SUNFLOWER COMMUNITY PROJECT

MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUR COMMUNITY

We are based in Harlow, Essex covering East Herts and West Essex.

NEWS!

We are looking for Volunteers to help out our growing community.

Our Create for Wellbeing is officially open!

We meet Most Fridays at Staple Tye Library from 10-1pm. Come and get creative with us.

We will be creating journals as an ongoing project.

October 22nd we will start our 6 week Creative writing programme. 

Contact us if interested on the contact form below

We are now taking referrals!

Please contact us via referrals@sunflowerproject.org.uk 

"There is no greater agony then bearing an untold story alone"

Maya Angelou

About the Sunflower Project

We are a new established non-profit organisation that was born out of a community minded project that has been running from end of 2019. Since Covid 2019 and understanding the need for mental health services we decided to take the next step.

Now we are looking for directors that have the time and passion to put in to a small non-profit Social Enterprise. We are also looking for volunteers to help keep the organisation ticking along. 

Unfortunately we are unable to take any more referrals at this time, but please keep checking back. In the meantime please go to our resources or collaborators sections to see if there is anything that may be of use to you.  Also check out the calendar for upcoming events and the weekly drop-ins.

Services

1 to 1

We will be offering 1 to 1 low cost counselling, either via zoom or face to face. Our counselling is regularly £35 per session and we offer counselling at a lower cost of £10 per session for those that are struggling financially. Self-Referral can be made by downloading and filling in the referral form, and sending to referrals. By using the contact form below, alternatively you can email admin for a copy of the referral form.

Groups

Our groups will vary from Women or Men only, wellbeing drop in groups, to structed low cost time limited groups, such as Anxiety, and Self-Esteem. The drop in groups we ask for a minimal donation of £3. The structured groups are a set amount for the course. We will be starting a self esteem group on Thursday mornings for 8 weeks at a cost of £80. If you are interested please contact us via our form below.

Creativity

Courses coming in September: creative writing, journaling, painting, anything creative. Meditation, gong baths, mindfulness. We have a once a month creative group, that runs on a Friday or a Saturday. Please see calendar below for next session. We will begin our weekly creative drop in classes on September 3rd at 10am until 1pm. If you are interested in joining us please contact us via our form below.

Connectivity

A place to connect with others that maybe feeling similar to you. Building stronger communities with collaborations and our services.

What we offer

Women's wellbeing group.

This is a closed drop in group. Discussing everyday life around women’s health and wellbeing. 

Full assessment is needed to attend this group.

If you would you are interested please contact us via email or the contact form below.

Wellbeing Drop in Group

Wednesday evenings from 8pm-9pm via online. Check in, discuss your challenges or success’ for the week, and end on a positive reflection.

No waiting lists to attend, just a quick assessment to see if the group is suitable for you or if you are suitable for the group.

Click link to register, send us an email, or use the contact form below

Creative For Well-being Drop in group

We run this group most Friday’s from 10-1pm. We will alternate locations. Friday 17th is held at Changing Lives hub

This is a group that can be as a compliment to your counselling or if you are on the waiting list for counselling. We are also encouraging drop ins

If you are interested please contact us via email or the contact form below

1 to 1 Counselling

Counselling is a journey, and every journey is different. It takes commitment, and risk, to do something different. We also know that 6-12 sessions is not enough to work on deep rooted difficulties, this is why we offer long term counselling.

If you are interested please contact us via email or the contact form below.

Poems From our Create for Wellbeing group on Friday

Pebbles and stones

A collaborative poem inspired by a collection of pebbles and stones, each participant responding to the previous line.

 

What do you hold in your crevices?

Is there a secret within your frame?

volcanic, flint, prized granite,

chalky, grey and red-veined,

something else before you turned to stone,

being sanded day after day,

I put you in my pocket, enjoy the weight,

you always cool my hot hands,

comforted by the smooth hardness,

shaped by the elements, a piece of history,

a glimpse of preciousness just shining through,

O’ Pebble and Bam Bam.

Photo Inspirations

Each person offered a line or two from their own poem they had created about a photo they had chosen.

Cold frosty morning, Crispy crunchy under feet, Slow trickle of the river, contemplating, reflecting, freeing my soul.

Blue sky filters gaps in trees, calm, serene this gentle breeze.

There’s laughter but its empty, it reminds me of home but I’ve never lived by the sea.

Looking at the piecing blue sky in complete contentment. I wonder if i could touch the cloud, i would feel a warm hug from the sunshine.

The deep shade of Blue sea, god I miss cake!

In Collaboration with...

The Centre of Wellbeing

Butterfly Effect Wellbeing

The organisation’s social and support group  “offers a safe space to come and relax have a cup of tea/coffee and some cake. You can come and just relax and to be around people or you are welcome to join in with an activity. We have a craft room, puzzles, word search books and will be having speakers come in to talk about a variety of different subjects. As it gets warmer we will also be adding walking groups or joining existing walking groups in the area. We offer a kind ear to anyone who is suffering and if we can not help, will point you in the right direction.” Tuesday’s 11-1pm.

Please visit their website for more information.

They also offer Mediation in the evening on a Tuesday at a cost of £5

Changing Lives

Changing lives is a place for children. Please visit their website for more information.

 

Walkies Wednesday with Sian

Roles and Vacancies

Ambassadors

More about becoming an ambassador for The Sunflower Community Project to follow.

Collaborator

The Sunflower Community Project is a newly registered non-profit, small, and growing voluntary organisation that would like to collaborate with other non-profit organisations and companies, charities, and voluntary groups.

To help us grow we are particularly keen to collaborate from the local community within West Essex and East Herts specifically:

  • Local voluntary groups within the Mental Health and Wellbeing sector
  • Low cost counselling services
  • Private counsellors that would be happy to offer an hour or two at a reduced rate

If this feels like something you could be a part of please contact us using the contact form below.

Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers, email us for details

Self Help: Book Suggestions

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Short read about Change.

Can be found fairly reasonably priced, second-hand.

Counselling for Toads by Robert de Board

  This can be an expensive book depending on where you get it from. This book is about counselling and its process, appropriate for anyone starting counselling.

psst…the library might get it in for you. 

The Body Remember by Babette Rothschild

This is a book that is best read when you are in therapy or have done work on yourself in regards to trauma. The book is geared more towards the therapist but still a valuable asset to have.  This can be an expensive book depending on where you get it from.
psst…the library might get it in for you. 

A Parents Guide to Understanding and Motivating Children by Betty Lou Bettner and Amy Lew.

A Parents handbook, or guide, to making steps to feeling less stress around children’s behaviours.  Can be found second hand on the internet, sometimes expensive. 

The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Chatterjee

Easy, common sense book to help change your lifestyle in relation to sleep, exercise, eating, and relaxing

Can be found fairly reasonably priced, second-hand

Art for Mindfulness - Landscapes. Patterns by Joe Bright.

  ‘Colour your way to better focus’ 

If you like to colour without having to draw something first, this is a good place to start. This book also offers quotes to ponder over as you colour the landscape pictures.

BREATE magazine

Breathe magazine is full of ideas and challenges, articles and suggestion to help/guide you in your journey of self-discovery. This magazine can be purchased at most newsagents. They also offer a magazine for teenagers, called TEEN Breathe, and books: Be Brave, Be Kind, Be Calm, and Be Happy.

Books can be found second hand.

Zentangle Journalling by Mary Jane Holcroft

If you loved doodling as a child, Zentangle is a mindful way of doodling again. With exercises and examples you can create a plethora of doodles, combined with journaling to ‘enrich your life’.

Cost: £8 (at time of posting this book).

We do not in anyway earn any monies from suggestion the books above. These books are suggestions we feel that may be of use on your journey of self discovery and awareness. If you are with a therapist please talk through what you discover in the pages of your books. 

Reading Well for mental health: find helpful books at your local library

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Please also click on the icons below to find more books from the The Reading Agency

Websites

Frazzled Café 

Taken from the website: “Frazzled Cafe meetings are not about therapy or offering solutions. They provide a safe and confidential space where people can speak openly without worrying about judgement amongst a group of peers who understand how it feels to be frazzled. What is said in the meetings stays in the meetings. If you are asked how you are, there is never any need to answer with ‘I’m fine, thanks’.”

They offer three types of meetings. Head to their website and see if this is a place for you.

Apps for your phone

Calm Harm –  

Insight Timer –  

TED Talks

Brene Brown – The Power of vulnerability

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