Another example of partnership working, where Manju Shahul-Hameed Foundation for Mental Health, worked with Sree Narayana Guru Dharma Samajam to organise free Dementia Awareness Session in the community. Around 50 people attended the interactive session run by Hakeem Anjorin, Chair of Dementia Action Alliance, Croydon. It was an opportunity to learn about dementia and the small ways one can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with Dementia, every action counts.
The charity organised the second Laughter Yoga session in the community and this time it was for the homeless people, who came to socialise and get food at the West Croydon Methodist church. The staff and volunteers, who help with the homeless project also participated, where they experienced deep breathing exercises with laughter, get motivated to laugh for no reason other than out of joy and fun.
A very successful Stress Management session at Croydon University Hospital for their staff and the community by Dean Rahaman. More than 50 people participated understanding why is it important to manage stress, how people are putting their entire well-being at risk and stress narrows the ability to think clearly, function effectively and enjoy life. Thanks to Mike Bell and Anita Vincent from the Croydon NHS Trust and Nerinder for promoting the event.
Dr. Sunil Babu presented a very informative and interactive session called ‘Managing Mental Health as a Carer’ for the charity. The attendees braved the rain and cold to listen to Dr. Sunil Babu, who was engaging and provided a platform for attendees to share their experiences.Thanks to Mind in Croydon for sponsoring the venue, Beena Ali for all the preparation to make it happen and Dr. Sunil Babu for sponsoring the workshop.
A very successful Yoga & Meditation session organised by Manju Shahul-Hameed Foundation for Mental Health with the well qualified Aromatherapist and yoga teacher Alpa Amin. Alpa has been teaching for last 15 years in different parts of UK providing aromatherapy, reflexology complementary therapy yoga and meditation retreats for carers. Thanks to Age UK Croydon for sponsoring Scratchley Hall and Sheela Ajay for all the help and support from preparation through to delivery of the event.
The Laughter Yoga session organised by Manju Shahul-Hameed Foundation for Mental Health was a great way to bring the parents and staff of young people, with special educational needs, who attends St Giles, Priory and Bensham Manor Schools. Thanks to Callie Carling, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher,CreaTEAvity Consultancy for an enjoyable session, St Giles School for sponsoring the venue and Beena Ali for making all the arrangements.
The event was an opportunity to boost your energy levels, reduce feelings of stress AND improve your physical and emotional wellbeing while joyfully connecting with others. All while learning simple laughter yoga exercises and indulging your inner child with playfulness. It is set at an easy peace along with simple yoga stretches, breathing exercises and meditation, designed to laugh yourself healthy!
Madam Mayor, Cllr Toni Letts and Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed inaugurated First event of the Foundation, First Aid Training at Methodist Church West Croydon supported by Broad Green Big Local and St Johns Ambulance. The event was oversubscribed with hundreds of people in the waiting list. The participants will receive certificates from St Johns Ambulance and it is valid for 3 years.
Dignitaries present at the event were Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark, Colonel Ian McRobbie, Queen’s representative for Croydon and Mr. Rahul Nangare, First Secretary of Indian High Commission.
A number of Councillors and representatives of community and voluntary organsiations and charities and business leaders were also present.
The speakers at the event in addition to Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed, Cllr Toni Letts OBE and Cllr Tony Newman were Mr. Richard Pacitti, Chief Executive of Mind in Croydon and Mrs. Deborah McClusky, Chair of Age UK Croydon.
Aims of the charity
1. Improve and maintain community mental wellbeing by
2. Celebrate older people’s lives.
3. Improve community wellbeing and promote the value of mindfulness.