Children in Keyham are being urged to transform themselves into Wellbeing Warriors. A new weekly club has been set up for young people between the ages of seven and thirteen. Through yoga, mindfulness, games and crafts the sessions intend to fortify the children with resilience and life skills. Run by Haidee Dampney from The Tree Project, which was set up in 2018 to “explore wellbeing in our lives”, it could not, she says, have come at a better time.
“It’s been such a tough year for everyone,” says Haidee. “With the Wellbeing Warriors club we’re focussing on the children, providing them with a safe space where they can come make friends and have fun and, at the same time, teaching them the means to live a happier life and help manage life’s ups and downs.”
In a world made more challenging by recent events, Haidee firmly believes that one of the things we can do for young people is teach them to be more resilient. Fifteen children are taking part in the weekly Wellbeing Warriors sessions, and despite only starting in September, Haidee can already see a transformation;
“In a relatively short space of time we’ve seen many of the children better able to articulate their feelings and that’s a really good thing at any age. They’re really engaging with the yoga, the mindfulness and the relaxation and, I think, because of this, and the creative and outdoor elements of the sessions, are finding effective ways to care for themselves and each other.”
The Wellbeing Warriors course is run by The Tree Project in collaboration with Creative Curiosities. If you know someone who might be interested, contact Haidee on 07722 846 879 or at firstname.lastname@example.org