On Friday 3rd August, we had a day trip to the seaside - in Margate. At 9am sharp 48 service users and 4 staff & volunteers set off by coach to enjoy a hot sunny day on the beach.
During the day people did some shopping, enjoyed the beach and had a fish and chip lunches. In the afternoon staff and volunteers escorted some service users to the Turner Gallery, which is on the sea front. It was a relief to be in the air conditioned buildings as well as enjoy the art on display!
On the journey back into London, the talk was around what everyone had been up to – including tales of paddling in the sea to cool off!
Overall, everyone seemed to enjoy this day out, making new friends and shared memories. For HNG staff, it’s always worth the hard work to hear the laughter and see the smiles of volunteers and service users. Most importantly everyone made it home safely
Thanks to some Lif funding we were able to offer the trip to over 55’s for £5, opening up the opportunity to attend to all budgets.
Here at Holloway Neighbourhood Group, we are interested in the links between physical and mental health. Many of our service users said that they would like to participate in Pilates, so we decided to run some pilot classes. We encouraged people who experience mental health issues to give it a go, and overall 33 people attended. We asked participants to complete questionnaires at the beginning and end of the 6 week course, and the results were fascinating.
75% of participants recorded a decrease in their anxiety levels, 79% said that the class improved their mobility, and 64% said that they felt happier. One attendee commented that the class was “Very strengthening, centering and therapeutic”.
The results were so impressive that The Arsenal Foundation have kindly agreed to support our classes for the next year. They take place on Mondays, 1.30 to 2.30 pm at the Old Fire Station, and are free of charge. The class is suitable for people of all abilities, and you don’t need to book ahead.
So, come on down to our friendly community centre to join a class that is proven to help with stress and anxiety, and to generally lift your mood.
Lucy Bingham, HNG Chief Executive
Great to have had the Almeida here at the Old Fire Station talking to our senior ladies about they experiences as mothers and daughters. And lovely to have them here again today giving the ladies an update about the new play they are writing as a result.
We are also really looking forwards to our visit to see the play being performed!
All abilities welcome!