Wellbeing week promotes positive mental health for Barnsley business community

Business people in Barnsley are being encouraged to take part in a wellbeing week to promote positive mental health in the workplace.

Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre (DMC) has joined forces with UPLIFT Barnsley to host its first wellbeing week from 18 to 22 June.

During the week a series of free classes, workshops and informal networking events, including yoga, tai chi and stress management classes, will take place on the rooftop of the DMC which overlooks the Dearne Valley. The week will end with a rooftop ‘chill out’ night on Friday 22 June.

UPLIFT is a wellbeing programme set up by Creative Recovery – a charity that uses creativity to support recovery, boost wellbeing and bring about social change in Barnsley.

A sound installation by Barnsley artist and co-founder of Creative Recovery, Hayley Youell, and artist Andy Seward, will form the backdrop to activities on the roof, promoting a sense of calm.

The artists were commissioned by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) as part of the ‘Art of the Dearne’. The compositions are designed to connect people to the River Dearne which runs through the heart of the Dearne Valley, but is often hidden and overlooked.

According to the Office for National Statistics, Britons took 137 million sick days in 2016. Of these, 15.8 million days were for a mental health issue, including stress, anxiety, and even more serious conditions such as manic depression and schizophrenia.

Tracey Johnson, project director at the Digital Media Centre (DMC), said: “At the DMC we are keen to encourage positive mental health for our digital business community here and the sound installation will help create a really different place for people to come and spend time.

“The rooftop at the DMC has been designed with thoughtful planting, bean bags and seating and looks out across the beautiful landscape of the Dearne Valley, making it the perfect place to host the sessions and create an oasis of calm for businesses in the DMC and visitors.”

During the week visitors can book to enjoy the view and sound installation or book a place onto one of the workshops or classes. For more information on the wellbeing week at the Digital Media Centre, visit:

  • Picture shows the Barnsley Digital Media Centre

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