The Mindful Art Club are heading to Awenek Studio to host one of our art for wellbeing sessions. This event is free, and there are two parts to the session with options to bring your own packed lunch or just come to the morning or afternoon. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
or text 07931457386 to confirm your space.
THURSDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2020 FROM 10:30-14:00
They have an indoor outdoor socially distanced space but are keeping numbers to five participants morning/afternoon. The Studio is based at Maker Heights, a beautiful and picturesque hilltop location that serves the communities of Millbrook, Kingsand, Cawsand and Cremyll.
Awenek Studio CIC is a hub for all those artistic people or anyone who wants to have a go at the joy of being creative together.
More info on Facebook: Mindful Art Club at Awenek Studio.
Would you like to try mindfulness in your workplace?
Want your staff to feel valued and listened to?
Want to increase staff productivity and reduce sick leave?
It sounds like you are ready to invest in a staff wellbeing event!
Mental health difficulties are the biggest cause of sickness absence in this country (Health and Sickness Executive, 2018). So poor mental health costs employers money. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. But major changes or challenges in life, such as bereavement, relationship problems, having a baby, debt or a workplace restructure may also affect mental health.
On Wednesday 11th March we visited Plymouth Job Centre Plus in Exeter Street, to offer a mindful art club session to the work-coaches, and other members of staff, as part of their wellbeing day.
We started with a brief chat about how everyone was feeling. They were actually feeling quite good, as they had been attending different staff wellbeing sessions all day. We then did a five minute mindfulness meditation, some mindful drawing and then made some collages. The mindful drawing exercise is simply making simple marks on paper with your eyes closed. This eliminates any self-judgement or need to make an image that is “good”. Then we can focus on the feeling of drawing, which quickly produces quite a relaxing sensation. In mindfulness this is called “being in the flow”.
While making collages, staff were able to relax and chat to colleagues they might not have usually met. We received feedback that everyone enjoyed the session and the work coaches were keen to recommend our community drop-in sessions to their job centre clients.
It is every employer’s responsibility to provide a workplace where people experiencing mental health difficulties, major life events or juggling caring responsibilities can talk openly without fear of stigma.
If you would like to offer a mindful art session to your staff, colleagues or service users contact us now to find out more.
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.
Do you, or your colleagues suffer from stress?
Do you work in healthcare or support work?
Could your clients benefit from more mindfulness?
Let us bring Mindful Art Club into your workplace, treatment service or social club!
Last week we enjoyed bringing Mindful Art Club to the TLC group at The Brook Inn. In this case TLC stands for Tea, Laughter and Company. Every Thursday afternoon at The Brook, in Plympton St Maurice, the landlord John, and his staff offer a free cup of tea, some biscuits and like-minded company to anyone who lives alone, or feels lonely. There is sometimes a guest speaker, a game of cards, or a sing along.
We offered this friendly crowd of around 25 people, a short mindfulness meditation and an easy art project; drawing zentangle patterns. Many people there had not tried drawing for years, and had never tried meditation.
That was really relaxing – I almost fell asleep! A lady at TLC
There was a lot of chatting and laughter while everyone had a go at doing some artwork. We had so much fun, and were very surprised to receive a round of applause at the end of the session!
Emma and Peggy can bring Mindful Art Club to your treatment service, workplace or residential home. Drop in to one of their existing classes to find out about this new way to manage anxiety and stress.