A Your Space update from Amareen

Amareen, our Your Space Community Wellbeing Space and Support Service Worker, tells us what she’s been up to so far in 2020.

I recently delivered a workshop on wellbeing and stress reduction for Leeds City Council Youth workers at TechNorth.  We had some really great discussions, and it opened up a space for the team to reflect, connect and support each other.  We got some great feedback and they told us they really valued having the chance to focus on themselves.

Our weekly LS8 Chocolate, Chat and Chill session has continued to be a valuable community resource for visitors, offering friendly vibes and tasty snacks, and we’ve seen our regular attendees grow in number, welcoming a few new faces.  The Chocolate, Chat & Chill sessions are a relaxed space to come and sit, get to know new people and have interesting conversations with food and hot drinks included. Recently some members have started cooking for the group, so we’re trying to be very creative in a small space!

 

I’ve been working in partnership with the lovely Mimi from Koby Dance Studios to offer dance and wellbeing workshops for women in East Leeds.  The workshops are free, there is a crèche available, snacks and wellbeing support offered.   The first two sessions were a huge success, and thoroughly enjoyed by participants.  Frustratingly, due to the current public health situation, we’ve had to close them temporarily, but we are working on offering these online in the near future. Watch this space!

 

With the lockdown, the Your Space team are getting more creative in how we reach out to and support people virtually.  We are offering check-ins via phone, WhatsApp and Skype to our participants, and setting up groups online.  In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever to keep connected, support our neighbours and look after ourselves.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates of our plans.  Hope to see you at an online session soon!