Here you can find further information about previous projects that have now finished.
Postnatal Community of Strength
Delivered on behalf of Darkside Training, the Postnatal Community of strength was a specialist strength training project for women at risk of postnatal depression and anxiety. It ran for 26 weeks between November 2019 and July 2020, supporting 36 women, and was supported by an investment from Wave 9 of the Mental Health Promotion Fund.
Over the course of the programme, we saw a 29% reduction in postnatal anxiety (from mid-range mild-moderate anxiety to only just symptomatic) and 15% reduction in postnatal depression (finishing with an asymptomatic average score). A great success given the latter half was delivered during the first national Covid-19 lockdown.
A number of beneficiaries are continuing their training, subsidised through our own small Postnatal Fund.
Pelvic Floor Project
Delivered on behalf of Darkside Training, the Pelvic Floor Project was funded by gap funding from Wave 9 of the Mental Health Promotion fund. 30 women undertook 12 weeks of dedicated pelvic floor health sessions, with breathing exercises and mindfulness, to improve symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction and mental health.
The demand was this project was extraordinary, with 30 spaces filled in 3 days, a mix of new mums and older women who had been suffering for years after the birth of their children. Common symptoms included urge and stress incontinence and participants would often limit social activities and exercise, reduce fluid intake and wear pads because of this.
Between December 2020 and February 2021 we saw a 35% reduction in pelvic floor symptoms, with beneficiaries expressing an increase in confidence and physical awareness of their pelvic floor and an intent to continue practice to reap even greater benefits.
There was also a 13% reduction in anxiety and 23% reduction in depression. Though the improvements in anxiety were modest, the project began in December and continued over January and February, the hardest winter months of lockdown 3.0, and so we consider any decrease at all to be a success in this context.
Delivered on behalf of Darkside Training, the Spectrum Project was a programme of strength training, mindfulness and mentoring for autistic women and girls. Between July 2020 and March 2021, 20 autistic women took part, we have seen increases of 20.8% in physical health, 13.7% in psychological health, 8.6% in social health, 17.5% in environmental health, 9.9% in quality of life and 10% in health satisfaction.
Delivered between July and December 2020, and funded through a grant from the National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund, the Heroes’ Project involved a range of online exercise, mindful-art and meditation sessions to female key workers in Lincolnshire to improve mental health, build resilience and create community.
And ultimately, to say ‘Thank You’, to Lincolnshire’s key workers during Covid-19.