Living North Fair

On the May the 19th-21st the Just for Women team attended the Living North Fair at Gosforth Racecourse to present all their handmade stock and their personalized products. Living North is an event hosted by Living North Magazine that gives small/big business a chance to present and advertise their  services. The weekend was bright with the blazing sunshine after a long winter and plenty of weeks of rain which made the whole event alive and full. The team got to meet and network with other business and explore other organisations for the team to work along with in the near future. The Just for Women Team always put on a good show when it comes to seasonal markets and always have a wonderful time seeing and meeting new and old faces at each one. The Just for Women also have their own tea room and giftshop based in Stanley aside from their website which they sell their beloved stock.

Address: Thornleyholme Terrace, Stanley, DH9 0BL.

Northumbria in Bloom

How gardening benefits your mental health

It is coming to that time of year where everyone is starting their garden projects for the summer and here at the Centre Debbie is on set ready to take on Northumbria in Bloom. Northumbria Bloom is a gardening campaign where all organisations and businesses take part each year with different assignments and meet the criteria’s requested, each owner has to follow and complete the tasks required in order to gain recognition and win specific stages (bronze, silver, gold). Last year Debbie achieved all gold in all three criterias along with the title Gold for community champion. This year Northumbria in Bloom has set different assignments and requirements for 2023 for all the business to follow which Debbie has already started. This month Debbie took off by doing her community support work with Stanley Town Council at Stanley’s police Station front of house where the station had started fencing and planted their plant/flowers to present for the town and the judges that will be hosting the event. Debbie will be working in the garden as the garden will be having a makeover due to another summer house and a yoga corner being added (keep watching our Facebook page for updates).

Why is gardening good for your mental health?

Gardening is getting more popular each year as most individuals have stated that their wellbeing has improved since starting a garden project. This is mainly because being outside and surrounding yourself with plants and wildlife release certain endorphins and also gai certain vitamin. It also helps to clear your mind or even to help you think clearly, for example when we are stuck indoors and just sitting or not being activate our brain cells aren’t as active when you are too relaxed or comfortable. By being activate or being outside this activates your brains cells to work making your mind sharper and more focused. Garden also gives you appreciation and perspective in nature itself, by admiring the colorful flowers or plant, listening to the birds sing the high and low pitches and different melody soothing your wellbeing. Even the sunshine (yes we have had a very long winter) has a big effect on your mood again this is due to gaining vitamin D. Even just having your own personal project keeps you focused and gives you a purpose or even something to look forward to and achieve and feeling accomplished.

Mental Health Awareness Week – Wear it Green

Theme for 2023 – Anxiety

As the Just for Women Centre has a big focus on the subject Mental Health the team showed their support for the cause by wearing any green item to raise awareness, the cause was from the 15th – 19th and they chose the Monday which gave the staff, volunteers and clients to join the event as it was advertised in the centre and on their social media platforms. This year’s theme was anxiety where the centre have many workshops and support that help and deal with anxiety by providing strategies and guidance. Anxiety is more common than ever it was before due to financial and economy crisis rising along with domestic abuse/violence. Even young people are more effected due to the uncertainty of the future and pressure of education and living expenses. Even though we provide service such as one to one counselling we include craft therapy and anxiety workshops for those that feel isolated and want to make friends. The main benefit of our workshops is that our client not only gain a new skill but they also intake information and guidance eon how to deal and look after their mental health.

If you are struggling with your mental health or feel isolated then please telephone us to arrange an appointment – 01207 281145

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