Ex-Rehab Staff Launch New Art Club

Two ex-Broadreach staff, made redundant by the recent closure of the Plymouth treatment centre, have launched a Mindful Art Club at The Brook Inn, Plympton.

Artists Peggy Melmoth and Emma Sprawson were part of the support team at Broadreach House Addiction Treatment Centre, Plymouth, offering a number of activities to the resident clients, including arts and craft workshops. When Broadreach House closed, due to a lack of funding, in July 2019, Emma and Peggy decided to bring their combined skills into the community to offer mindful art as a way to manage anxiety and stress.

Peggy said, “Do you know when you enjoyed art as a kid, without judging your ability or results? We get together for 10 minutes of mindful meditation, then we have a coffee and a chat, and do some art, just for fun.”

Emma commented, “At Broadreach I used to run mindfulness sessions and art workshops for the clients. Then we had the idea of combining both things at once.”

Emma is trained in counselling, mindfulness, acupuncture and Indian head massage, and is a practicing artist offering multi-media artworks and personalised commissions.

Peggy is qualified in clinical hypnotherapy and is also a practicing artist offering watercolour paintings, personalised cartoon portraits and logos for small business. She is currently studying for a counselling qualification.

These easy-going art sessions aim to help you to deal with anxiety, stress and daily worries, and they are run on a ‘pay what you feel’ donation basis.

Mindful Art Club is every Wednesday at 10am at The Brook Inn, 33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, PL7 1NJ Plymouth, Devon. The sessions are friendly and informal, so just grab a coffee and join in.

At a recent session there were eight people in the class, who described the experience as, relaxing, therapeutic, “me-time”, inspiring, colourful, energising, rejuvenating and “a good form of self-care.”

You can find out more information about the club at www.Facebook.com/MindfulArtClub

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