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Wander along The Waterways works wonders for residents’ wellbeing

31 January 2022

Woburn House residents have been braving the breezy weather and taking advantage of the great outdoors to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

As part of Sanctuary Supported Living’s Great Yarmouth Homeless Supported Housing, Woburn House provides support for adults aged 18 or over, who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

Project Worker Stuart Buchan posing with two swans swimmingProject Worker, Stuart, who organised the ‘Woburn Walks’

Walking The Waterways, was the first of Woburn’s Wellbeing Walks, which have been organised by Project Worker, Stuart Buchan. He said: “Walking in the fresh air helps clear my head so I thought these walks would be a good opportunity for the residents to enjoy their local surroundings whilst looking after their mental health. We’re lucky to have the beach and The Waterways here, and this Time to Talk Day is a good motivator to think about ways to look after our mental health.”

This Time to Talk Day is a good motivator to think about ways to look after our mental health

Project Worker, Stuart Buchan

Physically - walking is a great way to keep fit, but the benefits for emotional well-being are just as important. Resident, Dean*, said: “As we walked, we talked, and enjoyed spotting the ducks, swans and herons. I’m looking forward to exploring the seaside on future Wellbeing Walks.”

Mental health has an enormous impact on residents’ health and wellbeing and forms a large part of Sanctuary Supported Living’s support to residents, as they work towards living independently and breaking the cycle of homelessness.

The ingredients of a Woburn Walk - being physically active and connecting with nature and other people – is hoped will be a recipe for success.  Beachcombing and picnics on the beach are already being planned along with cycling activities to help maintain residents’ wellbeing.

For more information about Sanctuary Supported Living's homelessness services, or mental health services, see our homelessness pagemental health page, read residents' stories or find a service near you.

*Not his real name. Dean’s name has been changed to protect his privacy.

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