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Creative sessions to nurture your well-being on offer in Wisbech

Feeling tired, isolated, anxious or just struggling to make time for relaxation? Professional artist Syrah Arnold is inviting local people to join her for a new series of creative well-being sessions.

Hosted at Wisbech Tesco’s Community room, sessions will be held every third Thursday of the month starting from September from 1pm until 3.30pm, and cost just £12 per person.

Whilst people can just turn up on the day, it is recommended that anyone interested in the sessions should text Syrah on 0748 107 3878 to book a place or ask any relevant questions.

Syrah said: “I ask participants to contact me if they can so I can have a register and in the event of a cancellation I can advise people in good time. Obviously I hope that won’t be needed, but it’s something to bear in mind!”

Syrah continued: “Knowing the health and social benefits that come from creative engagement, I have done my best to make these sessions accessible to as many people as possible, with the cost to cover most materials and expenses being kept to just £12 per session, and the methods used at each workshop suitable for every ability.

“I have worked with countless people over the years who have told me they cannot draw or are not creative, who have then discovered, with the right level of support, that they are able to create work which not only surprises them but which they are proud of.

“More importantly though, through these sessions participant’s sense of well-being improves, people leave feeling refreshed and more relaxed, new ways of communicating are found and isolation and other issues tackled.

“Obviously these sessions will not solve every problem, but they are an opportunity to nurture ones well-being and the well-being of loved and cared-for family members through creativity, delivered at a pace to suit the individuals.”

Refreshments are also provided and sessions are deliberately kept small-scale so that Syrah can offer support where needed, though in a very informal and relaxed manner. Syrah creates alongside those attending these sessions, offering, as one participant commented, “enough support to encourage and enough freedom to allow self-expression.”

With over thirty years professional experience in both commercial art and community based work, Syrah also facilitates monthly creative well-being sessions for residents at a Kings Lynn care-home, where older participants with a range of health issues have created collages, drawings and paintings, and even engaged in their own mini-Holi Festival, flinging paint at canvases and themselves.

In addition to this, Syrah also facilitates sessions for people with MS in both Doddington and Littleport. These sessions are run for Arts & Minds and The Cambridge, Ely and Newmarket MS Society Group and are free for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Syrah commented: “these are totally separate from the Wisbech creative sessions, and anyone wanting to book onto these or needing more information are asked to contact Bob Bragger at bob.bragger@groups.mssociety.org.uk "

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