The RISE Project
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.
Activities will be taking place every Friday in 2018 at The Bridge, starting from 16th February. Register your interest via the form at the bottom of the page to be kept up to date with weekly schedules.
It is well accepted that the arts help balance our emotions and can produce feelings of wellbeing. There is no expectation to produce wonderful art in this group, 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’.
Try 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.
Just as we each learn in different ways, there are many forms of expression. For some, writing is a very private medium, and for others it is empowering to share their words with others. Creative writing is a very individual process and can help you to explore your experiences and emotions as much you like. This workshop is open to anyone interested in having the opportunity to create something unique and personal.
dance movement therapy
Explore the connection between mind, body, and emotions. This group will allow the space to consider your own mental health and find strategies for feeling better in your day-to-day life. We will use movement and props, and consider how we are feeling in the moment. There will be time and space for finding energy, as well as for calm and relaxation. No previous dance experience is necessary. This is not a dance class - but a place to tune into your body's signals!
Sit down and enjoy a healthy and nutritious lunch with good company.
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.
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.
healthy lifestyle presentations
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.