On Monday 16th February a group of us ventured out into the cold weather to see the newly opened exhibition at the Museum of London - Votes For Women.
The exhibition was really well set out - with lots of interesting pieces from the Suffragettes struggle, including original medals and jewellery. We watched a few films containing footage of protests and even interviews with family members of the Suffragettes. We also had time to enjoy other parts of the museum, including the famous fat burg from London’s sewers!
In total 9 service users with 1 member of staff (me!) and 1 volunteer went along. It was a lovely day out and we enjoyed a nice lunch and chat together. Many of the attending service users had not met each other – and found out they had lots in common, which was great to see.
Here’s to more trips out in the future.
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!