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We are passionate about empowering people and communities to embrace  mindful movement for a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Healthy Communities, Healthy City, Healthy Planet

Here at Brighton Natural Health Foundation, we are busy supporting local communities to access Mindful Movement sessions such as yoga, qigong and Pilates.

It's the highlight of my week. I appreciate so much having an hour to focus on me, to empty my mind and relax amongst friends. I always leave feeling better. Thank you! (Sarah, weekly yoga class)

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 An ever-growing evidence base

shows that mindfulness and mindful movement practices can make a major contribution to health, wellbeing, rehabilitation and disease prevention and we are committed to making them available throughout our city.

We work with Partners

such as charities, voluntary organisations and community groups in the city, including in the most deprived areas. We identify local needs and help deliver services to people who might not normally access them.

BNHF builds strong relationships with the NHS, the Council, schools, health services and GP surgeries,

serving as a reliable first point of reference for health professionals and social prescribers seeking accredited and experienced teachers/trainers for those with mental, physical or social needs.

online health and well-being classes and courses

BNHF provides free and low-cost classes in mindfulness, relaxation techniques, yoga, tai chi, pilates, dance and similar activities from experienced and qualified teachers.

BNHF provides qualified teachers

and free and low-cost classes in mindfulness, relaxation techniques, yoga, tai chi, pilates, dance and similar activities.

The need we are addressing

A Brighton and Hove Council publication recently highlighted the considerable mental health and well-being challenges facing our City, including the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and the cost-of-living crisis.

Similarly, Sport England has published a national strategy to tackle health inequalities and health challenges, and to encourage wider participation in grassroots physical activity.

How we are addressing the need

BNHF will play an important role in improving the well-being of Brighton and Hove’s residents who are struggling with their mental, physical and social health. Partnering with multiple communities throughout the City we will offer skilled and vetted class leaders to run sessions in mindful movement practices proven to support physical and emotional wellbeing.

about Brighton Natural Health Foundation

Brighton Natural Health Foundation (BNHF) is the new name of Brighton Natural Health Centre (BNHC), a registered charity No. 290122 founded by Infinity Foods in 1981 as its educational arm. Its charitable object is ”to promote and advance the education of the public in the field of healthcare, nutrition and related subjects”.

Since 1982 BNHC has promoted the benefits of all-round health for body, mind and planet with a special focus on mental health and wellbeing. We have provided numerous free and paid classes for multiple users, including young adults with learning difficulties; people experiencing homelessness; female refugees, migrants and asylum seekers; female trauma survivors; and long Covid sufferers.

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Partners

The following is a list of partners who have agreed to join with us 

Supported by public health and communities, Equality & Third Sector Teams at Brighton & Hove City Council who have given advice and expressed enthusiasm for the project.

Brighton Yoga Foundation (BYF)

- a registered charity which for many years has run a highly successful weekly programme of community outreach classes for mental health, homelessness, and recovery from trauma and abuse. 

Sussex Mindfulness NHS centre

aims to improve the wellbeing and mental health of all people who can benefit from mindfulness by running programmes, training teachers, and conducting research.

Together Co

A loneliness charity that creates connections to change lives through befriending, social prescribing and volunteering in Brighton & Hove and beyond.

Hangleton & Knoll Project

- a registered charity which for many years has run a highly successful weekly programme of community outreach classes for mental health, homelessness, and recovery from trauma and abuse. 

Jing Advanced Massage and Training

is a hands-on & on-line massage training school, that has been revolutionising the massage industry in the UK since 2003. It is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence.

Lovebrook

An ecological wellbeing project in the South Downs; market garden, orchard, therapeutic wellbeing days, farm shop, and plans for a forest garden, rewilding, chalk grassland, woodland planting and camping.

The following organisations have also agreed to support the project

Trust for Developing Communities, Manor Road Gym, BELTA, About Balance, Revitalise, Humankind studio, Studio 16 Pilates, UMEUS, Unit 4, Lushtums

other organisations with whom we are in discussion include

Infinity Foods, Albion in the Community, Green Well-Being Alliance, Active Sussex, the Bevy, Chamber of Commerce, Free University of Brighton