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Caritas Anchor House residents attend mindfulness retreat at Abbotswick

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Caritas Anchor House residents attend mindfulness retreat at Abbotswick

30th November 2016
This month, Caritas Anchor House residents and staff attended a wellbeing retreat in the beautiful surrounds of Abbotswick, a country house in Brentwood, Essex.

The three day retreat at Abbotswick is to provide our residents, many of whom experience complex needs, with a safe space to wind down and reflect away from busy Inner London, in an environment which is green, quiet and peaceful.

Seven residents and two Lifestyle Architect attended, from 23-25 November, and participated in various events designed to improve their wellbeing, including silent walks, mindfulness sessions and group discussion. The residents were able to create a connection with each other, and in the evenings, a bonfire night was held, as well as film nights.

One resident said, “This is the first time I have been to Abbotswick, or any retreat! The activities were really great, particularly the mindfulness session which helped me to put things into perspective and I’ve learnt some coping strategies for the future.”

Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said, “The wellbeing of our residents is central to Caritas Anchor House’s work, and we continually invest in activities to help support our residents with mental health needs.

“At Abbotswick, our residents are able to leave their - sometimes chaotic – daily lives behind for three days to enjoy some relaxation and reflection, and the retreat has proven to create positive memories and improved wellbeing”. 

Click here to read more about our Wellbeing Programme.

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