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Help shape a new wellbeing programme at Delapré Abbey

Warts and All Theatre is running a series of informal workshops next week to hear your thoughts on what sort of health and wellbeing-boosting activities you’d like to see take place at the historic Abbey and Delapré Park.

Your thoughts and ideas will feed into the development of the town’s first ‘Green Happy Café’ – a wellbeing hub being developed by Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust, Action for Happiness Northamptonshire, Warts and All Theatre, The General Practice Alliance Federation, Northampton Leisure Trust, and the University of Northampton.

The project is one of 37 from across the country to receive funding from the Thriving Communities Fund which is delivered in partnership by National Academy for Social Prescribing, Arts Council England, Historic England and Natural England, NHS England and Improvement, Sport England, the Money & Pensions Service and NHS Charities Together. The fund has been set up to support communities to address the issues that they face as a result of Covid-19.

The programme will empower people across the town to have control over their health and wellbeing and will focus on arts and culture experiences, community decision making, volunteer training, social groups to form relationships, a variety of exercise classes, mindfulness, skills building, and resilience through talking therapies.

Christopher Elmer-Gorry, Artistic Director and CEO of Warts and All Theatre, said:
It’s a fantastic opportunity to create a programme of activity that is co-designed and embeds individuals in active decision making. By shaping wellbeing activities that truly reflects what the community want and need, we will ensure that communities have an active voice in the creation of the programme. This approach will in turn enable the community to thrive, celebrate its success and own the impact.”

Richard Clinton, Chief Executive of Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust, said:
We’re excited to welcome the community to the Abbey to share their thoughts and ideas on shaping this new programme of wellbeing activities. The Abbey is a community asset and a space for everyone to relax and enjoy whilst connecting with heritage and nature, which is vital after the year that we’ve all had”.

What would you like to see? Arts and crafts sessions? Nature walks? Drama activities? Come and share your ideas – the sessions are taking place:

  • 3 sessions at Delapré Abbey on Monday 28th June, 11am – 12:30pm, 1:30pm – 3 pm, 7pm – 8:30pm
  • 1 online session on Tuesday 6th July, 7pm – 8:30pm

Book your free ticket here.