Kirklees-based group Breathing Space is inviting local people to a sharing event on Monday 10th December at 11am.
The event, which will be held at Hoot Creative Arts, Bates Mill, Milford Street, Huddersfield, HD1 3DX, is an opportunity for people, including health professionals and carers, to find out more about Breathing Space and the positive effects of being involved.
Breathing Space offers people with dementia and their family member, partner, carer or support worker a range of creative activities to improve cognitive function and strengthen relationships. It’s proven that taking part in creative activities has positive benefits to mental and physical health and wellbeing.
The sessions take place on Monday mornings and are open to people with a diagnosis of dementia and their family member, partner, carer or support worker. They are provided by Hoot, which is a creative partner of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and as a result is part of a growing infrastructure of community organisations who are working with the Trust to provide creative projects to local people. As part of Creative Minds the Trust aims to support voluntary and community organisations, like Hoot, to deliver a variety of creative projects to help improve the health and wellbeing of local people.
The special event will demonstrate how Breathing Space sessions give referred participants the opportunity to take part in weekly group activities where they can meet people, make friends and have fun. Sessions include music and song, movement, dance and visual arts.
The Trust’s dance movement psychotherapist Dr Richard Coaten, will lead a movement session involving a combination of moving, dancing, singing and remembering all with the aim of encouraging feelings of self-confidence and self-esteem and a joy in moving.
Speaking about Breathing Space, Moira Wade who coordinates and supports the Breathing Space project at Hoot said, “We hope to see new and familiar faces at this event to show the great work that has taken place so far and to invite more people to join our weekly sessions. They are a great opportunity to meet new people, take part in activities in a safe and supportive environment and have fun. We welcome referrers to come and see what we do and refer people to a project which current participants say they get enormous benefits from.”
For more information and to find out how to refer contact Moira at Hoot on 01484 516224.
More information about Creative Minds can be found at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/creativeminds