Mental Health Awareness Week Interview – Renew 67

Mental Health Awareness Week Interview – Renew 67


Hello! I’m Sian Rigby, and I am the Together Leicester Development Worker. I’m here in Huggelscote at Hugglescote Community Church, interviewing their Baptist minister Sarah Fegredo about a mental health well-being cafe they do with the Renew Wellbeing network. So Sarah tell us a little bit about what Renew Wellbeing is. So Renew Wellbeing is an organisation that sets up well-being spaces, Renew spaces, which we call a safe space where it’s okay not to be okay and we gather together to look after our well-being using the five ways to well-being and basically it’s about getting people together and making friends but also doing hobbies, learning new things, games, social things so we gather here once a week for Renew 67 and all sorts of folk come along and we
chat, we have cups of tea and we do crafts, games, we do quite a mean Scrabble game with awful awful words but we have fun! But also it builds on Renew’s principles where we are being present with one another where, we’re being in partnership with organisations that are also working on mental health
in the area so we’re in partnership with the District Council and the County Council and other well-being charities, and also being prayerful, so part of our experience as Christian people is that our spiritual life supports our well-being so we offer that to those who come as part of that although people are free to participate or not as they choose but actually that’s part of who we are as Christian people, and people find being still and
quiet, reflecting, taking notice of themselves and the world around them is a helpful thing to do. So we make that part of our sessions as well and that’s
what Renew Wellbeing is! Excellent! Thank you Sarah. And what made Hugglescote Community Church realise that this was something that they could do? And how did you go about setting up a Renew space, here? Well I was aware of Renew Wellbeing
before I came here three years ago but we are here today this is our church building but actually it’s a cafe so Hugglescote Community Church has a cafe which we run for the community. It’s open during the day and serves light meals and snacks and basically if you want to come and have a meal it looks like a cafe, but
it’s our church space too. But we have a lot of people who come in who’ve got all sorts of issues sometimes it’s loneliness sometimes they just need a friend sometimes they’ve got some specific difficulties, but a big issue
around here in Coalville, as in many places is mental health challenges. So we wanted to do things that would support those folks who were coming in who were specifically struggling with their mental and emotional well-being. Because I knew about we knew we got the training from them and got started and we’ve been open just over a year and it’s doing great things, people really value it. So we’re really pleased with it! Excellent! If a church in Leicestershire wanted to start to Renew Wellbeing space in their space or within their community how would they go about doing that? Well the first step would be to get in touch with me and I’m sure there will be some information on to do that and then we can come and have a chat and see what you’re thinking and go from there really! It’s very simple,
nobody needs to be a mental health professional – we are quite specifically saying we’re not. We’re people who have our own mental health struggles who have learned a few things that help along the way and we’re
offering those. But also you know just inviting people into our space and
making them welcome. So it’s not difficult to do, but do get in touch and we’ll have a chat with you Excellant! Thank you very much Sarah.

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