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A Lottery boost of just under £10,000 is enabling a King’s Lynn-based project to reach out to people whose mental health has suffered due to the pandemic.

 The funding has enabled the team at the Connection Project, in Bridge Street, to put together a programme of free activities to support wellbeing.

 “Whether you have a diagnosed condition or are just feeling exhausted, strung out, worried, anxious, a bit flat or have just forgotten how to people, you are very welcome to access the sessions on offer as part of this project,” a spokesman said. 

Sessions started this week following the National Lottery funding, with group sessions both in person and online via Zoom. 

Spaces are limited due to social distancing and people must book in advance.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the sessions. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been near a yoga mat or a paintbrush or have no idea how to meditate – come along anyway.

“This last year has been challenging on so many levels and learning new skills to help support your health and wellbeing is of benefit to everyone. 

“You do not need a referral. You can just head to our website and book in.

“We are also able to offer some fully-funded counselling sessions,” the spokesman said.

The one-to-one sessions are available to those who could benefit but cannot afford to access counselling. Contact Charlotte at info@theconnectionproject.org.uk for more details.

Other sessions are chair yoga (online via Zoom) on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. These classes are a way to connect with others and enjoy gentle movement and guided meditation/relaxation. Email Karen at info@theconnectionproject.org.uk for more details.

There is yoga/mindful movement on Mondays from 5.45pm to 6.30pm. The weekly classes aim to help build confidence and find ways to move your body which work for you. Sessions will be a mix of studio and online.

Creative expression  sessions start tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm to 3pm in-person, where you can explore how to express your feelings using colour, shape and form.

On Sunday there are meditation sessions via Zoom from 7pm to 7.45pm, open to everyone from beginners to the more well practiced and focusing on relaxation, stress relief and positive encouragement.

The project also has in-person coffee shops three times a week with “drop-in hang out space”.

All are welcome, but Covid restrictions apply. Go along if you are feeling lonely, anxious, want to connect with a friendly face or have space for yourself.

Coffee shops are Mondays 10am to 11.30am, Wednesdays 2pm to 3.30pm, Fridays 10am to 11.30am. There is a Wednesday virtual coffee shop after chair yoga from 3.30pm to 4pm. 

Book places at www.theconnectionproject.org.uk/booking or for more information email info@theconnectionproject.org.uk