The Well-Read Mind: Free Talks and Workshops on Mental Health and Wellbeing at Hungerford Hub & Library

Hungerford Hub has partnered with Hungerford’s independent bookshop to organise a season of free talks and workshops focused on recovery, mental health and wellbeing funded by Greenham Trust, Hungerford Hub and West Berkshire Council. The events will take place from late May to early July and participants must register. See details here.

Each talk with have an accompanying workshop. Attendees for this are invited to try out a session on ‘soil drawing’ lead by garden designer Emma Binns on the following Saturday.

On June 22nd science journalist Caroline Williams will be doing an in person event at the hub. She explores the emerging science of how movement opens up a ‘hotline’ to our minds. Learn how core strength is linked to stress control and what dance can do for emotional literacy. The accompanying event for this will be a workout session from local fitness trainers WellFit.

Those wanting a better night’s sleep should register to hear BBC Food Scientist Dr Stuart Farrimond share his knowledge on why sleep is so important, and tips on how we can improve our night-time rest. This will be followed a few days later by a slumber-inducing yoga session from Maura at Tranquil Flow Yoga.

For people who like to put their thoughts down on paper bibliotherapy advocate Susan Barsby will be giving an on-line ‘writing for well-being’ one hour workshop. Anyone taken with the idea of ‘journaling’ can then try it out in a hands-on event at the hub.

The Well Read Mind initiative will be sending in bestselling children’s writer and illustrator Tom Percival to the local primary school to lead a ‘create a story’ workshop inspired by his ‘Big Bright Feelings’ series of books, and children can also attend a talk and workshop in the hub on July 3rd lead by author, athlete and founder of Take7SimpleSteps Susie Bush inspired by her books for young children ‘You’re So Strong’ and ‘You’re So Amazing’.

Andrea Hodgkin, manager of the hub says: “We are so excited about this project, which we believe will truly benefit our wonderful community after what can only be described as a very challenging year. We encourage anyone who wants to learn a little bit more about the changes we can make to improve our wellbeing to register for some of these inspiring free events



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