Funding sought for wellbeing event to help Shropshire pupils

Thousands of Shropshire pupils will have the opportunity to improve their wellbeing using the power of meditation at a unique event later this year.

But the organiser, an author and children’s mental health advocate, is appealing to local businesses to help make the day as successful as possible.

Sarah Griffiths travels across the county and beyond delivering workshops at schools – all based on her series of books looking at different aspects of wellbeing. She will be inviting 4,000 primary school pupils to join her at the International Centre on Thursday 8th October for an event based on her latest book, Finding Stones for Grandma as part of her long-term mission to empower young people/provide the tools for better mental health.

The rhyming story focuses on connecting with nature, positive thinking, and the practice of meditation using the metaphor of searching for beautiful stones. The characters are based on Sarah’s own grandmother and her young daughter Eva.

The Telford-based author said: “I wrote the story to remind us of the powerful connection we have to each other and our beautiful planet. The stones in the story are a metaphor for the beauty we choose to see in every day. Positive thinking is an integral part of maintaining wellbeing, something the children will be able to use to benefit their mental health both now and throughout their lives.

“At the event, I want to lead children and empower them through the beautiful practices of visualisation and meditation to show them how their positive focus will support them through all areas of their life. It will support children to think in a way that benefits them, building their resilience, confidence and the connections between them – building trust and instilling wisdom that will support them through any situation.

“The story will give children and teachers a practice that they can use daily, and the experience of a powerful visualisation that will stay with them. When they are worried or anxious, they can take out the stone they’ll be given at the event and visualise what they want to happen, looking for the good and focusing on the positive areas of their lives. This is all fantastic for their resilience, confidence and self-esteem.”

Sarah is hoping businesses who believe in the importance of children’s wellbeing will support the event through donations, and has set up a crowdfunding website in order to raise the funds needed – if she reaches her total of £40,000 then she will be able to invite pupils from 100 Telford schools completely free of charge.

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sarah-j-griffiths to donate, or for more information on Sarah’s work visit www.sarahgriffithsauthor.co.uk.

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