A NEW Zoom course to help Oldhamers out of lockdown is to be hosted by the Satellite Centre in Greenfield.

The centre is launching Mindful Mondays after receiving funds from Oldham’s Recovery Grant to run weekly Mindfulness Zoom sessions which are open to everyone boroughwide.

The sessions will be led by two qualified instructors trained by Breathworks, Simon Attridge and Steve Whitehouse.

Participants will be encouraged to develop a mindful and compassionate approach to life. And the grant covers up to 40 Zoom sessions.

Mindfulness Meditation techniques can help:

to improve awareness of ourselves and other people

to notice and deal with everyday stress and anxiety

to develop a sense of mental and physical well-being

to understand our thoughts and feelings better

to wake up to our senses

to enjoy life more

Tutor Steve said: “I’m interested in various tools and techniques to help people find some creativity, get unstuck and enjoy life more fully. Mindfulness provides those tools.

Fellow tutor Simon said: “Mindful awareness developed through regular meditation and simple adjustments to daily life can become a resource for a happier, calmer life and an aid to slowing down a busy mind.”

Mindfulness is a useful tool in everyday life, though these sessions based on Breathworks’ training are designed to help relieve stress of pain and health conditions, using techniques recognised by NICE and practised by health professionals.

Trustees at the Satellite are promoting the sessions as an outreach project before running regular Mindfulness sessions at the community centre once people will be able to meet in person.

Mike Rooke, chair of the Centre’s trustees, said: “A lot of people have suffered a great deal of stress during the pandemic.Mindfulness can help us to develop a calmer, more focused approach to life…’

To find out more and obtain the Zoom link reach email at mindfulmondaysoldham@gmail.com