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 and local town centre businesses are supporting the project by offering £50 of wellbeing services to each participant who completes the course (e.g. acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, spa services, health foods etc)
2019 is our pilot year and we will run three five week courses, that include an additional two 1:1 pre-course and post-course sessions per participant. We will also offer monthly two hour follow-on sessions over a 12 month period to consolidate and enhance learning and healing.
Our first course will run for 5 weeks from 25 February until 25 March 2019 in the Cranbrook Community Centre on the Cranbrook Estate in London's East End. Further courses are planned for June and September 2019.
Our pilot year also includes a research project, tracking the effect of the programme on individual participant’s lives.