Worcester church created new scheme for women's mental health  - The Worcester Observer

Worcester church created new scheme for women's mental health 

Holly Clement 29th Jun, 2024   0

IN A fitting tribute to its founding roots, St Wulstan’s Church in Warndon is marking its seventh decade with a scheme aimed at supporting the mental health of local women.

This effort, led by another group of dedicated local women, continues the legacy of the church, which was established 61 years ago by a pioneering group of women from the community.

The scheme is funded by a £10,000 award from the National Lottery Community Fund and has three primary goals: to provide weekly support sessions featuring trauma/NHS-approved yoga and yoga therapy, to offer a weekly support group for parents with young children awaiting ADHD/ASD diagnoses, and to conduct weekly ‘respite’ sessions that allow women to explore sensory rehabilitation to help release stress and anxiety.

Rev. Sarah Northall of St Wulstan’s shared the church’s ongoing commitment to addressing the needs of local women.

“Our church has consistently looked to reflect the needs and the wishes of local women, so it is only right that in 2024 we should be doing all we can to help relieve and reduce much of the stress and worry that many women, particularly women with young families, are having to face on a daily basis.”

Rev. Northall hopes the local project would encourage women who have been reluctant to discuss their mental health to join one of the support groups.

This award is another triumph for Community Boost, a local organisation that has generated over £2million in grant funding for local charities and community organisations.

Community Boost is supported by Worcester City Council’s community grants programme, which will aid the organisation in working with city-based voluntary and community groups over the next nine months.

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