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Brunelcare Lead the Way with Mindfulness

Brunelcare, a Bristol based charity providing housing, care and support for older people in the South West for over 75 years, is set to open mindfulness sessions to the wider care sector. Karolina Nowadczyk, Team Leader and Mindfulness Counsellor at Brunelcare, wowed the audience with her passion for mindfulness in care when appearing as a guest speaker at the Care and Support West meeting last month.

Having a great response from other care centre managers from outside Brunelcare, the charity are running three pilot sessions, all taking place at Brunelcare’s Deerhurst Care Home, located in Soundwell, to spread the importance of mindfulness in care.

Karolina said: “I’m very much looking forward to the pilot sessions as I’m passionate about people looking after themselves when looking after others. If the sessions go well and are a success we would love to rule them out across Brunelcare on a permanent basis for the wider care sector and soon to the public to attend.”

The sessions will focus on recognising and understanding the signs of stress in the workplace and how stress responses can be harmful to your body affecting your day-to-day work. The sessions will practice mindfulness techniques to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety and will teach evidence-based ways of improving general mental health.

Karolina has already ran two sessions at the beginning of November with the third session taking place on 25th November, 9am – 12pm. Each session can host up to eight people. The sessions cost just £50 for the three hour session and refreshments will be provided on the day alongside free onsite parking.

Karolina has worked for Brunelcare for 12 years and has trained to become a Counsellor, obtaining a level 4 qualification in Humanistic Counselling and level 5 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Find out more about attending a mindfulness session by contacting Lesley Hobbs, Deerhurst Care Home Manager, lesley.hobbs@brunelcare.org.uk.