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recording what seems like progress

within my journey to a grounded, centred, happier place i know i have often written about the difficulties and issues that make life difficult and make me unhappy.  today i am pleased to be sitting down to record the small things of late that have been feeding into me feeling happier.

i think the recent improvements began as a result of watching the mind over marathon programmes.  in a section of the programme,  the coaches talked to the runners about visualising the finish of their marathon.

Jan's Journey So Far

I was introduced to The Learning Curve through Campbell Page in Trowbridge. I was on the Work Programme. James gave us an introduction to the Mental Wellbeing Project and I signed up to be a research volunteer. After the initial assessment, I was eligible for the 5 week Creative Crafting course at the Melksham office.

reflecting after session

the sun is out, i have a cup of tea and biscuit, we've been out in the wood and i feel happy about how it went.  time to reflect about the session to record it and any new thoughts at this time.

my plan to have no plan went well.  two of the group said they are used to being well planned and they both reflected how they had relaxed when coming into the session today because they know i'd be taking care of things.


later today we're going into a wood and exploring a forest bathing inspired walk.  this morning i have a little bit of pre-walk nerves.  i've fixed the broadband, emptied the dishwasher and waiting for coffee to brew.  i need something to do to keep my nerves focussed and in check ... time to write a blog post about the planing i've done for this afternoon.

Navigate update.

Hello Everyone,

I hope all are keeping chins up as we head towards the final phase of the research.

Our DIY tutor has been on long-term sick since February which threw a bit of a spanner into the works luckily our gardening tutor stepped in and has managed to keep our heads above water.

Our referrals are generally a steady trickle but  we have been doing a bit of outreach and this has proved to be bonus providing a well needed injection of learners.

The end is only the beginning.......

Our confidence and self-esteem course has finished today in Calne. However, this is just the beginning for this group! Even by the mid-way point of the course, volunteers were supporting each other outside of the course by meeting up and texting/phoning.

small steps

i'm continuing to make small steps as i journey through my grief over maybe.  earlier this week there were days where i experienced the depression.  i'm pleased to say today  i'm now experiencing the up turn and i'm starting to feel optimistic again.

yesterday was a really good day.  an evening event for an ongoing work project was preceeded by catching up with a friend who is a supporter of the forest school for men idea.

Mental Health Awareness Week

We have promoted our 6th May Event Day ( to celebreate MHA Week ) on a paid Facebook advert and have attracted over 600 views in the first day.

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.


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