Success for the first Health and Wellbeing Cafe

St Monica Trust's first Health and Wellbeing Cafe was a hit with over 55's in South Bristol, with 35 people attending the relaxing, social and fun afternoon.



On Thursday 12th October, St Monica Trust held the first ever Health & Wellbeing Café for over 55s. The event which was funded by LinkAge, aimed to introduce older people to new activities and experiences that are beneficial to wellbeing. 

Awaiting guests at the Southbank Club were two massage therapists and a chiropodist who were all available for reduced price bookings of £5 for 15 minute treatments. There was also a social space with free tea, coffee and a selection of beautiful cakes (including diabetic friendly cacao chocolates!), as well as a variety of musical workshops, including sing-a-long sessions, improvised song writing and drumming; and free sound therapy sessions involving gongs and singing bowls. 

All 35 people who attended got involved in one or more ways, whether it was getting a treatment, socialising or taking part in one of the group musical activities. Many were also introduced to sound therapy for the first time, which provided a therapeutic background ambiance for the other therapies. 

Overall there was a really relaxed, social and fun atmosphere, and everyone expressed how much they had enjoyed the afternoon:

‘Thank you so much for the Health & Wellbeing Café event, it reconnected me with my childhood self and has brought back my enthusiasm for life!’

‘I really enjoyed being able to drop in and chat and best of all have some taster massage. I thought the drumming and sounds were really good.’

‘Thank you for arranging this event which was well organised. We were greeted on arrival and encouraged to participate. We enjoyed the fruit tea sitting in the peaceful garden. I had a relaxing and soothing hand massage and my sister benefited from a back and shoulder massage.’

‘It was great to be part of this first Health and Wellbeing Cafe and the feedback we had was also really great.’ (The facilitator after running workshops)

‘Thanks for the cafe event Dan, I thought it was good and I would definitely come along to another one. Will also tell people I know about it. Was lovely to be able to have some low-cost massage and nail care, also liked the sound bath, great ideas.’

‘I spent a pleasant few hours being pampered with hands, feet & back massaged & a new experience of Sound Therapy, my friend was also able to meet up for coffee.’

Everyone was very keen for there to be another event and we received some good suggestions such as the addition of mindfulness sessions. So keep an eye out for any future Health and Wellbeing Cafe's!

St Monica Trust is part of the LinkAge Network.