In November 2016 we initiated a year-long project, offering Thay’s mindfulness teachings and practice to under-represented communities within Greater Manchester: The project aims to offer learning about engaged Buddhism and peace-making.
We are currently working with:
Cornerstones (Manchester): a Catholic Charity providing meals, clothing, benefit advice and accommodation for up to 300 people per day including: migrants, refugees, people on low incomes and those with addiction problems.
Fur Clemp: a Food Kitchen in Wigan Greater Manchester offering meals to over 200 people per day – The managers of the project are considering if a mindful eating /consumption course could be offered at the kitchen this year.
At Cornerstones we are providing:
- Drop in mindfulness sessions for a mixed group of people including people on low incomes and some members with or may have had addiction problems.
- Mindfulness course for refugees mainly from Iran and Syria.
- 1-2-1 mindfulness coaching
We are mentoring a facilitator at Cornerstones (a sangha member and facilitator who works with these groups) to continue the work when the project ends.
We also aim to approach a charity that works with the families of people in prison to identify any opportunities there.
If you would like to know more contact Dene Donalds using the form opposite.