The RISE Project

Every Friday from 29 September to 15 December 2017

The Bridge is bringing women together for a new project that will support them to achieve balance through a choice of free activities.

Stay all day or just come along for a bit. There is no pressure, take part in as much or as little as you want.

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Every Friday from 6th October to 24th November, 10.00 - 12.30, and an optional full-day session from 10.00 - 16.00 on 11th November

We will also be holding an introductory session on Friday 29th September at 10.00 - 11.00. Come along to find out what mindfulness it all about and sign up!

Places are limited, must be able to commit to most sessions and a 30 - 45 minute daily practice at home

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing awareness to our experience. It is a natural skill which we can develop through training our minds with simple and straightforward techniques which include meditation practises. Cultivating mindfulness can reduce stress and increase clarity of mind and a sense of wellbeing. It can enhance a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment, stability and peace of mind.

Mindfulness provides the skills to step out of autopilot and out of the stream of chatter in our heads so that we can choose to explore life afresh. It brings an enhanced sense of the world around us and leads us to be less judgemental and more compassionate to ourselves and to others.

Over thirty years of scientific research have shown that practising mindfulness can bring a wide range of physical and psychological benefits.

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Every Friday from 29th September to 15th December, 14.00 - 16.00

It is well accepted that the arts help balance our emotions and can produce feelings of wellbeing. The group meets on a weekly basis from 2-4pm on a Friday afternoon. There is no expectation to produce wonderful art but rather to take part in ‘the doing’.

We work using the art materials and sometimes use music too. As this is a therapeutic wellbeing approach there is no teaching but rather an understanding that all is accepted and valued. Each member of the group is free to explore using different materials as they like. In this group there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’. It is about the process rather than the end product. There will be time towards the end to share thoughts about art work etc but there is no pressure to join in this.

The group aims to encourage a sense of togetherness, offering a safe supportive place where feelings such as happiness, inadequacy, exhaustion, despair, celebration can be explored in a safe environment. etc. Sometimes, if wanted, experiences of childhood are shared in the group. The essence of the group is wellbeing of mind, body and soul. Each group member is important - ‘the group is yours, you are the group, we are all the group’. There is no analysis or delving just respect and acceptance.

Here are some comments from women in a previous group:

‘When I first found the art therapy group I was a bit confused as I was so used to helping and fixing other people that I forgot I was broken/exhausted myself. I found myself being able to talk freely among other mums anonymously, and share things that I’d have otherwise buried in the abyss.

‘In the group we have learnt to let out our feelings in constructive ways actually giving you freedom to play with ink, paint, clay. Reminding us that we are allowed to just Be. It is enlightening and opening up doors I’d closed years ago’.

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Every Friday from 29th September to 15th December, 11.00 am - 13.00 pm

Volunteer your time and help the cafe team to put together a healthy and nutritious lunch for the group.

In 2008, The New Economics Foundation (NEF) did extensive research into "feeling good and functioning well" and set out 5 evidence-based actions to improve personal wellbeing. One of the "Five ways to wellbeing" is GIVE.

Giving could be to do with your time and skills or your participating in social and community life. As well as being rewarding, volunteering creates connections with other people and can help to build real life skills.

The Bridge wants to encourage volunteering to help you gain practical skills for life and work, as well as building on some of the key messages within wellbeing. There will be opportunities to be involved in all stages of cooking, from prepping ingredients to the final plating up. You will have a chance to learn about healthy food alternatives and to help out in a working kitchen.

Once the food has been prepared, you will be welcome to come together to eat what you have created along with others who will be joining us to eat the lunch you have made.

Cooking projects are something we have done previously at The Bridge, but we are looking to expand this throughout the RISE project and see what we can learn and create together.

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Every Friday from 29th September to 15th December, 13.00 - 14.00 pm

Sit down and enjoy a healthy and nutritious lunch with good company.

No matter if you take part in the cooking or not, the lunch aspect of the day is a great opportunity for everyone from all activities to come together and share a meal. Whether you're trying a type of food that you have never tried before, making a connection with a new friend, or just enjoying the chatty, vibrant atmostphere, there is something for everyone.

The lunch is timed so it does not overlap with any other activity, therefore no matter what else you want to try out during the day, you can still take an hour out to enjoy the lunchtime offerings from The Bridge Cafe.

Some of the meals you might get a chance to sample are Caribbean salmon with a pineapple salsa, a traditional Polish soup, sweet potato and halloumi salad, and many more!

All dietary requirements will be catered for. Just let us know and we will make sure that there is something there for you.

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Every Friday from 6th October to 15th December

Tru out a variety of fitness classes, such as pilates, yoga, zumba and more! There will also be plenty of opportunities to exercise in our wonderful women-only gym space.

Fitness class schedule:

  • 6th october, 14:30 - 15:30, yoga
  • 13th october, 10:00 - 11:00, pilates
  • 20th october, 14:30 - 15:30, zumba
  • 27th october, 10:00 - 11:00, dancercise
  • 3rd november, 14:0 - 15:00, pilates
  • 10th november, 10:00 - 11.00, yoga
  • 17th november, 14:30 - 15:30, tai chi
  • 24th november, 10:00 - 10:50, circuits
  • 1st december, 14:30 - 15:30, boxing
  • 8th december, 14:30 - 15:30, yoga
  • 15th december, 10:00 - 11:00, yoga

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Occasional Friday's from 13th October to 8th December

Presentations and conversations about different healthy living topics.

There are so many different things that contribute towards a 'healthier you'. If you're interested in learning more about healthy eating, how food affects your mood, how to maintain your health as you get older, and much more, these presentations could be for you.

Presentation schedule:

  • 'Healthy Living', 13th october, 14.00 - 15.30
  • 'Your weight & you', 3rd november, 11.00 - 12.30
  • 'Blood pressure & cholesterol explained', 10th november, 14.00 - 15.30
  • 'Food & mood (part one)', 1st december, 11.00 - 12.30
  • 'Food & mood (part two)', 8th december, 11.00 - 12.30

Please register your interest for The RISE Project here. Someone will be in touch with you soon!

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