The Crawley Mindfulness Center is the first of its kind in the UK to offer mindfulness and complementary therapy courses.
It is a not-for-profit registered charity that offers a range of accessible services to the community in support of healing, including group workshops, courses, and sessions, all led by qualified professionals.
The idea for the center came from a combination of the Foundation’s five curators’ personal experiences in the field of mental health and their work as therapists in the field of mental health.
Marion Weeks (right) with Crawley Mindfulness Center Trustee Jo Ribbons
Marion Weeks, Trustee and Chair of the Crawley Mindfulness Center, said, “We believe there is a void in mental health support in the community; it’s available either to those in crisis or to those who can financially afford it, but there isn’t much for those who can’t afford complementary therapies but need help.
“Complementary therapies are available, however, when people are in crisis situations in psychiatric hospitals or in many hospices with terminal care. We decided that we wanted to bring these valuable healing methods into our community.
“Our goal is not to replace professional therapy, but to educate, research and promote psychological well-being.
“In every culture before ours, healing has been achieved through the movement of energy and connection in community. There is a lot of science behind mindfulness, meditation and complementary therapies; we cannot separate mind and body.
The Crawley Mindfulness Center, which was only founded in January, has already been nominated for the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards 2021.
The charity offers free online courses of varying content every weekday and will be launching several new face-to-face sessions shortly.
The charity is also hoping to begin their anxiety relief hypnotherapy class, as well as monthly women’s and men’s circles.
Marion added, “We have a fantastic team of professionals who devote their time and care to providing excellent service that reflects our ethos and goals.
“One of our main focuses is building a resource community in which we come together and share as a community.
“We are very grateful for the funding and support we have received from our sponsors, including the National Lottery, Crawley Borough Council and the Sussex Community Foundation.”
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