17 October 2017

A new physical activity session designed to support families with a child experiencing mental health and wellbeing challenges is being launched in Bedford.

The Trust and Bedford Borough Council are working in partnership to start young people’s #JustTurnUp Mindful Yoga.

The initiative starts today (Tuesday 17 October) and sessions will run every Tuesday from 4-5pm at the John Bunyan Sports and Fitness Centre.

The yoga is delivered by a specialist qualified children’s yoga teacher and will be structured around relaxation and confidence. 

The new sessions are being run in partnership by Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) staff from the Trust.

Children will take part in the fun beginners style yoga session with the experienced instructor Rachaell. Whilst they are taking part parents are encouraged to stay in the café at the newly refurbished sports centre and speak with CAMHS staff who will offer advice and signposting to local services.

There is no pre-registration required and families can simply ‘just turn up’ and take part. The Mindful Yoga costs just £2 per person per session and welcomes young people aged between 12 and 18.

No diagnosis is required and anyone who feels they may be experiencing conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health related problems is welcome to attend.

This is a new session which is part of the Mindful Sport program and the #JustTurnUp initiative.

The programme also offers an adult yoga session on a Wednesday afternoon along with other sports aimed at supporting mental and physical wellbeing. Visit the Just Turn Up page of the Bedford Borough Council website for a full list of activities.

Contact Robert Lindsay from Bedford Borough Council on 01234 718829 for more information.