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UK National Lottery back COVID-19 mental health project

The Connection Project received £9,730 funding from the National Lottery to help improve the mental health of a local community in the UK 

The Connection Project in King's Lynn received £9,730 from The National  Lottery Community Fund in bid to support the community during a time that has been "challenging on so many levels" as a result of the pandemic. 

The directors behind the mental health recovery project namely - Lotti Walters, director of counselling, Claire Sangster, director of holistic therapies, Jess Colville, creative expression teacher, and meditation teacher Dovile Soblyte - shared to the Eastern Daily Press:

None of us have been unaffected by the events of the past year. It has touched all of us in different ways whether it be directly or indirectly.

Maybe we lost loved ones, maybe we lost jobs, maybe we had to become homeschool teachers, or carers, or could not access the things that make us feel good about ourselves.

Maybe we took to lockdown really well, and are now feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of life getting fast and busy once more.

Whether you have a diagnosed condition or are just feeling exhausted, strung out, worried, anxious, a bit flat or have just forgotten how to people, you are very welcome to access the sessions on offer as part of this project.

In light of the pandemic, the programme holds group session both in person and online via Zoom in bid to create a safe space for people to connect with others. This also includes coffee shops, chair yoga, creative expression, yoga/mindful movement and meditation. The project includes some  counselling sessions at no additional cost. Speaking on the subject, the directors shared:

Everyone is welcome to attend the sessions. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been near a yoga mat or a paintbrush or have no idea how to meditate – come along anyway. You do not need a referral.

Source: Eastern Daily Press

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