My names Clare Hales and I am a special needs teacher who has recently set up this community interest company to work with and deliver mindfulness sessions and programmes to children and adolescents.
I initially need funds to buy mats and eye pillows so I can start the sessions as I await funding for specific projects.
To run the mindfulness yoga sessions I need 7 more yoga mats and 15 eye pillows that can be used for the meditation and yoga practices, this will enable me to deliver sessions at different locations. The sessions will be based on learning about our busy minds and how to use our breathing as an anchor. There will be mindfulness, meditation and yoga practices that will be learned and continued at home as part of home practices. We will create mind jars to symbolise our busy minds and how we can use strategies to calm and clear our minds. I have piloted these sessions and the children really enjoyed the different practices and activities.
The mats and eye pillows will be used in other sessions within schools and other venues in other funding projects that will be running such as for groups with anxieties, before exams, low self esteem, carers or those who have a difficulty in the life such as breavement. Mindfulness and yoga can help with behavioural issues and grups with additional needs will also be completing the programme.
The money will also cover cost of room hire of four locations around Wigan over the Easter Holidays.