Three year ago I had a passion to bring free well-being classes & courses to the people of Teesside dealing with depression and emotional issues. So with the help of local funding and the Big Lottery, the Community Organisation Inward Bound was set up and has seen great results, some of which can be seen on the website www.inward-bound.co.uk
Over the years of working in the community, I've met many people trying to deal with stress and depression and it's been a pleasure to be able to help them. But I've also had the misfortune to see firsthand the flaws and loopholes in our system that are caused by so much red tape!
Then a couple of year ago my son became one of the many who are slipping through the net (as his GP told me one day) and he died earlier this year. So now my passion to bring change is even stronger!
This picture (of his actual hand) is one my son drew when I encouraged him to pick up the pencils again, but it's with mixed emotions that it's now being used as a logo for the meetings, as his death has triggered the changes needed here in Middlesbrough.
I believe when the world gets too much, we should have a place of santuary. Somewhere people get away from the craziness of the world and I know if such a place had been available it would have helped my son before his body became too weak to fight.
A retreat that will provide respite for the soul, as well as recieve the amazing therapies that have helped me over the years with my own physical health and depression.
The story of my healing journey can be seen at www.mariecunningham.co.uk alongside feedback from those who have benefited from my books, therapies and courses.
Prevention is better than cure, so retreating somewhere peaceful, where you can just simply BE and recharge your body, mind and soul.
- Quiet days for reflection
- Hosting wellbeing events
- Space for a day or more for individuals or groups
I understand it's difficult for you to be enthused when I can't show pictures of buildings etc, but until I know the amount I'm working with, I can only dream of the location etc.
But i will say that whatever is raised will be put to use to rent somewhere & I'll share pictures of the progress as we go along and always keep you up to date with plans/changes.
Any money donated can either be a gift because you simply want to help, be entered into a draw to win therapies, or you can take classes & workshops to the full value of your donation!
Of courseif there isn't enough raised to get going, then any cash donated will be exchanged for therapies/goods to the value.
I'm on Facebook and Twitter so just contact me, as I love to share my enthusiasm.