Bridging the Awareness Gap in our Communities
Cultivating Mindfulness aims to make mindfulness more accessible to young people in the community and to adults affected by financial hardship by offering the following support that has been kindly funded by donations.
Our donations are made by previous course participants that have benefited from our courses, through fundraising, business sponsors, organisations and grants from supporting Trusts. Donations help us to meet our course costs which include the venue hire, insurance, refreshments, training costs and materials, marketing/website and legal fees.
Donations allow our charity to continue helping young people who sometimes may be referred to us by CAMHS as suitable for using an eight week Mindfulness course as an intervention to reduce anxiety, stress and depression.
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. For this reason we also accept self-referrals by parents and young adults aged 18-25. There is growing evidence demonstrating that mindfulness training delivered to adolescents and university students can lead to reductions in stress, hostility, rumination, anxiety, improvements in emotional wellbeing and optimism and provide them with coping skills that will continue to be useful throughout their lifetime. All vital skills to have an easier and more enjoyable time in life.
MBLC-YA - Fully funded free place on the eight week Mindfulness Based Living Course for young people. Courses are offered in three age groups making them more relevant and beneficial for young people aged 12-15 years, 16-19 years and 20-25 years. The weekly course is one hour in duration and introduces the concepts and practices of mindfulness and self-compassion. The training develops these qualities in young people 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.
MBLC - Fully funded and partially funded adult places affected by financial hardship who are unable to pay for the course. The Mindfulness Based Living Course focuses on increasing self-awareness, awareness of others, emotional wellbeing, compassion and resilience.
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.
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Your support can really help us to help provide vital services for our communities
to flourish as financial cost can often be a barrier for individuals, families and
young people to access alternative interventions to maintain a healthy mind and
body. If you would like to make a direct secure one-off donation or a regular
monthly donation or become a fundraiser on our behalf please contact us directly
by email at
Other Course Projects we would like to offer that require funding
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.
Volunteer with us 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 Content Creator, Facebook Moderator, 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