Comic Relief to Fund Womens Group

We are pleased to have been granted new funding to offer mindful art sessions to any Plymouth women in need of support.

The Comic Relief Community Fund offer help for projects that are in line with their theme of Mental Health Matters. These are projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

This funding will allow us to deliver 12 weekly mindful art groups at The Sunflower Women’s Centre. The issues being tackled are social isolation and poor mental health. We address these problems by using creative activities to make it easier for clients to engage in meaningful conversations.

The Sunflower is a trauma-informed women’s wellbeing hub, providing opportunities for any woman who has support needs.  Women receive support in addressing and resolving substance abuse, childhood trauma, criminogenic behaviours, domestic violence or poor mental health. The centre offers a range of therapeutic activities, accredited programmes and practical support in a safe, nurturing, substance-free and valuing space for women to move from their pasts, develop their skills, regain their self-worth and go on to flourish and thrive. The Sunflower Centre has over 500 registered service users.

Mindful Art Club will offer these women peer support for common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. New friendships are formed in our groups which combat social isolation, and we will also teach new skills such as how to use mindfulness and art for self care.

We would not have received this funding without the generous help and support of the staff at The Sunflower Women’s Centre, and the funding advisors at POP. POP ideas is a service delivered by POP+ and Iridescent Ideas CIC that provides advice for small, large, new or established voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Plymouth. 

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If you’d like a place on one of these groups after the current lockdown ends, you will need to register with The Sunflower Women’s Centre and ask to be added to the waiting list for Mindful Art Club. Their staff is limited during lockdown, but you can leave a message at 01752 977614 . Groups at The Sunflower Centre are small, socially distanced, and organised with a number of Covid-19 safety measures in place. These sessions are permitted by current law, as support groups.

Here’s what some of our previous clients at The Sunflower Centre have said about us:

“I have found this group very helpful in my recovery. My biggest problem is ISOLATION. So to have this group is a lifeline. I also struggle with substance misuse, although, (thanks to help), I am clean and sober. It is nice to have a space that is non-judgmental where we can check in and connect.
I love art anyway, and find it very relaxing and engaging. But it’s so much more therapeutic to do it with others. Many thanks.”

Anna (Shared with permission).

New in 2021: Free Online Course

Want to learn to practice relaxation exercises, and art for self-care?

We are looking forward to working with Devon Recovery Learning Community in 2021 to deliver a new six week course, on Zoom.

This recovery college is provided by Devon Partnership NHS Trust to support mental health and wellbeing. Their students are people with experience of mental health difficulties, their family and friends, and the professionals who support them.

Each session of our new course includes five minutes of guided mindfulness, five minutes of mindful drawing, a simple art project, and the opportunity to chat and relax.

‘Doodle Your Recovery’ gives people the opportunity to share their feelings, practice mindfulness, create art, relax and chat. This course:

  • Improves mental health
  • Improves social connection
  • Teaches new skills (relaxation exercises and art for self- care)

We start with a ‘check in’ to see how everyone is feeling. There is no obligation to speak if you don’t want to. This is followed by some guided mindfulness, then a simple art project e.g. drawing Zentangles or paisley, or making a greetings card.

We end the group with a ‘check out’ to share how everyone is feeling after practicing mindfulness and making art.

This 6 week, online course starts on Thursday 14th January, then 21st and 28th January and 4th and 11th February.

Places are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment: Doodle Your Recovery Online.

How to Make a Gratitude Tree

We recorded a video of this project for our clients at The Harbour Centre, which is a drug and alcohol treatment service in Plymouth, UK, where we run a weekly mindful art group.

Watch now to find out:

  • How can gratitude make you feel happier, and nurtured?
  • What is the value of gratitude in recovery from addiction?
  • How can you end the day on an upbeat?

Join our Create Your Recovery Facebook group.

Watch our Facebook live stream every Monday and Wednesday at 10am.

Now we’d like to hear from you. Do you have a gratitude practice? What do you do? How does it affect your life? Share your tips in the comments below.

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.)

New: Create Your Recovery!

Are you breaking free from your addictions?

Are you in recovery from substance misuse?

Ready to recover your more creative side?

Our new Mindful Art Club could be just what you are looking for.

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.

This new class takes place on Fridays, 1.00pm – 2.30pm, starting on Friday 14th February 2020.

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

Cost: £2.00 per session.

We start with a “check in”, and ten minutes of guided mindfulness meditation. Then we do an easy art project and chat. All art materials are provided.  Read more: What Happens at The Club?

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