On Monday 20th February, a group of our young service users participated in a Wellbeing and Yoga Workshop. This took place at Bob Jones Community Hub, Wolverhampton.
Children affected by Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia blood disorders often face significant physical, emotional and mental challenges that can make it difficult for them to engage in regular physical activity.
Yoga has been found to be an effective way to promote physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing and mindfulness. The young people were taught various yoga poses and breathing techniques all tailored to their individual needs and abilities.
After yoga, the young people got involved in a discussion on the challenges they face at school and at home because of their conditions. They then collectively shared experiences and ways they've dealt with their own challenges in the past which may help others.
Events like these provide a chance for children to engage in activities that promote their physical, mental and emotional well-being. It also allows them to connect with others who have shared similar experiences. This is important for young people with serious health conditions as they can develop feelings of isolation and being different to their peers.
"I like the activities we get to do. Also, there's always a range of events so you can enjoy different activities"- Young person affected by Sickle cell.
All the young people who got involved felt like they benefited from this workshop. Thank you to Grantham Yorke Trust for making this possible.