For patients and carers Support for families & carers Our groups and classes Activities for patients and carers – a place to meet new people, share experiences and have fun. Art therapy Art therapy gives you the opportunity to express your inner emotions and thoughts in a visual, creative way. You don’t have to be good at art, and your creations won’t be judged. Our small group is run by Judith Williams – a qualified art therapist. The group is free of charge but, if you’re able to, we’d appreciate a donation of £5 per session. Sessions are on Friday afternoons and each course of art therapy runs for six weeks. Good vibrations choir Our choir is a great way to have fun, meet people and feel uplifted. It’s open to everyone – patients, carers, family members, Martlets volunteers and local people. You don’t need experience, and you don’t have to be a great singer – you just need to have a passion for music. To find out more information about the choir, you can contact our Day Services team on 01273 273400 or [email protected]. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 6 pm - 8 pm (please arrive for 5.45 pm) and Friday afternoons from 3 - 5 pm (please arrive for 2.45 pm). The choir is free to join and open to all, but we’d like to suggest a £5 donation per session to help cover our costs. To book your place, simply call Martlets Day Services on 01273 273400 or email us on [email protected]. Tai Chi The slow, purposeful movements of Tai Chi Qigong have many health and emotional benefits. You’ll be controlling your energy (Qi) through your breath, movement and meditation – seated or standing – in a gradual way. As it’s a gentle form of exercise the classes are perfect for beginners and experts alike. They’re open to all ages, levels of fitness and mobility. Come and join us weekly on Thursdays from 3 pm - 4 pm (please arrive for 2.45 pm). Tai Chi is not taking place during August and will restart on Thursday 15th September 2016. Sow & Grow gardening group Get some fresh air, make new friends, and connect with nature in the beautiful Martlets garden. Our trained horticulture therapist will guide you through light gardening tasks including seed sowing, planting, weeding and cultivation of our raised beds. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to join in, and you can choose to sit or stand during each session. The group is open to patients and carers and will take place on a weekly basis until the end of Nov 2016. The group is free of charge but, if you’re able to, we’d appreciate a donation of £5 per session. Sessions will run every Thursday morning between 10-12 pm (please arrive for 9.45 am). Relaxation and Mindfulness Developing a healthy attitude to cope with difficult situations is something we can all learn. During a session we’ll teach you how to develop the mental strength to work through those moments and cope with them better in the future. Drop-in sessions take place fortnightly on Tuesdays between 1-2pm (please arrive for 12.45 pm) and are open to everyone. The group is free of charge but, if you’re able to, we’d appreciate a donation of £5 per session Living life – our spirituality group Get together with a group of people to talk about what’s important to you in life. Led by our chaplain, the Living Life group covers topics as varied as relationships, joy, family and gratitude. Our next Living Life group will start on Wednesday 28th September from 1-2pm and will take place every second Wednesday. Life Writing Do you write regularly or have you never written before? Either way, this group is for you! Get together with a group of people to write in a safe and supportive environment and have fun sharing what you have written within the group. We meet every Friday from 1-2.30 pm and the group is open to everyone. The group is free of charge but, if you’re able to, we’d appreciate a donation of £5 per session Pamper Suite Come along and have a pamper! We run a popular hairdressing afternoon where you can have your hair washed, cut and blow-dried. Our professionally qualified volunteer hairdressers will help you to switch off and relax. Pamper Suite sessions take place one afternoon a week and can be used by our patients and carers. You can book an appointment by calling our Day Services team on 01273 273400 or email us on [email protected]. These sessions are free of charge but, if you’re able to, we’d appreciate a donation of £10.