Community | Salford Mental Health Charity to feature at Tatton Flower Show

START, a mental health charity celebrating 25 years of working in Salford have been chosen to feature in this year’s RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park from 18th – 22nd July 2018.
START will be part of ‘The Bus Stop Boulevard’, a street scene lined with upcycled bus stops, with the charity’s design ‘The Buzz Stop’ inspired by the powerful symbol of the Manchester Bee.
The Bus Stop Boulevard, supported by Bruntwood aims to champion greening and growing in an effort to create healthier and more sustainable cities. The RHS  have partnered with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) for the second year and selected four finalists from across Greater Manchester to design planted-up bus stops as part of the 25m long Bus Stop Boulevard.
START are proud to have been chosen for this opportunity and staff and volunteers have been working hard to pull their ‘Buzz Stop’ vision together.
Ben Thomas of START Creative comments: “There are over 250 types of bee in Britain, all with slightly different characteristics.
The Buzz Stop is a place for them to meet up, stay over and stock up on pollen! Our design will be filled with pollinator- friendly plants, honeycomb and beehive-inspired planters and structures made from Manchester larch, and will hopefully be a hive of activity during the show for both bees and the public. We really are buzzin’!”
The mental health charity will also be showing visitors to ‘The Buzz Stop’ how to improve their own ‘Well-Beeing,’ encouraging people to Connect, Be Active, Take notice, Keep Learning and Give.
For more information visit their website here.

Offload and START sessions with the Red Devils

Salford Red Devils Foundation are pleased to announce that ‘Offload’ sessions will be returning to the Red Devils and are inviting all males to contact us and come down on Monday 4th September.
The sessions run consecutively for 10 weeks between Monday 4th September and Monday 6th November at 7:30pm in the Red Devils Foundation classrooms at the The Salford Stadium.
The Offload campaign gives participants the chance to go behind the scenes at Salford Red Devils and learn about the mental fitness techniques used by professional players.
Members will then be advised on how to combat these skills in every-day life such as work-life balance, relationships and dealing with stress. Participants will also have access to free training sessions such as fitness sessions and masters.
Offload session will be run alongside START’s Inspiring Minds creative arts sessions which will start on Tuesday 31st October and help with anxiety, negative thoughts and bring about some inner peace.
People can pick from a handful of creative sessions including calligraphy, ceramics, gardening, photography, visual arts and woodturning.
Previous members of the offload sessions have felt an improved wellbeing, self-worth and confidence after attending as well as having the opportunity to interact with others, build relationships, receive help and guidance and get involved in their local community.
More details can be found at the Salford Red Devils Foundation website, click here.
If you are interested in signing up for the sessions then contact the Red Devils Foundation by E-Mailing joanne.shepherd@salfordreddevils.net or phoning 0161 786 1591.

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