Community and Wellbeing Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9HG. Telephone: 01372 727583. Email: WellbeingCentre@epsom-ewell.gov.uk
Please see below for further information on our activities and classes that we run at the Wellbeing Centre unless specified. Sessions are £3 per person per class. Booking in advance is advised for all of our sessions. To book onto a class, please contact us at the Wellbeing Centre. Please note that sessions do not run on bank holidays and may not run during holiday periods. Please check with the centre.
Session run by: Jane Burniston
Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Researchers have found that playing tennis has a number of physical and psychological health benefits. People who participate in tennis three hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause. Tennis players scored higher in vigour, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and non-athletes. Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain.
Activity: Japanese memory group
Sessions run by: Stella Hines, Yvie and Usha
Date: Tuesday and Friday
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
The Japanese memory group is based on the Japanese ethos of high regard for older people. Japanese Professor Kawashima has demonstrated that regular ‘reading aloud, mental arithmetic and writing’ activates brain activity in older people, and restores communication and independence in those with dementia if done on a regular basis. This is for people with memory loss, confusion, dementia and their carers. For further information about the background of this group please visit the Glorious Opportunity website by Dr Jennifer Bute.
Activity: Springboard into activity
Session run by: Stella Hines
Time: 10am to 12 noon
This group is a wonderful mixture of activities all designed to stimulate the brain. Activities include reminiscence, exercises and games, quizzes, art and crafts, as well as, this week in history, good ideas, discussion topics, and scrapbooking to personalise the week by recording local anniversaries and events alongside personal landmarks, memories and details.
Activity: Stimulating visual arts group
Session run by: Alison Carlier
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Have a go at expressing your creativity and imagination, learn interesting art techniques and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere as you create, paint and draw your pieces of art. It doesn’t matter whether you think you are talented or not, its not like maths, there is no correct answer. Creating art is a very effective way to stimulate the brain and anyone can do it. Creating art can help you learn to “see” by concentrating on detail and paying more attention to your environment. The practice of creating art boosts self-esteem and feelings of accomplishment. Pick up a brush and start today.
The activities below are previous sessions that the Centre ran.
Activity: Brian and body fitness
This course from the WEA helps you learn ways to improve your brain and body health and shows you how to use these strategies in your daily life. Sessions included: exercises and activities to stimulate the body and mind. Practice of different relaxation techniques. Education on topics such as sleep, nutrition, the brain and managing stress.
Activity: Cooking classes
This session with the Community Chef is aimed to bring men, who may feel isolated at home because they live on their own, to cook and eat together.
Session run by: Ray Watters, Drum with Us.This is an amazing fun filled session, everyone gets a drum and Ray shows us how to play different rhythmical beats. If you have never tried it, this is a must.
Activity: Hand massage
Massage may reduce feelings of confusion and anxiety, builds rapport and trust, is reassuring and eases effects of isolation, loneliness and boredom and encourages feelings of wellbeing.
Activity: Laughter yoga
The practice of laughing itself improves your mood, and then you feel good! Laughter yoga is a joyful workout for your mind, body and spirit it can boost circulation, reduces stress, creates ‘feel good’ endorphins, promotes physical and mental relaxation.The combination of gentle deep breathing and playful exercises encourages natural spontaneous laughter.
Activity: Learn the lingo / around the world
Presented by the students from Epsom College. Research shows speaking more than one language is thought to lead to better development of the areas of the brain that handle executive functions and attention tasks, which may help protect from the onset of dementia.
Activity: Mindfulness and relaxation
Session run by: Cath Jaschinski and Jo Gillibrand. Relaxation gives the heart a rest by slowing the heart rate and reducing blood pressure. As a result of relaxation, many people experience – decreased muscle tension, more energy, better sleep, enhanced immunity, increased concentration, better problem-solving abilities, greater efficiency, smoother emotions less anger, crying, anxiety, frustration, less headaches and pain.
Activity: Nutrition for wellbeing
Presented by nutritionist Yvonne McMeel who discusses how food can support your wellbeing as we age.
Activity: Resistance band and weight training
Session run by: Nancy Katsaiti. This group is designed to warm you up and strengthen your muscles using glove weights and resistance bands to music. Muscle strengthening exercise have been shown to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and reduce the pain from arthritis. As we get older we lose muscle mass at the rate of 1%-2% a year, our bone-mineral density declines and ligaments become less pliable. Diminishing strength affects balance, range of motion and posture. This class will help you to retain muscle mass and age well.
Activity: Sound healing
Session run by: Sophie Harvey, Sonic Sanctuary. Sound is universal. We live our lives constantly submerged in sound. Everyone can hear or feel sound and everyone can make sound. Our relationship with sound is instinctive and transcends the limitations of language so that working with sound in a therapeutic way can often help us reach a level of understanding and awareness where language or discussion alone might have failed. Our collective sound energy has the power to lift the mood of the community and harmonise and strengthen our connection with ourselves and each other. This session is filled with sounds that resonate within you to create a calming and relaxing atmosphere.
Activity: Stress management for carers
An introduction by the WEA to healthy coping strategies for dealing with stress and difficult situations.
Activity: Surrey wheels for all
Session run by: Cycling Projects, Held at the Harrier Centre, King George Fields, Poole Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9RY. Cycling Projects is a national charity which promotes cycling through a range of successful community engagement programmes that give people the opportunity to cycle on a regular basis; through help, support and guidance.
Activity: Wellbeing through music
Session run by: Emma Phillipson .Everyone responds to music - it affects our minds, bodies and feelings. Through music we can help to: improve physical health and ability, address emotional and behavioural difficulties, develop communication and social skills, increase creativity, self-esteem and confidence. Come and sing with us.
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