Blend Youth Collective C.I.C. in Bude, North Cornwall has received funding from UK Youth and Cornwall Community Foundation to enable it to extend its Worry Walk initiative to other good causes interested in accessing its fundraising and mental wellbeing benefits.
Worry Walks happen in two stages:
The first stage sees people come together (within Covid-19 guidelines) to share worries in an open, honest, confidential, non-judgemental way and encouraging belief that a problem shared is a problem halved.
They are given a slate and pen to write a worry on. The slates are placed in a box. This process is a cathartic catalyst for unburdening, leading to Stage 2 – the Walk itself.
Next, a date and route is set to take the box on a challenging journey as a metaphor for the weight of carrying worries through life. Along the way, young people share their worries until they feel ready to leave their slates behind.
They return lighter, understanding that opening up can alleviate worries until ultimately, they can be left behind.
Jamie Wright, a Director of Blend says: ‘Having instigated Worry Walks in Bude and Bodmin, we have facilitated not only an alleviation of worries and encouraged openness and physical activity amongst many of our young people, but also raised several hundreds of pounds for good causes such as PAPYRUS in the process.
‘Now with the generous financial backing of our funders, we can provide a Worry Walk toolkit to other charities and community groups to enable them to take their own Worry Walk. The concept is open to all and we would love to hear from other groups that are keen to benefit in their own way.’
To find out more and view videos of past Walks, visit www.worrywalk.org