Ways to Unwind!

“Crocheting is an opportunity to relax and unwind: or is it?”

Studies have shown that the hand movement used in crocheting can help keep the mind calm and distracts the brain from the stresses of life.  And in this weeks skills sharing session I know for some of our members they would wholeheartedly agree with this. Yet equally for a few the learning process left them a little wound up at times. From grappling firstly with untangling the wool, and then getting to grips with the crochet hooks, and interlocking loops.  Nonetheless, as they persevered it was then hugely gratifying to witness their progress.

I was left feeling super impressed by everyone who had a go, and for those who shared their skills, with unwavering patience. We are back next week to continue the relaxing and unwinding process, with a few inspired to bring in some knitting needles too.

If you wish to know more, or come along and have a go then please get in touch

“I’ve Got Mail”

“Sharing Skills and Connecting by letter”

Today we have so many ways to connect and share our life events. In partnership with a local primary school some of our members and staff have been connecting by putting pen to paper to engage with local children. Sharing this skill is helping us all to reconnect with the art of letter writing and is helping the children to further develop their writing skills. Being able to express and share how school is going for them is a delight to hear about. Their questions to us demonstrates their wish to learn about others too. Such a skill takes practice, time and patience, and can be easier for some than for others. We are glad to be on this learning journey together and look forward to our replies.

Get in touch if you wish to be part of it.


“Laughter brought in our New Year”

“Sleeping Beauty at the Carriageworks” 

Last week some of us enjoyed the uplifting funny and entertaining Sleeping Beauty Pantomime at Leeds Carriageworks. From the comments afterwards it sounds like it was a huge hit with plenty of feel-good moments.

“It is the first time I have been to a pantomime and I really enjoyed it”

“What a start to my year, it was brilliant”

“I really enjoyed it, it was good fun” 

“I just got into it, it was great”

Image Credit: The Carriageworks Theatre

Places of Support; if needed, over the Holiday Season

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“Christmas can be a great time for catching up with family and friends, celebrating and having fun. It can also be a time of stress, money worries, family tension and loneliness. Many people feel pressured to have a ‘perfect’ time at Christmas, especially as we’re surrounded by adverts and social media telling us how wonderful everything is.

For people already dealing with mental health problems, the challenges of the festive period can sometimes make things feel worse” (MindWell website: 20.12.19)


12 days of #Christmastoolkit 
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