Take Back Your Life is a mindfulness-based project addressing chronic pain, illness and related social isolation and inactivity. The project is initially based at Cranbrook Community Centre, which is located on one of the largest housing estates in Bethnal Green in London's East End, in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK.
Chronic pain and ill-health can feel unbearable, debilitating, and unfair and often lead to depression and social isolation. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers, and can enhance the body’s natural healing systems. Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion, and insomnia that arises from chronic pain and illness.
The programme aims to give participants the tools and skills to live well with chronic pain or health conditions. This is pioneering work as mindfulness courses have rarely been offered to this target group. The courses will be offered free of charge.
We have run two five-week courses in 2019, our pilot year. These courses included an additional two 1:1 pre-course and post-course sessions per participant. We are also offering monthly two hour follow-on sessions over a 12 month period to consolidate and enhance learning and healing.
We have recently been awarded funding by Tower Hamlets Borough Council to continue with our programme for the next three and a half years. See our Facebook page for current course information:
Our courses will run in Tower Hamlets Community Centres, including the Cranbrook Community Centre on the Cranbrook Estate in Mace Street, London E2 0RB, situated off Roman Road through the arch opposite the post office.
Our pilot year included a research project, tracking the effect of the programme on individual participant’s lives. See our Case Studies, Research and Testimonials.