Breathing Space is a project for carers of any age in Eltham funded through the Innovation Grant by Royal Borough of Greenwich. Led by Eltham Arts, the sessions will take place at Eltham Library starting in September 2022.
During and post pandemic, social isolation has been greater than normal. The aim of the project is to empower local carers to express themselves, reflect on their connection with others, feel respected and valued and develop strategies for self-care to positively influence their wellbeing.
Through creative weekly sessions we will foster a playful and safe space for listening and honest conversation to take place to build respect and trust. We will explore our emotions and ways of sharing our feelings and build a breathing space to destress. In turn, we will recognise personal qualities, strengths and interests, all contributing to a sense of wellbeing and self-worth.
Improving and developing our physical health and wellbeing has lifelong benefits. How we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional wellbeing. We will learn what wellbeing is and why it is important to look after ourselves. Through different artforms we will experiment, notice and reflect to appreciate the richness of the extraordinary within the ordinary.
At Eltham Arts we design projects to ensure that anyone in the community can access irrespective of their age or background. Our artists have an extensive skill set and experience working in a range of community settings with a variety of groups in both co-creation and collaboration.
Participants of Breathing Space will contribute to a printed outcome that not only promotes the group to other carers but documents and celebrates the project with interactive activities for other carers to improve mental health far and wide in the borough.
If you are a carer in Greenwich Borough and would like to participate in this project, please click HERE to fill the form.
If you are a carer in the borough, we would love to discuss the project with you over a coffee morning on 28th July 2022.