A wellbeing hub hoping to transform the mental health of youngsters has been awarded lottery funding to continue promoting positive mental wellbeing.

Community Wellbeing Hub (CWH), based within Ayrshire Healing Centre in Maybole, has received £10,000 from The National Lottery to provide a six-week block for young people and families to explore different techniques including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, self massage and art therapy.

Founders Anya Rae and Ruth Kenny have a wealth of experience between them to help those in the community, including working with young people and adults with additional support needs, autistic and ADHD children, homeless and adults with addictions.

Ruth, a yoga teacher for 14 years, said: “It was Anya’s dream to set this up and because we know each other it was a good opportunity to combine our skills.

“When I teach the meditation we provide, it’s small techniques within one so it’s a nice holistic therapy where the person that’s practicing it has control over it.

“It’s something that can be practiced by themselves.

“Anxiety can arrive at your doorstep at any time, so it’s being able to be in an outside environment and doing different techniques that you can use to de-escalate anxiety levels and promote some of the techniques you can use before going into a situation.

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“I want to create space and opportunities for adults and young people to unlearn all the limiting conditions they have placed upon themselves and reach their full potential.

“There are many paths we can choose to help promote wellbeing; when we have that love and respect for ourselves anything is truly possible.”

CWH have also received funding from VASA to provide an outdoor activity which looks to reconnect volunteers and the community using an outdoor space.

CWH have a welcome session on October 10 to give the community and local organisations a flavour of what they will be offering.

And as well as offering the six-week block, CWH also offers free drop-in sessions on a Thursday evening (from Sep 30) at 8pm until the 6-week blocks commence on October 21 to November 25.

Please contact [email protected] to find out how to book your drop-in session or sign up for the free six-week block.

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