(Picture: Howard with Felicity and Allison)
An innovative programme designed to help people manage and reduce stress, anxiety levels and depression has celebrated its first birthday on Friday 28th April.
Valleys Steps, which is supported by Cwm Taf University Health Board, provides free stress control and mindfulness courses to people across Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil.
The courses are designed to help understand more about themselves and learn ways to boost well-being.
In the past year, the initiative has helped to support a wide variety of people across the South Wales Valleys to find new ways of managing and improving their mental health.
To celebrate the achievements and mark the first birthday of Valleys Steps, a special event was held last week at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd.
The event, which was attended by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Vaughan Gething, gave people the chance to learn more about the work of Valleys Steps and take part in some mindfulness taster sessions with lead practitioner, Alison Jones.
It also provided visitors with information on the variety of services and support available across Rhondda Cynon Taf, and how people can volunteer with Valleys Steps.
Service Manager, Felicity Crump, said:
“The event was a great opportunity to see how much has been achieved by Valleys Steps and what our courses can do to boost people’s well-being. It was also good to see people finding out about other related services in the community.
“It was fantastic to have so much support for the event and the work of Valleys Steps, and to give people the chance to see what an impact the service can have in improving mental health in the population.”
Hear a recent interview with the girls from Valleys Steps by clicking here