Wellbeing Recovery Programme being run from February 2022 to 2023

Its been a tough few years. That’s why we’ve created our weekly Wellbeing activities on Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm. Do you need to get out of the house ? Would you like to meet new friends whilst doing an activity or a craft? Want to learn something new ?- It’s all free, just drop in, no booking required. Whilst you’re here, why not stay for a cuppa and a chat in the café area and make use of our free book exchange club.

Wellbeing Recovery Programme for May

Tues May 3rd – 10am Drop-in/Crafting, Gardening Club, 11.30am Lunch – 1pm Chair Exercises

Tues May 10th – 10 am Glass Making Workshop, 11.30am Lunch – 1 pm Chair Exercises

Tues May 17th – 10 am Drop-in/Wellbeing Healthy, 11.30am Lunch – 1 pm Chair Exercises

Tues May 24th – 10 am Holistic Sound Bath Therapy, 11.30am Lunch – 1 pm Chair Exercises

May 31st – 10 am Kooth Mental Health Support Stand, 11.30am Lunch – 1pm Chair Exercises.

Please contact our well being coordinator Carol (0191 386 3356) for further details.

Chair exercises are a lovely introductory light seated exercise activity with Simon Taylor, who is a personal trainer who offers a wide variety of exercise types. There is medical evidence to show that moderate exercise boosts your immune system. It is our aim to develop future sessions and activities to include other interests that our participants may have. Do let us know if you’re interested in any specific crafts, or activities.

Wellbeing is about feeling good about yourself ! Our year long programme aims to help you banish those mental blues and loneliness whilst taking part in fun free activities.

The Association has been successful in receiving funding of over £10,000 to support our Tuesday Wellbeing Recovery Programme. We are grateful to the Corporate supporters shown below:

Durham Area Action Partnership have granted us £6,638

Durham Community Action have granted us £524 from the Community Buildings Fund and £2,156 from the Community Hubs Development Seed Fund.

believe housing granted us £1,000

First Wellbeing Open Day was successfully held on 16 November 2021

Tuesday 16 November was our first Wellbeing Open Day at Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Centre. Trustees wanted to find out information from local residents about how we could help them to recover from loneliness experienced during Covid. Leaflets about the event had been distributed by our local Councillor Mark Wilkes and trustees.

We combined the first Open day with a charity event to raise money for Pudsey bear (Children in Need), raising over £300.

It was a really successful day and everyone who attended was friendly and open about why they were there. The event was supported by NHS professionals, representatives of supportive charities, centre trustees, centre staff and volunteers. There were many good suggestions expressed by the people who attended.

Refreshments were prepared by Framwellgate Moor WI who also served them – the cakes were very good. This was welcome when people were able to sit down over a cuppa and a cake and have a chat with others who were there.

All in all, a good start to the trustees plan of gathering information which will ensure that the Wellbeing Recovery Programme (starting in February 2022) is a success. The pre-planning was led by trustees and assisted by Carol Callum, Assistant Centre Manager.

More Open days followed on Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm. During other Open days the charity we will be supporting is Macmillan nurses. Many residents dropped in for tea/coffee or a warm lunch. We enjoyed seeing them there.

Questionnaires were completed by people who attended the Open days – below is a summary of their responses

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