HERE was created by Dana Dyksterhuis and Jen Armstrong to bring mindfulness and mental health support to families. With her MSc in Developmental and Educational Psychology, along with yoga and mindfulness work with families, Jen brings an incredible, compassionate mindset. As a startup founder and mum, Dana knows firsthand the amazing benefits of Jen’s expertise due to Jen's help with her family... Help that is so invaluable, the two created HERE, with Om:Pops as a part of it, to offer this support to everyone. Om:Pop team members include Karin Schrijvers & Aoife Baigent.
Feedback from a parent at our Melcombe Primary School Om:Pop: "Just to say thank you. I attended the Mindfulness Workshop and it was so nice, a very relaxing environment. I just loved it there. I hope to see more of it also for parents too."
We need your help to make this happen so please pledge what you can! Even £5 will go a long way to help us bring mindful support to London families during the Om:Pop and after.
What we'll deliver:
- Family bonding time through yoga and mindfulness.
- Life skills to help children and parents cope with stress, anxiety and challenges.
- Exercise, creativity and fun!
- Continued support after the pop-ups via our digital communities.
Why it's a great idea:
At HERE, we offer mindfulness and mental health support to families through yoga and mindfulness.
From stress to mental health issues, families are in critical need of wellbeing support and resources are lacking. For parents, this can result in feelings of failure and low emotional energy that can have a heavy cost on the household. For children, it can result in low self-confidence, anxiety and worse.
Studies show that yoga and mindfulness help! So much so, many organisations such as the "Heads Together" by The Royal Foundation and "Healthy London" by the NHS and The Mayor of London's office are working to offer help to community members.
Families need support and we are here to help. It's our tagline: Here For You For Them. Join us not only to learn skills to help you breathe and relax, but also to help you through tough life moments too. Not to mention, family time, exercise and bonding! The help doesn't end with the Om:Pop - We have digital communities for ongoing support too.
Steps to get it done:
- Secure Locations - DONE! (4 locations secured thus far)
- Schedule and Confirm Classes and Sessions
- Classes Begin!
With your help, when we meet our fundraising goal, we will be able to provide a minimum of 10-15 Om:Pop's in the Hammersmith & Fulham area, all of which will be free for families to attend.
We are working to secure several H&F venues and are thrilled to announce four of them: Two with the GLL Foundation include Lillie Road Fitness Centre in Fulham and the Hammersmith Fitness And Squash Centre, the Linden House along the Thames Path and Randolph Beresford Family Centre. Anything over our goal means more Om:Pops and more families we can reach as a result!
Our events go alongside our online work of supporting the mental health and wellbeing of families, further spreading our knowledge of mindfully focused tips, yoga poses, activities, products and more. This includes online mindful toolboxes with take-away tips, yoga poses, breathing exercises, affirmations and mindful activities.
Please consider a pledge today... We thank you for your support in our mission! Here for you, for them.