KEY FACTS, YEAR 1
Course participants: 1,943
Average increase in participant well-being: 139%
Courses delivered: 88
Welcome to our Press Kit. Here you’ll find all the resources you need to cover Valleys Steps. If we have missed anything or you would like to discuss your feature, please do get in touch.
As a small, relatively new charity we really do appreciate all of the support we have been given by the media. If you are interested in developing a more formal, promotional partnership with Valleys Steps, we’d love to hear from you.
Name: Richard Bundy
Tel: 01443 803048
Valleys Steps is a local organisation offering free, open access, self help courses in Stress Control and Mindfulness to help people better understand and manage their feelings in order to improve their wellbeing. Courses are available throughout Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil.
Service Manager of Valleys Steps, Felicity Crump said:
“The first year has been extremely exciting and busy for Valleys Steps. It’s been great to see people engaging in the courses, feeding back how it has had a positive effect on their Well-being and we are looking forward to reaching out to more of the population going forward’’
Having achieved a successful pilot, Valleys Steps has been tasked with providing those experiencing low-level anxiety and depression, with a genuine alternative to prescription medication or referral to mental health services.
In Valleys Steps’ first year, they ran 77 local courses which were attended by nearly 2000 people. Feedback from participants has been very pleasing, along with consistent increased well-being scoring.
Local GPs are supportive of the courses too, as they are seen to provide a genuine alternative to patients who are seeking to improve their wellbeing and reduce their stress.
General practitioner Jonathan Richards said:
“Everyone experiences stress in their lives and times when they are anxious or low in mood. Valleys Steps is a great resource to teach people how to manage the ups and downs of life. It helps that access is so easy and Valleys Steps courses are for anyone. The practitioners are well trained and I have confidence in them and the courses.”
If you’re interested in featuring Valleys Steps, please do get in touch with Felicity for more details.
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