Wellbeing Workshops to Be Held at Manresa Club Room

'Relaxing, fun and creative' activities on the Alton Estate

Alton Sheltered Housing Scheme. Picture: Wandsworth Council

A series of “Wellbeing Workshops” hosted by Talk Wandsworth are to be held at the Alton Sheltered Housing Scheme for the over 55s.

The first session is in the Manresa Club Room on Fontley Way (SW15 4LY) on Tuesday 20 September from 2-3pm.

The sessions, which will be monthly, will be delivered in an informal style with conversations around a table being used to deliver information rather than a formal presentation with projector and slides.

Other techniques to be used include:

1. Using art to create, for example, their life story 'This is me' to remind them that they have played an important role in our community/society. This is used in art therapy sessions to trigger memories; this also prompts the conversation around loss, anxiety, bereavement (the subject of the workshop). Do you have any art materials available at the scheme? Paper, crayons, felt-tips, magazines for collage, glue, scissors?
2. Pick one positive affirmation card or a word from a list and discuss.
3. 'Build a story'- person begins a story, next person continues the started story and so forth.
4. A project could be created which would give the residents a sense of purpose possibly in collaboration with the local library, school, church, or the local food bank.
5. Mindfulness (short practice) for grounding, relaxation
6. Gentle progressive muscle relaxation; releases tension
7. Positive affirmations to ensure sessions are uplifting; once when discussed or memorised these affirmations can become a very good tool to beat the blues during the winter months.

All are welcome to what the organisers promise will be relaxing, fun and creative activities.

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September 16, 2022