Following our Spring 2018 newsletter where we introduced the newly appointed and established Wellbeing Support Team, one of the first projects initiated was Womanuel, Emmanuel House’s Woman’s Group.
The Womanuel project ran initially for six weeks and was facilitated by Nottingham-based external creative agency, Nonsuch. The project and sessions were designed to encourage social interaction and offer a relaxed environment in which to express and explore different areas of interest whilst encouraging wellbeing and creative development. During the six week pilot, Nonsuch explored the use of drama to develop positive affirmations, boost confidence and engage with new opportunities. Alongside of this, the group also ventured out to different venues in Nottingham to take part in new experiences which included a visit to KK’s Tea House and Nottingham Contemporary.
The findings a report produced by Nonsuch indicated that:
- Over the course of the programme, participants mental wellbeing significantly improved.
- We gathered evidence to support that the four desired outcome measures identified by EH were achieved.
- From our sample, the average wellbeing score at the beginning was 45.5 (average) which increased to an average score of 63 (above average) – a 38% increase.
- If a participant’s score increased by three to eight WEMWBS points during the project, WEMWBS would be demonstrating that mental wellbeing meaningfully improved over the course of the project. Our average participant total score rose by 17.5.
- 232% increase in those feeling comfortable to take part & share information.
- 100% of participants felt their confidence had improved.
- 100% of participants felt that their general well being improved.
- Participants indicated that they had achieved their own personal goals ranging from: making more friends, having fun, meeting other great women to feeling less isolated.
Following a recent successful application to the National Lottery Awards for All, the sessions will again be facilitated by Nonsuch for 15 weeks in the Autumn. During the summer, the group will continue to meet for a programme of sessions, as decided and lead by the group members assistant by Emmanuel House Support Workers. To read the full report from Nonsuch, please click here. There are weekly updates on our latest news page about each session, these can be found here.