Wellbeing event for supported housing residents
Last week, we hosted a wellbeing event for some of our supported housing residents, to celebrate World Mental Health Day.
40 residents from our mental health services gathered at Pembury Community Centre in Hackney for a day of relaxation and fun.
We wanted to help people discover new techniques to improve wellbeing and resilience. Everyone is different, and while some people get more from exercise, others may prefer painting or meditation. This event gave our residents the opportunity to try lots of different activities and find out what works for them.
The day’s activities included stress reduction techniques, shiatsu, gentle exercise, dancing, painting and creative writing.
They made smoothies from fruit donated by London-based food redistribution charity the Felix Project. One Housing invited residents from one of their supported housing schemes too, and helped provide a healthy and delicious spread of food.
The event also involved a raffle and performances by those who’d taken part in the creative writing sessions.
Selemani, one of our supported housing residents, said: “The event was good. I did the creative writing workshop and learned how to express myself in words. I’ve never done anything like it before and want to do more writing in the future. I read out my poem at the end of the day in front of everyone. I appreciate the help I’m getting from Peabody.”
Kerian, who receives tailored support added: “This event and the support I’ve received has been very nice, welcoming, warm and loving. It will help me become better.”
About our mental health services
As part of our substantial care and support provision, we provide specialist housing and support services for more than 200 people in London who need help with their mental health, often after a stay in hospital.
We work with partners to support residents as they recover, helping them become more independent, cope with past traumas and improve their overall wellbeing. These services are commissioned by local authorities.
Hackney Council’s Assistant Director of Adult Social Care & Public Health Strategic Commissioning Development, Jenny Murphy, commented:
“I can’t emphasise enough the profound difference organisations such as Peabody and One Housing make to people’s lives through their supported housing schemes and services.
“For those who are struggling with their mental health, they provide more than just a home but the support they need on their road to recovery. This event was a great example of that invaluable support in action, and a fitting way to mark World Mental Health Day.”
Danielle Leonard, Specialist Team Manager at One Housing, added:
“It was an absolute joy to work with Peabody’s colleagues for this event, and we're already planning a Christmas party together for our residents. It’s going to be great to learn from each other’s services which will generate more fresh ideas.”