The Furzedown Project’s first ever Wellbeing Day on Friday 1th June, was a great success. We had a wide range of events to address peoples physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.
Mind mental health workshop – The recent pandemic has been a difficult and challenging time for everyone and unfortunately one of the most prominent after effects is the impact it is having on our mental health.
We are working in partnership with Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster to deliver a 2-hour workshop with on how to look after your emotional wellbeing. In this workshop we explored a number of helpful strategies and shared different tools and resources with a specific focus on managing stress and anxiety.
Osteopathy for all – We were happy to welcome Justin and the Streatham Osteopaths Team to showcase the benefits of Osteopathy for the community. As we get older, our spines and our posture changes, which can be detrimental to our health. Osteopathy for older people can be highly beneficial. Osteopathy is well known for its gentle approach, making it ideal for older people. Using a range of massage, stretching, touching and occasionally joint adjustment, osteopathy increases joint mobility, relieves tension, increases the blood supply to veins and tissues, and induces the body’s natural healing mechanism.
Hypno skills workshop – Hypnoskills is a technique used to improve mental wellbeing and confidence. The aim is to achieve a relaxed state of mind, learn how to be more present and train the mind to enhance the positives and eliminate the negatives. It can treat a range of issues including anxiety, insomnia, fear of the future and stress.
The session was led by Kristin Hayward who is a trained Clinical Hypnotherapist with over 20 years’ experience. She works with clients from all walks of life, resolving a wide range of issues quickly and effectively or simply boosting. Many find the sessions life changing, gaining renewed energy, wellbeing, and focus. During the session, Kristin will explain a bit more about how hypnotherapy works and then go through some guided visualisations with the group. Following this we can then offer further follow up sessions to develop your skills in this area.
Introduction to Yoga – The introduction to yoga workshop was delivered by Shirley Trimmer, a YMCA certified personal yoga teacher. She has been practicing Iyengar style, Hatha yoga for over 12 years. Shirley teaches small groups and one-to-one sessions for all skills and abilities. If you ever wanted to try yoga, but didn’t get around to booking a class, this is the session for you!! Everyone is welcome! you don’t need to be flexible to start yoga… Just come willing and receptive…
Line Dancing for Beginners – Sandra Shaw led a line dancing class for beginners. This included simple steps choreographed to country and western music. To help to improve mobility and balance.
Tai Chi Movements – with The Furzedown Project exercise specialist Sandra Shaw, leading basic sequence developed by the British Lung Foundation to improve mobility balance and wellbeing.
Sandra Shaw is a Clinical Exercise Specialist having trained and delivered rehabilitation classes in London Hospitals. Sandra is currently featured on the Royal Osteoporosis Society and the Richmond Group of Charities educational resources. The specialist exercise program in the Furzedown Project has been designed and developed by Sandra and was subsequently nominated for an award.
Healthy Living – Healthy living – what does it mean and how do we do it?An opportunity to explore our lifestyles and discuss how we can adjust our daily living to improve our health and avoid things that can impact on our physical and mental wellbeing with Sue Clarke is a retired physician who has been helping with the vaccination programme in Furzedown
To round off our first ever wellbeing, the disco party was very popular! One of our members, Penny Newman, is a professional DJ by the name of Shadow Sister. Food and Drink was provided, and the cost of the ticket will go directly towards providing more services within the community.
We are looking forward to our talks returning in 2022, if you have any thoughts about what you’d like to hear or could give a talk yourself please let us know.
Way back in 2014 we discussed the possibility of having a couple of talks on topics which might be of interest to our members. We started off with Helen Long, who told us some fascinating stories about the history of Furzedown. Little did we know that three years down the line, they have been a resounding success, proving not only very popular with our members, but also with members of our local Furzedown community.
Topics are based on the interests and skills of our members. We have had over twelve talks on subjects which include: Alternative Therapies, local history, Music Hall and Christmas traditions, Knitting and Crafts, Healthy Eating, Patterns in Asian Culture, History of E & A Wates and the Old Toy Museum.
The talks usually lasted approximately 2 hours, with a special musical talk and entertainment just before Christmas. We’re very fortunate to have a very talented group of members, tutors and local contacts who offer to share their expertise and experience with us.
Below are the posters used for our talks. We have included photos where we can, and we hope it will give you a flavour of the variety of our talks. Please come along when you see a notice in the newsletter or on the website and enjoy one of our talks.