Next week we will be focusing on mental health and the positive effects of spending time with others; the opportunity to talk, laugh, learn, share challenges and connect with people in the local community.

Many different things affect our mental health, from the effects of the pandemic, energy bills, the cost of living crisis to world issues. In addition, loneliness and isolation impacts many and is a major cause of mental ill health. This in turn makes people feel more isolated and less able to engage with everyday life. We’re here to help people find ways to break that cycle and begin connecting positively for their health.

During the week, the Centre team will help build awareness about mental health.  Visitors will learn how to access the right support, use self- care techniques and become involved in groups and activities that will lift spirits and improve low mood. Here is a taster of the many things on offer.

Monday
10.30am – 12pm: Walking group for mental health

Wednesday
10.30am – 12pm: Carers coffee morning
12.30pm – 2.30pm: Explore session – crafting for mental health

Thursday
10.30am: drop-in coffee morning (Bengali primarily spoken)
2.00-2.30: Mindfulness for mental health

Friday
12pm-1pm: LGBTQIA+ friendly coffee afternoon
1-3pm: Card making and chat group session
1pm: Outdoor Zumba for everyone.

Get involved

Sessions are open to everyone, please contact connect@bbbc.org.uk, call 020 8709 9700, check What’s On or come and visit.

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