Bridging the Awareness Gap in our Communities
Cultivating Mindfulness aims to deliver three additional mindfulness training projects for the alleviation of suffering and for the benefit of those who may otherwise find it hard to access mindfulness skills training. These mindfulness projects and training programmes will focus specifically on increasing the awareness, resilience and wellbeing of people living within our community.
We believe education around how our minds work and providing training and support to develop the vital skills to be able to cope with life's ups and downs will increase an individual's quality of life, which has a direct impact on family life, relationships and the wider community.
We are 'UK Mindfulness Network' approved to deliver mindfulness and meditation courses,
workshops and activities. This means that Teachers/Tutors have been trained to a high
standard, have their own established daily mindfulness practice and have demonstrated
(via an assessment process) that they meet the UK Good Practice Guidelines for
Mindfulness-Based Teachers i.e they are: suitably trained, committed to continuous professional
development, hold appropriate insurance and are receiving supervision for their teaching.
There is a large body of research available demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness to reduce stress, depression and anxiety in adults attending a minimum of an eight week mindfulness meditation course. There is also growing evidence demonstrating that mindfulness training delivered to adolescents and university students can lead to reductions in stress, hostility, rumination, improvements in emotional wellbeing and optimism and provide them with coping skills that will continue to be useful throughout their lifetime.
Can you help us, help others?
As a young charity, your support can really help our communities to flourish. Financial cost can often be a barrier for individuals, families and young people to access alternative interventions to maintain a healthy mind and body. Your donation or fundraising activity will be contributing towards our important work to fill a current gap in education to empower people to help themselves when they feel stressed, anxious, starting to feel their mood is low, prone to mood swings, having difficulty concentrating and affecting sleep. Our training programmes increase awareness on how to maintain a healthy mind as a preventative and sustainable step to reduce problems from arising later in life. There are three training programmes we are focused on right now that you could help us to deliver and make more accessible to those who would benefit;
Young People's Programme
With no mental health training embedded within the
core school curriculum we believe action is needed
now to ensure young people receive a crucial education
on how to maintain a healthy mind amidst living in a fast
paced technological modern day world. The World
Health Organization estimates that 50% of all
mental illnesses start by the age of 14 with the average
age of onset being 12-24 years.
Our aim is to make mindfulness training accessible to
young people so they can benefit from an increase in
awareness, emotional literacy and resilience to lead a
fuller, healthier and happier life.
The Mindfulness Based Living Course for Young
Adults is a ten week course aimed at High School,
College and University Students which last for up to
one hour in duration and introduces the concepts and
practices of mindfulness and self-compassion. The training develops these qualities in students to help with
anxiety, stress, depression, sleep, increase concentration, the ability to deal with difficult emotions, relationships and improve overall health and wellbeing. We are currently delivering this course to students within a college environment with significant positive results and wish to make it more accessible for all young people that would benefit within our community to prevent issues arising later in adult life.
Mindfulness Based Parenting Course
This nine week course is based on the adaption of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and helps parents become aware of parenting in automatic pilot, the effect of stress and the daily interactions with their child(ren). The course aims for parents to learn the skills of mindfulness for themselves and to the experience of parenting their children. This course helps parents with responding less reactively to parenting stress, developing more empathy and compassion for themselves and their child(ren), tolerating difficult emotions and more accepting of self and child(ren), recognise patterns and relate differently to parental suffering.
Refugee and Asylum Seeking Communities
This is a ten week mindfulness curriculum course based on a project piloting courses in trauma adapted and culturally sensitive Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy designed for refugee and asylum seeking communities. The work has been funded by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) in order to increase access to mindfulness based therapies and practice to marginalised populations.
Which Programme would you like to support?
If you would like to make a donation or fundraise on our behalf to support our important work to raise awareness and deliver mindfulness courses and activities for maintaining healthy minds and living happier lives, please contact us directly by email to
You can make a secure one-off donation or a regular monthly donation.
Volunteer and you could make a big difference
Do you have time to spare? Would like to be part of something meaningful where your skills could be utilised for the greater good of our community? We are looking for good people who have free time during the day and a skillset that could add to our existing team in Fundraising, Accounting, Marketing, Social Media, Law, Graphic Design and Admin.
If you have skills that you feel would help us to grow and achieve our mission to help our communities lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives, please contact us by email telling us a little bit about how you could help us to