bnhc outreach projects

bmecpyoga

All profits from our community events and classes are reinvested into the programme. The money we raise, along with grants from funders and time donated by our trustees, staff and volunteers, enables us to run classes for those who might not be able to come to our centre.

Our current projects include:

NEW! Monthly Yoga classes for Women at Brighton Women's Centre (BWC) (Mar 2019 - ongoing)

WHEN: First Friday of the month 2-3pm - 7 June, 5 July, 2 Aug, 6 Sept...

WHERE: Brighton Women's Centre, 22 Richmond Place, BN2 9NA.

COST: Drop-in by Donation (£1-£6, all donations go to the BWC)

WHO: Open to all women, including complete beginners. Limited to 6 places, contact BWC to book.

In June 2018 we ran a 2 hour low-cost yoga workshop furthering our charitable mission to share the benefits of body-mind-breath practices within our community - aimed at those who may not otherwise afford to access a workshop or mini-relaxation retreat. As well as being offered at low-cost, all proceeds went towards providing free classes to support a community group we feel would benefit. We approached the Brighton Women's Centre (BWC) who were delighted to collaborate with us. The original funds raised covered the cost of about 3 classes, but we have decided to self-fund these monthly classes. We will be running monthly yoga classes on Fridays, 2-3pm starting on 1 March 2019. 

Each class with have a theme.

For more information about these classes please contact BWC directly by email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or telephone 01273 698036.

Yoga classes for female migrants, refugees or asylum seekers (Sept 2014 - ongoing)

WHEN: Every Friday (except Bank Holidays) 11.15am-12.15pm

WHERE: BMECP Centre, 10A Fleet Street, BN1 4ZE

COST: Drop in FREE (donations welcome to support the class)

WHO: Open to female refugees & migrants.

In 2014/2015 we started a Big Lottery funded yoga project with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and we achieved some great outcomes. After the original funding ran out, we decided to continue to self-fund the weekly class for female refugees and migrants at the BMECP Centre. We continue funding this ongoing project using any profits from classes at the Centre as well as from any additional one-off donations made to the Brighton Natural Health Centre Charity. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Read our evaluation document here.

Our project evaluation found:

  • 87% (n20) of students strongly agreed/agreed that ‘Yoga makes me feel calmer’ and that ‘yoga makes me feel healthier’.
  • 96% (n22) of students strongly agreed/agreed that ‘I feel supported and safe in classes’ and ‘I enjoy the classes’.

Students, teachers and stakeholders told us:


“Students have said they feel stronger and healthier” – Migrant English Project staff

“…I think the classes made the students more outgoing. They weren’t as isolated and stressed as before” – BMECP staff

“[The yoga classes] made me feel a little better…this helped me to come and forget about the depression” – student

“We feel energised. Some of us have never really done exercise before so it’s nice that we get to walk to the class, do the class and then walk home” – student

“The teacher has been so very very good to me. She held me in a special way from the group because of my pain” – student (who suffers with chronic lower back pain)

Ongoing support for outreach projects


Often funders will support new projects for a limited time. The money we raise through our community programme enables us to continue established classes after the initial funding has ended, so students can benefit in the longer term.

Donate, sponsor or fundraise

We estimate that it costs £10 per student per class to run the programme. Do you have any ideas on how we can strengthen the BNHC community? Do you have any time to offer to help us run the programme? If you would like to volunteer or have any suggestions regarding sources of sponsorship or charitable income then please get in touch with us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Past successes

Our Tai Chi Project at BHT First Basetaichioutreach


During 2015 we ran Tai Chi classes at BHT First Base Rough Sleeper Day Centre. Tai Chi exercise can make you healthy, strong and flexible. It requires no special equipment and can be done anywhere. Benefits include increased confidence, reduced stress, more energy and a generally improved sense of wellbeing and happiness.

Read our evaluation document here.

We asked students what they learned or enjoyed about the class and they told us:


"Lovely group, friendly, learnt about the movement of the body, posture and relaxing, would like to come back"

"Learning about correct posture and the benefits of this"

"[I have learnt] how to relax... staying calm in a stressful situation"

"Very interesting introduction, I would like to learn some more"

"[I have learnt how to] save on energy, when no need to use so much and how to relax..."

"I find it very interesting and I can feel progress"

"Healthy, friendly exercise"

Lighthouse Yoga Project (Oct 2015 - Jul 2016 / Oct - Dec 2017)

Lighthouse yoga project for people with mental health concerns

Team Domenica Yoga Project (Nov 2016 - Jul 2017)

Team Domenica yoga project for young adults with learning disabilities


 

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