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2015 / June

June newsletter

9th June 2015

The sun is out and the bees are busying themselves around us as we write this newsletter. It’s good to feel the sun on our skin, listen to the world around us and marvel at modern technology, which enables us to work outdoors!


Carer’s week UK – 8-14 June 2015

Carer’s week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring. The focus this year is on building Carer Friendly Communities. In the UK alone there are 6.5 million people caring for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. Statistics show three out of five of us will become carers at some point in our lives.

Find events near you during this week. 


If you’re a carer why not take time for yourself using Start2’s enjoyable and relaxing creative activities to boost and maintain your own wellbeing? Rekindle old passions or learn new skills. You can use Start2’s activities with those you care for. Start2 goes down a treat in groups too. We’ve bite-sized activities and a whole host of subjects to whet your appetite.  To get the most out of Start2 use our Wellbeing Thermometer which will guide you around the resource, suggesting activities to boost and maintain areas of wellbeing.

Start by taking a minute. Feel relaxed and appreciate the small things in life. 


“Thank you Start 2 for inspiring me at my most difficult times as a Carer and a person with several disabling long term illnesses. Looking at the Start2 and trying some of the suggested ideas can really take me "out of myself" and make me feel better.”
Start2 user


Men’s health week – 15th-21st June 2015

This week focuses on healthy living for men, challenging men to care for different aspects of their health. Focus includes thinking nourishing relationships and wellbeing, and being active.

In our Stress Busting - Be Active section we’ve just the activities to get people active whilst enjoying some creative activity. Try our Photographic Scavenger Hunt to boost vitamin D levels and wellbeing and to be active in an enjoyable way.  


THINKPhysical – 14th-19th June 2015 

If you live in Manchester (UK) you’re in luck. This Manchester Mental Health Festival offers a week-long series of community events to bring together academic, healthcare and charity organisations alongside service users, carers and the general public .The festival aims to raise awareness of the importance of improving the physical health of people with severe and enduring mental illness (SMI).

Join Start2 for a stress busting animation workshop and with a whole week of eclectic workshops have a look what else is on


Start2 Creative Self Help Clinics

Start2 is pleased to be trialing 1:1 Creative Self Help Clinics at its Manchester base, for people who want to improve their mental health. The series of brief, weekly, 1:1 creative wellbeing sessions are designed to help develop a starter programme of healthy activities to suit an individual and their lifestyle. For more information click here

“Start2 is helping me develop my skills I haven’t used in a very long time. It is helping me to bring myself out of depression.”
Start2 user


Best wishes


The Start2 team