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MHP Volunteers Everywhere!

What a few weeks for our volunteers on the project. First we had a volunteer who had completed a Creative Crafting course and who now is supporting other volunteers on the subsequent Creative Crafting course. Her supportive and gentle nature has really encouraged a male volunteer to engage with the crafting.

Learning French with Headway

We've recently completed delivery of a Beginners French course at the Headway Unit in East Kent, which has been an amazing experience for all involved.

maybe 2003--2017

this blog post is part of me working through the loss of our family dog, maybe.  

now i've sat to write something i'm a little lost for words.  for several days i've wanted to write something somewhere and i knew today this blog is the place to write this. however what do i now write ?

i have to pause to collect my thoughts and manage my feelings.

 

a derby food fuddle

we met once more last night, one of our group needed to make up hours after a missed session.  it became a rather lovely reflective process as we met with food to share, it was to be my first derby food fuddle.

as we sat and chatted, listened and ate it struck me how far as a group we'd come.  brought together to explore music for well being we had become a supportive cohesive little group.  this was further reinforced when the local bluesky project co-ordinator joined us to hear for herself our stories and experiences.

Darlington's progress

We have added  a new course to our offering - its a beginners German course entitled Wunderbar! so we are hopefull it generates interest. We have also agreed to participate in a Celebration event hosted by MIND of Darlington to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week. This will take place on Saturday 6th May from 11am to 4pm where we hope potential learners will visit our stall and discuss the project and it should be a great opportunity to increase our volunteer numbers.

six six six : how the storey is different

my partner has told me the storey of the huffington duck - it's april fools day and still before midday.  we chuckle and read about the national trust finding a sword in a lake.  

i'd sat down to write about my sixth session, the humour of the day has rather infiltrated my intention.

at the last session we completed our data gathering exercise. slightly longer than before so it made the session a little disjointed.  i've been reflecting about where i am now, having completed six sessions.

Royals launch campaign to get us all talking about mental health

 

Article in The Guardian today about the campaign Heads Together:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/29/royals-launch-mental-health-campaign-videos-get-britons-talking

The link to the Heads Together website: https://www.headstogether.org.uk/ They have some nice short videos with people discussing their experiences of mental health.

Men In Sheds Taster Day

The Blackpool project held their Men In Sheds Taster day in March.

Mental Wellbeing Resources

Short blog today......

Came across the Frazzled Cafe project today while surfing. It's a project aimed at getting people talking about mental wellbeing with the strapline 'It's OK, to not be OK'. They are inspired by their patron, Ruby Wax. https://www.frazzledcafe.org/about/

The project is supported by Marks & Spencers. Currently, 'Frazzled Cafes' can be found at the following Marks & Spencers stores:

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