Mental health support through the arts is at the core of two new initiatives at The Point in Eastleigh.
The venue will host 12-week courses, one in street dance and one in creative sewing, with sessions designed to build confidence in people who are struggling with their mental health. Classes will encourage and inspire participants to focus on their creativity.
One Stitch At A Time is a relaxed course in creative stitching that introduces participants to various approaches to embellishing through the therapeutic art of sewing.
Each week is progressive and will build confidence in helping people to complete a personal and imaginative project. The course begins on Tuesday 10 March for 12 weeks, each session costs £5.00.
Street dance is a dance course designed to energise and motivate. By the end of the course those enrolled will have the confidence and ability to dance a whole routine. This course takes place Friday evenings starting on Friday 13 March.
Many people find that physical activity helps them to maintain positive mental health and being active can help a person feel better about themselves and reduce the risk of depression.
The Point is operated by Eastleigh Borough Council and offers a space for a range of activities as well as performance areas. Cabinet Member for Health, Tonia Craig said:
‘The Point is a fantastic venue for the arts but it also helps to provide a link to health and wellbeing in the local community with classes like these.
These courses are a great way to help people’s mental wellbeing by combatting loneliness and boosting their confidence.’
To participate in either of these courses you will need to be registered with an Eastleigh surgery.
Book your place on either course by calling the box office on 02380 652333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Buddies are welcome on both courses.