Mindfulness and The Dawn Project.

It was our first meeting of 2015!

We started off by welcoming our visitors from Orwell and revealing that as part of our Grendon Twinning we will be hosting their archive on the blog – so watch this space! We also revealed that as part of the Women of the WI we will be creating content for & guest editing in March, it’s already already kicked off here and here! We are VERY excited!

Orwell popped over for a visit!

We’ve already got a date for the diaries! – Craft Fair 2015, Saturday 28th November! More info to come throughout the year!

We then kicked off January in a peaceful manor, with – An Introduction to Mindfulness with Simone from the Cambridge Buddhist Centre. Mindfulness is:

“a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgmentally, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and the world around you. Mindfulness can enable you to see things differently, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. It can increase your sense of personal confidence, of having more options and more strength to face the different challenges in your life. 

There is a rapidly-growing body of research evidence for the benefits of mindfulness practice, such as:
– more energy and enthusiasm
– a greater capacity for relaxation
– more self-confidence
– an increased ability to handle stressful situations”*

It was a very interesting experience and I think we came away from it feeling rather refreshed, I for one have never heard the BlueBelles so quiet! (pot, kettle… 😉 )

After a break full of amazing treats including Lemon Drizzle (that according to the ingredients contained Lemon & Drizzle 😉 ) 

time for tea?

…and a Fruit Cake that may have been produced by ‘Bezzer’ herself we got an insight from Anna from Women’s Resource Center about the Dawn Project – “A one stop service for women who are or were at one time in the criminal justice system and those who are at risk of offending. This project spans Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with offices in both cities.

Anna talks to us about the work the Dawn Project does.
Showing us the amazing outcomes

It is truly fantastic, they cover a vast range of issues, the project offers women information, support from:

– Finding suitable accommodation
– Accessing education, training or work
– Coping with health issues; including anxiety, stress, low self esteem or anger
– Drug or alcohol problems
– Managing finances, benefits or debt
– Coping with relationships or being a parent
– Understanding how to manage feelings
– Violent relationships or sexual abuse
– Issues around prostitution

We also heard some amazing stories of Ladies who have managed to turn their lives around thanks to this great community project.

A fantastic start to 2015.

Next meeting: 11th February – Do and Dabble

*Description taken from Cambridge Buddhist Centre website.

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