The Wokingham Paper

Special week will celebrate Wokingham borough’s wellbeing


A FESTIVAL of wellbeing will be good for Wokingham’s minds, bodies and souls and it’s coming to the borough later this month.

Masterminded by Arborfield woman Anna Adams, the week aims to celebrate different groups that organise events aimed at lifting the borough’s mental health.

Over the seven days, there will be daily video blogs from Wokingham Paper columnist and Fundamental Coach Chris Hunt and a plethora of events that includes storytelling, performance art, health and fitness and meditation and relaxation.

And best of all, many of the events run regularly throughout the year ensuring that this week is for life and not just for Christmas – well, Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19.

“It’s a wellbeing festival, a bringing together of groups who do wellbeing every day,” explains Mrs Adams. “That’s individuals, charities and businesses.

“There will be five or six events every day, for all ages, each highlighting a different aspect of wellbeing.

“Rather than approach people to put on new events, I wanted to celebrate what was already happening in Wokingham and to help boost mental health in the borough.”

And Mrs Adams is particularly excited about Chris Hunt’s daily doses of inspiration, a natural extension of his Every Step Counts column.

“I read his column every week and I thought he’s the kind of person would fit well in with the week,” she said. “He was really keen to get on board and very encouraging of the concept.

“He’s going to do a live video every morning at 7.30am on a different aspect of Wokingham Wellbeing Week.”

And Mrs Adams has been inundated with requests from people wanting to help out in other ways.

“People have been so enthusiastic,” she said. “Wellbeing is very, very current – everyone is talking about it.”

Since launching the Facebook page for the week and telling people she is organising the week, Mrs Adams said that people have been contacting her to share their own stories.

“Everyone has their stories, complete strangers have been in touch saying things like, ‘I was in an awful place but this (meditation, yoga, etc) doing this every day has helped me, I want to help other people.

“People have been in dark places and these events have changed their lives.”

Some of the highlights of the week include an event called Men Don’t Talk, Do They? which sees veteran and mental health campaigner Nick Wilson will share his story of recovery from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and running the #realmentalk campaign. He wants to get men from all walks of life to open up.

“He will speak on his journey and recovery from PTSD and aims to highlight how we all should be able to talk about our wellbeing,” Mrs Adams explained.

And the Sedero Lounge in Wokingham’s town centre will hold the first pop-up Grief Café on Thursday, May 16. Running from 10am to 11.30am, the event is run as a drop-in for anyone who has suffered a bereavement.

“Lucy Herd is launching this after losing her son after just 23 months,” Mrs Adams explained. “She wanted to launch a Grief Café for anyone who have lost someone, or for older people who have lost family.

“It’s just a place to talk. Lucy said that she lost friends when her son died because they didn’t know how to handle her grief.

“Lucy and I are really hoping that it will carry on after wellbeing week to help people in a similar situation.”

Mrs Adams has also been working with schools, taking assemblies and making kites that will go on display in Wokingham town centre shops.

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What’s on during Wokingham Wellbeing Week


Monday, May 13

7.30am. ‘instant breakthrough session’ Live video streaming on Facebook – Fundamental Coach

11am-3pm. Yoga Theatrix Workshops in schools

Noon-3pm. Rivers of Life workshop  @ Salvation Army Hall (includes a free lunch)

6pm-7pm. Adult Sleep Talk by Sleep Expert Dr Lindsay Browning @ Library

7.30pm. Men Don’t Talk Do They? Inspirational talk by Nick

Wilson @ Emmbrook Sport and Social Club

Tuesday, May 14

7.30am. ‘instant breakthrough session’ Live video streaming on Facebook – Fundamental Coach

1.30-2.30pm. Wellbeing Drama Workshop by Rough Sketch in schools

4-4.30pm. Little Bugs reading with author Tina Stubbs @Wokingham  Library

7.30pm-8.30pm. Creating good mental health in children – talk by Lucy Wood, Learn2Thrive @ Walter Infants School

8pm. Laughter for Wellbeing at your local – Comedian Ian Macdonald helps us to laugh @ Hope and Anchor Pub

Wednesday, May 15

7.30am. ‘instant breakthrough session’ Live video streaming on Facebook – Fundamental Coach

7.30-8.15am. Yoga with Rebecca James (Savanga Yoga) @ Langborough Rec

Noon-4pm. “You Are Not Alone” art exhibition and More Arts @ The Market Place

7.30pm. The Link Friendship Film @ The Whitty Theatre

Thursday, May 16

7.30am. ‘instant breakthrough session’ Live video streaming on Facebook – Fundamental Coach

10am-4pm. Respond to stories on Mental Health and the church @ All Saints Church

10am-11.30am. Pop-up Grief Cafe @ Sedero Lounge

4pm-5pm. Relax Kids Workshop @ the Baptist Church

7.30pm. Tracks, performance poetry @ Town Hall

Friday, May 17

7.30am. ‘instant breakthrough session’ Live video streaming on Facebook – Fundamental Coach

9.30am-10.30am. Relaxation Workshop @ Bradbury Centre

10am. Barkham Hookers @ Sanpa

1pm-2pm. Pilates @ Bradbury Centre

10am-4pm. Exhibition of Rivers of Life art @ Salvation Army Hall

3.30pm-4.30pm. Family Fitness @ Coombes Field

7.30pm. The Link Friendship Quiz @ Kings Place

Saturday, May 18

7.30am. ‘instant breakthrough session’ Live video streaming on Facebook – Fundamental Coach

9am-noon. Soulscape mental health exhibition @ The Market Place

Noon-4pm. “You Are Not Alone” art exhibition and Libyan pop up cafe@ Wokingham Baptist Church

Sunday, May 19

7.30am. ‘instant breakthrough session’ Live video streaming on Facebook – Fundamental Coach

Noon-3pm. Community Picnic, singing along with Pauly Zarb and mindfulness colouring @ Howard Palmer Gardens


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