Sling walk event
August 13, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid
Sling walk event
An event brought new mums in the hope of reducing social isolation.
According to The Chester Chronicle, more than 20 mums from Chester and the surrounding areas walked 2.5km to raise awareness of the mental health issues new parents face.
The event was organised by MummyYoga and Delamere Forestry Commission as part of the new Mother’s Mental health Matters project (#MMhM).
The project seeks to support women and their families by providing community solutions, such as peer support, in an effort to reduce social isolation.
Emily Evans, a mother who took part in the walk, said: ‘The forest walk was one of the best things I’ve done for myself in weeks. It was wonderful to get outside and stretch, to breathe in the fresh air and forest smells, and to connect with my baby, with nature, and with other people who are on their own parenting journey.’
The Purfleet Trust, a homeless charity, received £1,000 donation boost to their counselling service.
According to The Eastern Daily Press, the money was raised by The Rotary Club of King’s Lynn for the charities One To One project.
The funding will allow the charity to take on three councillors for the next three years and provide 12 hours of counselling a week, as well as weekly group sessions.
The chief executive of the Purfleet Trust, Paula Hall, said: ‘it’s through the generosity of local funders that we are now able to make this a reality, we are already hearing success stories from people who have benefitted from One To One counselling.’
She added, ‘We expect to be able to offer this service to over 50 people a year.’
Charlie, a client from the Purfleet Trust who has already received counselling, said he found the service ‘very beneficial’. He added, ‘I am really grateful for the chance they’ve given me and my counsellor, it’s made such a difference to my life.’
Free online counselling is available for young people in Worcester over the summer holidays.
According to Worchester News, Kooth provides a team of qualified counsellors and support workers, who provide guided and outcome-focused support for each individual.
The online service is accessible though instant chat messaging, but also offers self-helps materials and mood tracking, which are available anytime.
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