Wellbeing day helps relieve stress for Brighton YMCA residents

For the past two years, Brighton YMCA residents have been benefitting from regular Wellbeing days organised at William Collier House. Experienced health practitioners offer Reiki, reflexology, hand and face massages, acupuncture, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), yoga and Tai-Chi to mention just a few.

Charities and businesses such as Pathways to Health, Anahata Centre, the BHT Well-Being Centre, Southdown Recovery Centre and Mind Out are on hand to talk about their services and answer questions from residents.

Lunch is cooked on the premises by trained volunteer residents and include fresh smoothies and juices and homemade soup or stew. There is always a tasty vegetarian option.

Lesley Parker, a practitioner who offered her services on a number of occasions, observed:

“I was very impressed with the variety of support provided for residents. I thought the healthy juicing and soup was a great idea and good to see nutrition high on the agenda. I’m sure the hostel is a real raft for many people who find themselves adrift in Brighton. To go the extra mile and offer them supportive therapies demonstrates real care and understanding of the value of [these treatments] for people who may be feeling low and/or isolated. I was glad to be a part of the day.”

Often volunteers provide additional therapy time after seeing the response from residents, and many return on a more regular basis.