Wellbeing Day 2022
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.
Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster delivered a workshop on how to look after your emotional wellbeing.
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 – 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 session was led by Kristin Hayward who is a trained Clinical Hypnotherapist with over 20 years’ experience. Many find the sessions life changing, gaining renewed energy, wellbeing, and focus. 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 and teaches small groups and one-to-one sessions for all skills and abilities.
Line Dancing for Beginners and Tai Chi Movements – Sandra Shaw led a line dancing class for beginners which included simple steps choreographed to country and western music to help to improve mobility and balance. She also led a Tai chi session with a 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?Sue Clarke is a retired physician, she discussed how we can adjust our daily living to improve our health and avoid things that can impact on our physical and mental wellbeing.
Disco Party – 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 went directly towards providing more services within the community.