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Green Connections

Being in nature is important to human beings and their wellbeing, but the importance of this is often overlooked in modern living conditions. It has been extensively evidenced that people benefit from being in natural places, being in contact with nature and from looking after plants and animals. ‘Nature connectedness’ captures that relationship between people and the rest of nature.

“Nature connectedness is a measurable psychological construct that moves beyond contact with nature to an individual’s sense of their relationship with the natural world. We found that people who are more connected to nature tend to have greater eudaimonic wellbeing – meaning they are functioning well – and in particular have higher levels of self-reported personal growth.”   – Prof. Miles Richardson, University of Derby

Green Connections is our ecotherapy or ‘greencare’ mental health project designed by Derbyshire Mind and Wellbeing at Whistlewood as part of our wider Enjoying Derbyshire programme, that aims to increase mental wellbeing through Nature Connectedness.

More Information Coming Soon…

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10 – 16 May 2021 and this year the theme is Nature. Together with our fantastic partners, Derbyshire Mind are bringing you a week free activities focusing on nature and mental wellbeing.

Please get involved and book tickets to the activities that interest you!


MONDAY:

Fabric Flowers for Mindful Crafts – With Stacey, StepBallChange and Derby Quad

Join us for our popular Mindful Crafts group with artist Stacey Murray for a relaxed and creative session making fabric flowers together.

Date/Time: Monday 11th, 1.30-3pm.
For More Info and to Book your Free Ticket:
https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/mindful-crafts-online


TUESDAY:

Good Mood With Food: Ask a Nutritionist – With Eva Humphries, BANT Nutritionist

Good Mood with Food is our new expert-led nutrition course starting in June. Come along to this Introductory session for MHAW & ask Eva your questions.

Date/Time: Tuesday 11th May, 6 – 6.45pm

For More Info and to Book your Free Ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/151950856101


WEDNESDAY:

Movement and Mindfulness in Nature – With Kat Rooney, Yoga and Mindfulness

A special edition Movement and Mindfulness class where we will be looking at how we can use the gifts of nature in our mindfulness practice!

Date/Time: Wednesday 12th May, 10-11am

For More Info and to Book your Free Ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/151992482607


THURSDAY:

Connecting with Nature in the Spring – With Wellbeing at Whistlewood

Join Anne and Helen from Wellbeing at Whistlewood as we explore how to connect with nature to improve your mental wellbeing this spring.

Date/Time: Thursday 13th May, 10-11am

For More Info and to Book your Free Ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/151997603925

5 Ways to Wild Wellbeing Webinar – Derbyshire Mind and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

You may have heard of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, but you haven’t experienced them like this before! In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week Derbyshire Mind have teamed up with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to help you get wild about your wellbeing!

Date/Time: Thursday May 13th 7pm-8.30pm

For More Info and to Book your Free Ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/explore-the-5-ways-to-wellbeing-with-derbyshire-mind-tickets-151931714849


FRIDAY:

Music of our Lives – Special Nature Edition! – With Alex Blood, Derbyshire Music Therapy

Music of our Lives is our expert-led music group starting again in June. Come along to this fun one-off session focusing on nature related songs!

Date/Time: Friday 14th May, 10-11am

For More Info and to Book your Free Ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/151952388685


SATURDAY:

Make your Own ‘5 Ways to Wild Wellbeing’ Mobile – With Spiral Arts and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Make your own ‘5 Ways to Wild Wellbeing’ themed mobile to hang up at home as a reminder to weave a little time for your own wellbeing in to every day. – Free craft packs provided.

Date/Time: Saturday 15th May, 11-12pm or 3-4pm

For More Info and to Book your Free Ticket:
Email spiral_arts@hotmail.co.uk with your address & which session you are booking


SUNDAY:

Rewilding Derby Arboretum: Paint a Postcard – With Spiral Arts and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Using historical photographic postcards of the Arboretum we will get wild with a paintbrush and splash on colour and add your own wild ideas to the images! There will be the option to submit your finished paintings to our ‘Rewilding the Arboretum’ exhibition later in the year! – Free craft packs provided.
Date/Time: Sunday 16th May, 11-12pm or 3-4pm

For More Info and to Book your Free Ticket:
Email spiral_arts@hotmail.co.uk with your address & which session you are booking

ALL WEEK LONG:

Join the ‘Wilder Wellbeing’ Facebook Group

Jenny from Derbyshire Mind and Kirsty from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will be discussing all things Wild Wellbeing and discussing valuable approaches to supporting our mental health. Now is the perfect time to join Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Wilder Wellbeing Community so you don’t miss out! Sign up to the Facebook group to get involved in the conversation here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/815510682381390

Volunteer With Derbyshire Mind

We are looking for Community Volunteers!

Derbyshire Mind are now looking for up to four Community Volunteers to support our new Enjoying Derbyshire groups, including our exciting new Green Connections project at Whistlewood in South Derbyshire.

Are you a warm and friendly person, and can listen and support without trying to ‘fix’? If so, you could be just what we are looking for! 💙

Take a look the two Community Volunteer role descriptions on our website to see if this opportunity could be perfect for you.

Visit www.derbyshiremind.org.uk/volunteering-opportunities for all the information about the roles, including the important dates, and how to apply.

– Please tag and share with any friends who might like the opportunity to join our friendly and supportive team who are passionate about improving mental wellbeing across Derby and Derbyshire.

Mindful March Colouring Sheet


Download this Mindful March colouring sheet for yourself this March.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE HIGH QUALITY PDF FILE

Colouring is a wonderfully relaxing activity that can help your brain switch off after a busy day. It is also a calming quiet practice that helps you slow down and be mindful.

The Enjoying Derbyshire ‘Mindful March’ colouring sheet we have created for you includes lots of references to Spring and nature, and we hope you enjoy taking some time for yourself with this mindful activity.

If you finish your Mindful March colouring sheet, we would love to see a photograph! Just tag us in your photo on social media, or send it to us in a Direct Message on Instagram or Facebook.

Additional Challenge – Can you find and mark your town on the map of Derby and Derbyshire included in the colouring sheet?

Movement and Mindfulness – An Enjoying Derbyshire Course

 
A friendly beginners mindfulness course, designed to help you enjoy the benefits of gentle movement and bring a sense of calm to your week! – A Derbyshire Mind ‘Enjoying Derbyshire’ course in collaboration with Kat Rooney Yoga and Mindfulness
 

About this Course:

Join us for some gentle movement, mindfulness, and much-needed relaxation from the comfort of your own living room!

This free 6 week online mindfulness course led by local Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Kat Rooney has been specially designed for our Enjoying Derbyshire programme to help you enjoy the benefits of gentle movement and bring a sense of calm and happiness to your week! Each session with have a different theme which ultimately will provide you with a toolkit of calming grounding techniques.

You can join us for the full 6 week group course, or just for individual sessions, it’s completely up to you!

Course Dates: Wednesdays: 24th Feb, 3rd Mar, 10th Mar, 17th Mar, 24th Mar, 31st March 2021

Time: 10-11am

Location: Online via Zoom

To Book Yourself A Place:

To book your free place onto this specially designed mental wellbeing course, just visit: Derbyshiremind.eventbrite.com 

 

This friendly and enjoyable 6 week group is part of Derbyshire Mind’s Enjoying Derbyshire community wellbeing programme and so is aimed at people living in Derby or Derbyshire with a mild to moderate mental health condition or who are currently feeling anxious, isolated, or low, particularly as a result of lockdown.

If you have any questions, please contact Derbyshire Mind on enquiries@derbyshiremind.org.uk

You can learn more about Derbyshire Mind and the Enjoying Derbyshire wellbeing programme by visiting: www.derbyshiremind.org.uk/wellbeing-programme

You can learn more about Kat Rooney and her approach by visiting her website: www.facebook.com/katrooneyyogaandmindfulness

Exploring Your Inner Resilience – An Enjoying Derbyshire course for Students

Exploring Your Inner Resilience

 

‘Exploring Your Inner Resilience’ is a seven week online course for 18-21 year old students that is designed to explore feelings of stress and anxiety and build resilience. An Derbyshire Mind ‘Enjoying Derbyshire’ course in collaboration with Bello Mind and Soul.
 
About this Course:

Join local Creative Arts Practitioner Dani Bello for an online wellbeing and empowerment course, designed specifically for students (18-21 years old) living or studying in Derbyshire and experiencing low mood and worries as a result of keeping up with studies and the ongoing lockdowns!

This 7-week course will invite you to explore your inner resilient self and help you to ignite your inner strength and power. By taking part in the creative activities, you will be lead on a journey of self-discovery and learn to support yourself in the best way!

Each session will help you explore and express a range of different emotions such as combating loneliness, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and so much more. You will be leaving each session feeling uplifted and motivated, and having so much more energy to focus on yourself and your studies during this difficult and unpredictable time.

 

Course Dates (Delivered via Zoom):

Course Dates: 4th March 2021, 11th March 2021, 18th March 2021, 25th March 2021, 1st April 2021, 8th April 2021, 15th April 2021 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm

 

To Book Yourself A Place:

To book a free place onto this specially designed wellbeing course for students, just visit: Derbyshiremind.eventbrite.com 

 

Enjoying Derbyshire:

This friendly and enjoyable course is part of our Enjoying Derbyshire community wellbeing programme and so is aimed at students in Derby/Derbyshire aged 18-21 who are currently feeling isolated or low, particularly as a result of this latest lockdown, or experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Like all of our Enjoying Derbyshire courses, this course is free and is kindly funded though donations and fundraising.

If you have any questions, please contact Derbyshire Mind on enquiries@derbyshiremind.org.uk

You can learn more about Derbyshire Mind and the Enjoying Derbyshire wellbeing programme by visiting: www.derbyshiremind.org.uk/wellbeing-programme

You can learn more about Danielle Bello and her approach by visiting her website: www.bellomindandsoul.com

Music of our Lives – A 4-week Enjoying Derbyshire wellbeing course

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Music of Our Lives is a 4-week online wellbeing group where our relationship with music and the songs we love is used as the starting point for reflection.
An Derbyshire Mind ‘Enjoying Derbyshire’ course in collaboration with Derbyshire Music Therapy.
 
About this Course:

Music and song often captures how we are feeling or touches us emotionally at times when we need that support that words and talking cannot provide. In some cases music may be our only refuge, either due to loneliness and isolation or simply because music makes us feel understood when it seems nobody else can understand.

In this four week short course, music therapist Alex Blood from Derbyshire Music Therapy, will lead you on a journey into the music you love. Together we will explore how music can bring back memories, support us when we are feeling low, lift us when we are feeling happy, and how it brings us together as a community! Alex will facilitate the sharing and discussion of why music is supportive to us during times when we are not feeling so strong. During the session you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and talk about your own special pieces of music and song, as well as being offered recommendations or listening activities to carry out between sessions to reflect on next time.

 

Two Groups of this Course Are Being Run Together:

There are two groups running for this course, based on age, as we felt that these two different age groups would have different musical experiences and music memories which would work better if they were delivered separately. So we have group one running on Wednesday evenings, and group two running on Thursday mornings:

Group One is for the 18-50 year old age group and meets online on Wednesdays on these dates: 17th February 2021, 24th February 2021, 3rd March 2021, 10th March 2021 at 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Group Two is for the 50+ year old age group and meets online on Thursdays on these dates: 18th February 2021, 25th February 2021, 4th March 2021, 11th March 2021 from 10 am – 11 am

This friendly course is part of our Enjoying Derbyshire community wellbeing programme and so is aimed at anyone in Derby/Derbyshire who is currently feeling isolated or low, particularly as a result of this latest lockdown, or experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Like all of our Enjoying Derbyshire courses, this course is free and is kindly funded though donations and fundraising.

 

To Book Yourself A Place:

To book a free place on one of these 4 week courses just visit: Derbyshiremind.eventbrite.com 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Derbyshire Mind on enquiries@derbyshiremind.org.uk

You can learn more about Derbyshire Mind and the Enjoying Derbyshire wellbeing programme by visiting: www.derbyshiremind.org.uk/wellbeing-programme

You can learn more about Alex Blood and his psychodynamic approach by visiting his website: www.derbyshiremusictherapy.co.uk