneliness or isolation.
Participants also reported being helped with physical health, low self-esteem and other issues not listed in our survey.
66% said they had increased their ability to use mindfulness.
84% said they had increased their ability to use art as a self care practice.
(Source: Collected feedback form responses, accessed 04/02/22)
I enjoy the mindfulness and art. As I do art at home it helps my acute pain. The group makes me feel rested and at ease. Emma, Lee and Peggy are wonderful.
Anonymous participant feedback.
We are grateful to our existing grant funders who share our vision of a world where peer support, mindfulness, creative activities and social connection are easily available in local communities. With their support we have helped hundreds of people since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have received funding and support from Devon Mind, The Sunflower Women’s Centre, Comic Relief, Shekinah, The National Lottery Community Fund, High Street Sparks Fund, Devon Recovery Learning Community and Devon Community Foundation.